Farm related activities and crafts make a great theme for learning at any time of the year. You can have planting themed activities in the spring, and harvesting themes in the Autumn (Fall), but since toddlers seem to love farm animals and the noises they make I think this is one time when the season really doesn’t matter.
I’ve rounded up a fabulous list of farm activities for toddlers to help your tot learn all about farm animals.
Farm small world inspiration
We have a Happyland house and tree house that Miss E and Master J love to play with. They put the people through the doors, lay them in the bath, slide them down the treehouse slide and set the people up with the chairs and tables.
I’m pretty sure that means we’re now ready to try some small world play so I was keen to find some inspiration among my fellow mom bloggers.
- First up I found this wonderful series of On the Farm small world play ideas over at TwoDaloo. I love the little bowl with the blue water for the ducks to swim in, and the pig stye.
- Over at Sunhats and Wellie boots I discovered this wonderful harvest sensory play. I love the idea of using play dough for a field where crops can be grown.
- And then there was this awesome sensory tub filled with popcorn kernels, dried lentils, fake acorns and farm toys.
- Oh and if you have any of those little yellow Easter chicks in your supply cupboard then this chick seed sensory play could be the perfect way to use them.
- I couldn’t not include this amazing sew it yourself farm play mat. It’s just perfect for those times when you don’t want to worry about the kids making a mess with sensory materials. I’m adding it to my sewing to do list.
I’ve written myself a shopping list so I can pick up some bird seed, corn and rice at the store.
Farm crafts for toddlers
Now what about some farm art and craft projects? These ones look perfect for toddlers or preschoolers.
- I picked some paper plates up at the store a few weeks ago and we have a spare egg carton so this paper plate pig has made the short list.
- I love handprint art because as you make new pictures over time you can see how much your little ones have grown. This cow and horse farm picture is pretty adorable.
- If you’ve got a pipe cleaner and an empty yoghurt pot then you could make this super simple cow bell.
- When I think of sheep craft I think of cotton wool, which is why I love this sheep craft that uses wine corks instead!
- And I’ll finish up with this super cute red barn and silo because I’m still collecting toilet roll tubes and I need something to use them for.
Farm themed books
And finally we’ll need some farm themed books to read:
- How Big is a Pig? is a beautiful board book decorated with felt, thread and beads. The rhyming story will the kiddos learn all about farm animals and opposites, but they can also count the flowers, learn about colours and tell stories about the pictures.
- Do Cows Meow? is packed full of brightly coloured animals, and by lifting the flaps the little ones can learn the sounds that the animals make.
- If your little one is already a fan of The Hungry Caterpillar the 10 Little Rubber Ducks board book will be the perfect choice for farm week. Follow the ducks as they get swept away on an adventure out on the high seas.
- And for a little bit of special farmyard fun the My Farm Friends personalised board book from the folks at I See Me puts your child right there in the story!
When husband and wife team Maia and Allan Haag received a personalised book as a gift for their son in 1998 they set out to write a series of educational books for children that would put them right in the story. Their award winning books have become popular among celebrities like Brooke Sheilds and Courtney Cox and their range of personalised products has now extended to include growth charts, puzzles and even lunch boxes.