Simple Pig Craft

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We are almost done with our Farm unit, {wish I could have spent a week on each animal} but we are ending with pigs.

I recently saw a super cute pig on pinterest, but decided that buying 24 pink large plates and 24 pink small plates was a little out of my budget for a craft project.

So…  I got out my computer tools and whipped up my own simplified version of the project.  I just printed the shapes (focus on circle, triangle and rectangle) on pink construction paper, the kids cut them out and lastly we added a pink tail and google eyes.  They are super cute and were MUCH cheaper than the paper plate version.

Here’s our group of pigs in the mud!  Aren’t they cute?  I love how they all turned out a little different and their curly little tales are super fun!

 

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Download the pig shape PDF

Happy crafting!

Chicken Activities

Last week in preschool we focused on cows and milk.  This week we turned to the chicken.  The funniest part was trying to explain that the eggs we eat for breakfast cannot be baby chicks even if we sit on them and keep them warm.  :-)  Hmm… how to explain to 3, 4 and 5 years olds about fertilization is pretty funny.  I explained that the “magic” called fertilization hadn’t happened yet, so no matter what, those eggs couldn’t be chicks.

We made fun and simple chicken heads from paper plates, construction paper and google eyes.  The kiddos traced their hand to create the funny red feathers on the top.  We cut triangles for beaks and added google eyes.  Voila!  Done.

We had a family at our school that had just purchased chicks as pets, so they brought them to the Pre-K class on sharing day.  Cute little fuzz balls!

We also did some egg exploration.  We predicted if eggs would sink or float using both raw eggs and hard-boiled {FYI – they both sink}.  Then we cracked open each type of egg and discussed the vocabulary, shell, white and yolk.  The kids got to see how the eggs felt if they wanted to and then of course, washed that raw egg off their hands in the sink.  We also experimented with the shell to discover that it floated if set on top of the water and sunk if we filled it with water.  {surprise, surprise}

For some fun creative art we used plastic Easter eggs to create abstract paintings.  They turned out very cute!

 

In addition, we played several games that I learned while teaching Kindergarten:

#1 – Chicken, Chicken  -  To play this game ask the children to sit in the circle.  Choose 1 child to be “chicken”.  Ask the “chicken” to sit outside of the group with their back to the group and their eyes closed.  Place a plastic egg behind the “chicken’s” back.  The teacher then taps one child on the head designating them as the “egg borrower”.  The “borrower” quietly sneaks up behind the chicken, takes the eggs, returns to their seat and hides the egg in their lap.  Once that is complete the class as a group says, “Chicken, chicken, who has the egg?”  The chicken then comes to the group and tries to guess who has the egg.  We gave them 3 guesses and then revealed the egg borrower if they were yet to be found.  They wanted to play this for hours….

#2 – Spoon and Egg relay race – Ask the children to line up in even numbered teams.  Give the front child in each group a spoon with a plastic egg.  They had to run down the field, around the hula hoop {you could use anything} and back without dropping the egg.  If they dropped it, they had to come back and start again.  After completing their turn they handed it to the next child in line.  Which ever team completed their turns first won!  Such simple fun!

Hope you enjoy some fun farm games and activities with those you love this week!

Farm Pop-up Book Printables

Our Pre-K year is quickly coming to a close.  That means these sweet little ones need to be completely ready for Kindergarten. 

To help them prepare we have begun guided writing.  Don’t know what that is?  Well, it’s exactly as it sounds.  You guide the children through the process of writing letter by letter, direction by direction {where to start on the lines, where to stop, how to leave finger spaces etc.}  It’s a slow process, but a great method to begin to really teach penmanship.

We are making Farm Pop-up books!  Over the next 3 weeks we’ll complete this 4 page book using guided writing.  I love the way the cow pops off the page.

The kiddos add the background to the picture before gluing on the cow.

If you’d like to download the farm pop-up book animals you can download them here.

I have made some super simple paper you can use if you’d like to make one too.  I created 4 varieties of paper depending on where your child is at in the writing process.

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Download:  Option 1,   Option 2,   Option 3,   Option 4

Happy farm writing, or really anything writing since the papers aren’t specific!

 

Favorite Milk Graph

What do you think of when you consider cows and farms?  Milk, of course!  We thought of that too.  This week we did a taste test to see which type of milk the children preferred:  plain, strawberry or chocolate.

The results were pretty close to what I expected.  I used white construction paper to make a large graph and a PDF printable glass sheet for their voting cups.

What is your favorite flavor of milk?

We also made homemade ice cream with other delicious products that come from cows!  YUMMERS!

Adorable Cow “MOOOOO”

Spring is here, the grass is growing, animals abound…  ahhh!  I just love it!  What a great time of the year to learn about the Farm.  Just for fun I created a great little entry way for the kids.   I simply used construction paper to make this simple barn entryway to preschool. 

Yes, we go to preschool in the basement, but it’s fully finished and really light.  I love being able to teach down there and then come upstairs, close the door and not think about work.

This past week we made the most adorable giant cows. The kids love them and can’t wait for me to take them off the wall so they can take them home.  I simply used construction paper and glue.  I have a simple hand-drawn master in PDF form that you can download if you wish.  Cow Parts PDF

For the body I used a 12×18 inch sheet of white construction paper and simply drew a jelly bean shape.  The tail is made of 3 pieces of black yarn.

Hope you enjoy our super cute cows and make some with your little ones!

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Farm Number Match-up Game

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s farm packet.  My kiddos are loving the games and activities.  While you are here, why not follow along?

Today I’m going to share our farm number match-up game.  This will help the little ones in your life practice counting to 12 and number recognition to 12.

Download and print out the PDF.  Numbers 1-4 Numbers 5-8, Numbers 9-12

Laminate cards and cut out.  Cut animals in half separating the side with the spots from the side with the number.  Have students work in pairs to match the correct number spots to the correct numeral.

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**  BONUS **  I made these simple animals to use as name tags. 

I printed them out, wrote their names on them and laminated them.  Now the kids practice name recognition by finding their name tag, but in addition they are required to trace their name with white board marker on their name tag several times a day.

Name Tag PDF Here

All graphics are from the fabulous mygrafico.com and the artists are Stockberry Studios and Goodness & Fun.

Hope you enjoy this and have a great hump day!

Preschool Farm Pack

We are starting our farm unit next week in preschool.  I made a pack of fun printable activities:  Everything from puppets, patterns, smallest to tallest, number writing etc.  Join the fun and download this pack for the little ones in your life!

Special thanks to the AMAZING graphic artists at mygrafico.com, especially Stockbury Studios, Revi Devi and Goodness & Fun!  Without them sharing for educational purposes these would be very drab.  :-)

Over the next several weeks I’ll post some hands-on activities too, since I can’t stand too much paper/pencil for little ones.

Follow along to get more FAB FARM ideas!

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DOWNLOAD the FREE  farm packet PDF HERE.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

If you like this farm pack you’ll love my Farm number writing printable book.  It’s available in my SHOP.On each page students have the opportunity to write each number and glue on a corresponding item. For example feathers, feed box (rectangle paper), fence posts, horse tail hairs etc.   It’s SUPER cute!

You can buy it at my SHOP for $1.00!  What a deal!

>Linked up at:  Mommy by Day Crafter by Night,Reasons to skip the housework, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeConfessions of a Stay at Home MommySkip to my Lou, Oopsey Daisy, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Sun Scholars

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