Most children are naturally drawn to animals and farm life. Close your eyes for a minute and imagine the fresh air, barn animals lazing around, and the smell coming from the fields. Feel refreshing, right? Millennial kids have little to no connection with life at a farm. Preschool is the ideal age to introduce them to farming and help children understand where their food comes from.
So, if you are looking for ways to introduce your child to farming, try these fun farm activities for preschoolers. Whether indoor activities such as storytelling, crafts, or outdoor picnics, this list of farm activities covers everything that may interest your little one.
20 Farm Activities For Preschoolers
Here are some of the best farm activities for preschoolers to introduce them to farming. You may head out to a farm or practice these activities at home; your little one is sure to have oodles of fun.
1. Animal names
For this activity, you can use animal charts or books having names and pictures. Now let your child browse through these images of farm animals and learn their names, color, appearance, and maybe sounds too.
2. Pig craft
For this activity, you need a blank sheet of paper, a pink color sheet, glue, and a pair of scissors. Draw the outlines of a pig’s body on the pink sheet and give it to your toddler. Now, ask them to cut it out and glue the pig’s body on the blank sheet. Lastly, your child may write down about each body part.
3. Animal sorting
For this activity, you need both farm and non-farm animal toys. Place two bins adjacent to each other, mix up all the toys, and place them in front of the bins. Now, ask your toddlers to put all the non-farm animals in one bin and the farm animals such as the cow, pig, and sheep in the other one.
4. Farming songs
Learning farm songs is another fun activity that you may try. Play songs such as ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ and ‘Farmer in the Dell.’ Let your child sing and dance to these fun tunes.
5. Matching the food
For this activity, you need chart paper. Divide the chart into two halves. On one side, write the names of farm animals. And, on the other side, write the food items they consume. For example, you can write cows on one side and grass on the other. Now, let your child match the names of animals with food items they consume.
6. Farming lingo
For this activity, you need popsicle sticks with 26 letters stuck on the top. Now, for each alphabet, the child has to come up with a word related to a farm—for example, A for Apple, B for Barn, and so on.
7. Reading books
Get some cute books on farming. You may also get books with 3D layouts that appeal to kids. This allows the children to explore a farm in many different ways without even going to one.
8. The Big Red Barn
Tell the short story of The Big Red Barn to your child. You may also turn this activity into a short performance. Gather a group of children, assign roles and give dialogues to each of them. Now, let them narrate the story of The Big Red Barn.
9. Sensory bin
Fill a bag with beans, corns, seeds, miniature toys, and some sand for this sensory activity. Now, blindfold your child and run their hand through the sensory bag. Let them guess what’s inside.
10. Farm circle time
In this group activity, introduce the toddlers to farm-related circle theme games such as “The farmer is in his den.” You may choose a volunteer to be a farmer. And, all other children have to form a circle around the farmer and recite poems or tell farm stories. Now the farmer inside can tap another child who would come inside the den, and the game continues.
11. The Little Red Hen
Share this exciting story with your toddler. The story revolves around a little hen who plants, nurtures, and harvests the wheat crop all by herself. This story teaches the importance of hard work in a kid-friendly manner.
12. Sheep art
For this activity, you will need some cotton or wool. Draw a sheep on chart paper. Then, let your child cover the body using wool and glue. They may get creative and use multiple colors of wool or just stick to one.
13. Apple tasting
Take the kids to visit an apple orchard. Show them various types of apples and how they are grown. Let them run around, pluck and taste some apples for a wholesome experience.
14. Sweet corn sensory play
Make a sensory box and fill it with sweet corn. Now give your child a bamboo scoop, a tiny bag, and a toy truck. Let the children pick up fresh corn using the scoop and load it in the mini-truck, and put the rotten corn into a bag. This activity also helps in the improvement of their motor skills.
15. Farm printable pack
The farm printable pack usually contains stickers of animals, crops, fertilizers, and more. Ask the children to draw a farm field on chart paper. Now use these stickers to complete the project. Voila, your farm is ready!
16. Farm outing
For a fun outing at a farm, grab a picnic basket and load it with snacks, juices, and a mat. You may also carry your child’s favorite toys. At the farm, let your child stroll around and have fun interacting with farm animals under your supervision.
17. Farm playdough
Give the children some play dough or clay and ask them to mold it into farm equipment such as a tractor, a scoop, a plow, and farm animals such as cows and sheep. Ask them to create farmland by adding trees and a clay farmhouse.
18. Growing vegetables
For this activity, you will need some seeds, pot, mud, and water. Let your child plant these seeds into various pots, add mud and water to nourish them. Ask them to water and nurture these saplings every day. You may pick seeds of any vegetable that can be grown quickly at home.
19. Painting a farm
Head to the nearest farm with your little one. Ask them to carry their watercolors, brushes, and drawing book along with them. Now let your little artist paint the farm using their creative perspective.
20. Farm storytelling
Ask the children to prepare a 2-minute story about a farm for this fun activity. They can get wild and creative with their narration. This activity can help improve their speaking, listening, and language skills.
Farm activities for preschoolers effectively work on the development of their gross and fine motor skills. From color matching to science activities that require precision and concentration, these farm-themed activities work on different areas of a child’s development. Most importantly, children may learn to appreciate a farmer’s efforts and express their gratitude before meals every day.