Milk a Cow
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Encourage the children to
pretend to be farmers, using any props you have available.
Ahead of time, make a pinhole in each fingertip of a latex glove. Outside,
hang a clothesline about three feet above the ground. Clip the prepared
glove to the clothesline with a spring-type clothespin. Place a pail below
the glove and a low stool or chair beside it. To help the kids understand
more about cows, milk a glove! Fill the
prepared glove with water. Let the kids take turns squeezing the
fingertips of the glove as if milking, so that the bucket goes into the
bucket. A friend of mine had one of the Dads of her preschoolers cut out a
big cow from ply wood with a stand. She attached two of those thin latex
gloves to the bottom of the cow, poked needle sized holes in the
fingertips. Now the kids can milk the cow! We took one saw horse, wrapped
numerous layers of newspaper around the middle and then a brown blanket.
Add yarn tail, paint some spots on saw horse legs, add cow face, made from
a shoebox, rubber glove for utters, the children milked it, rode it,
combed its tail, one of the best learning experiences for farm in a long
time - everyone had a great time.
Make a barn out of a large
cardboard box. Have the children help paint it. When dry, the children can
play in it.
Be an Animal added
How about if they
pretended to be an animal, like a duck, and made up a story about their
day on the farm? What would they do, what would the eat, where would they
sleep, etc. Play a pantomime game. Using small plastic farm animals or
small pictures as cues, one child looks at the picture or animal secretly
and then pantomimes the actions of that animal - kids guess which animal
Blocks Penning The Pig
Encourage the children to build pigpens for toy pigs and a farm for other
farm animals. Using rubber farm animals, children can build homes the
correct size for each animal using different kinds of blocks ie: unit
blocks, color inch cubes and lincoln logs.
Feed The Animals
Place a toy animal of your choice on the table. In front of the animal,
place a tin pie plate. Provide the child with a pan containing uncooked
oats or popcorn, and a scoop to feed the animal. Consult with the child on
how many scoops of food the animal should eat, then help the child place
that many scoops of food into the pan. Pretend the animal eats all of the
food. How many more scoops should the animal be fed?