I’ve done farm story times before but I think this is my favorite one! The combination of books and craft was perfect and the kids had a really good time!
The three books we read were:
- Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
- Barnyard Boogie by Tim McCanna
- The Cow Said Neigh! by Rory Fleek
Farmer Duck came out in 1991, and I have a distinct memory of reading it as a kid. Over and over the farmer says “How goes the work duck?” and I remember my mom saying that to me as a kid when I was cleaning my room of doing my homework. The nostalgia was strong with this one! The kids liked it a lot which was a win because sometimes reading older books is a miss with such a young audience. Barnyard Boogie was SO much fun! There were a lot of instrument sounds and the kids had fun making them with me. The Cow Said Neigh is a modern classic as far as I am concerned. I love reading this one to kids! It is all mixed up so when the cow says neigh they all go “what??? no that’s not what cows say! They say moo!” and it never gets old. There are a lot of fun animal sounds in this one and they have to tell me what sounds the animals really do make so it is a good practice!
Our craft today was so fun. I’ve seen lots of marble painting crafts on Pinterest, so I kind of made this up (though I’m sure I’m not the first to do this). Essentially what you do is put a piece of paper in a plastic container and tape it down. Then you put dollops of paint on the paper, and put marbles into the plastic container. Then you let the kids tilt the container to roll the marbles through the paint and create paint streaks on the paper.
I decided this was the perfect format for a pig painting craft! I printed a cute pig on cardstock, taped it to containers, and we put brown paint on them as mud.
The most important lesson of this activity was to NOT touch the marble. They were immediately covered in paint. We washed our hands before our snack anyway but I really didn’t want them to have super messy hands.
It was SO fun! The kids did such a good job rolling the marbles through the paint. It’s a lesson in hand eye coordination too so that was an added bonus! When we were finished with the pigs, we did a short tracing activity before we had our snacks. Here are the finished products!
Link to last year’s farm story hour: Story Hour: Farm Animals