Feed the Bunnies Counting Activity

I’ve been teaching for many years, and I am always looking for inexpensive, new ways to present learning opportunities to the children. I recently put together this free Feed the Bunnies math game. This colorful teaching tool attracts the children’s attention, and increases number sense (counting, number recognition, etc.).

We will be using this activity as an extension to the story Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. This book is about a bunny is in search of the perfect home in spring. However, when he meets a family of robins, a frog, and a groundhog, the bunny realizes that not every home he finds will suit him. The bunny eventually comes upon the perfect home and someone to share it with. The beautiful illustrations of Garth Williams bring the story to life.

MATERIALS USED:

– White card stock
– Plastic cups
– Our free printable numbered bunnies (1-10)
– Googly eyes
– Cotton balls
– Stapler
– Easter grass
– Plastic carrots (Walmart)


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Colored Eggshell Collage

Don’t throw away those eggshells after peeling your colored Easter eggs. Here’s a cute springtime activity that is very appealing to most children. It works to stimulate imaginations and foster creativity. We did our collages on butterflies and flowers, but any shape will do. We also chose to keep things simple, but there is no limit to the materials which can be added to these cute collages.

Materials Used:

– Construction paper
– Our free butterfly template
– Our free flower template
– Colored eggshells
– A variety of collage materials (if desired)
– Scissors
– Glue


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Easter Egg Lacing Cards

These free Easter egg lacing cards are an excellent way for preschoolers to build fine motor skills and strengthen eye-hand coordination. When working with beginner lacers, it’s important to emphasize the in and out motion. I have my children say this along with me:

“Hello neighbor, goodbye neighbor, hello neighbor, goodbye neighbor..”

As the children work to weave, this chant helps to remind them that they should be sewing into the next hole, and not the one on the other side of the card. As young learners become more experienced, they will begin to use their helper hands to turn and manipulate the cards as they lace.

I recommend printing these on card stock. Laminate, if possible, for heavy use. Happy lacing!

DOWNLOAD THE FREE EASTER EGG LACING CARDS

Easter egg lacing cards


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Free Farm Animal Beginning Sounds Worksheets

We are offering 2 free beginning sounds worksheets to go along with a farm unit. The first requires the child to write the letter that the animal begins with. The second worksheet calls for a line to be drawn from each farm animal to the letter it begins with.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE WORKSHEETS

Beginning Sounds – Farm Animals 1
Beginning Sounds – Farm Animals 2


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Barnyard Texture Collage

A trip to my local craft store inspired this texture filled collage. It all started when I saw the cow print flannel. I decided that I had to incorporate it into an art project for my classroom. I added a few other textural materials, and came up with this barnyard collage.

I am looking forward to seeing how the children use will these items, when they are given the opportunity to create their own. I hope that you all will have fun creating your own barnyard collages.

As an added note, I have found that reading books about the farm and life in the barnyard, makes this a more meaningful art project. A favorite of the children’s is Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Raffia
– Mini eggs
– Chicken feed
– Cow print flannel
– Woolly fabric
– Feathers
– Glue
– Scissors

Be sure to use all of your favorite “barnyard materials”!


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Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm Pig Craft

We’ve been having such a good time with our farm unit. We read Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm, by Joy Cowley, on Monday and Tuesday, and the children have asked to read it again every day since. I guess you could say they have a slight obsession with the Mrs. and her silly animals. In this story, the animals flee the farm in order to get out of a good scrubbing.

“No more washing!” they say.

The animals make their way into the city where adventure ensues. My kids really enjoy the part where the animals find themselves in a hardware store and make a mess with the paint. So I am hoping that they will also enjoy thumb printing their own splattered pigs.



MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Our free downloadable pig template
– Finger paints
– Googly eyes
– Pink pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Glue
– Scissors
– Crayons


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Favorite Farm Animal Graph

Spring has sprung, and we are deep into our On the Farm Unit. This week, we’ve been busy graphing our favorite farm animals. The children are learning that graphs are a way to organize information. We talked about how their favorite animals are the information, and the graph is the organizer. When our graph was completed, I worked with small groups to evaluate the data. We counted how many people liked each animal, and worked with the concept of more/less/same. Looks like it’s the horse for the win!

The clipart used, in this graph, can be found at Clipart Kid.


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Number Quantity With Farm Animals

This farm animal game is a fun way for children to exhibit number sense. By placing a numbered group of animals on its corresponding barn, preschoolers demonstrate number quantity knowledge – the understanding that numbers represent quantity and that quantity is represented by a number. Additionally, this activity incorporates counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition.

So what are you waiting for? Gather some farm animals and download our free printable numbered barns!


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