Kids Farm Activities And Sensory Play
Math, Science And Literacy On The Farm #PlayfulPreschool
Hands-On, Playful Preschool Farm Activities
I am so excited to be a part of a great team of educators and moms joining together to bring all of you amazing playful preschool activities each week. Each week will have a fun theme for the month or holiday and will cover all areas of early learning including the arts. music, science, literacy, math and more. I hope you will check back each week to see what we have to offer. We love hands-on sensory play and simple early learning activities!
Preschool Farm Activities
This week’s theme is all about the farm! We are lucky to have had the opportunity to visit several different farms in the area including a sunflower farm and a dairy farm! There are so many interesting aspects to farm life from planting and harvesting to the different machines used! Our preschool activities this week touch a bit on many early learning areas including science, mathematics, literacy, fine motor skills, and sensory play. I love to set up discovery tables with both self-directed play ideas and parent-included play time. Tip: I usually step back and let him explore the materials and tools laid out and offer ideas, ask or answer questions as needed. Once he is satisfied with his own explorations, I enjoy sharing some simple ideas with him. Playful learning at it’s best!
- Preschool scale
- 2 bins for sensory play materials
- Popcorn kernels (grocery store)
- Decorative hay (craft store)
- farm animals
- 2 half cup measuring cups
- 2 small same sized containers
- Clothespins, paper, box or crate, marker
- Books! I grabbed a few from the library that were different from some of ours but the ones we enjoy are in Amazon links below. These are great too but looks like they aren’t easily sold anymore!)
I simply set out to bins of sensory materials, the scale, books and animals to start. As the week went on, I added the fence building/pretend play activity and the tractor with farm words. Note: Be mindful of your table size and your child’s ability to attend. Too many activities can be overwhelming at once.
Our Preschool Farm Activities Discovery Table
Although I have put an activity into each of the sections below, you will noticed that there are many crossovers as well. Sensory play is always involved. Playful preschool should always engage multiple senses!
Preschool Farm Activities: Math And Science
Our new preschool level scale has been lots of fun!
Science lesson: Matter
Matter is anything that takes up room and has weight is matter. We talked about our two materials hay and corn. We experimented with the two materials to see which weighs more or less (great math terms). Point out how a small amount of matter of one kind can weigh more than the same amount of matter of another kid. Hay vs. corn! We removed a few kernels at a time to make it even.
Math Lesson: Measuring Concepts
We explored full, empty, more, less, even, same while filling our measuring cups.
Preschool Farm Activities: Sensory Play
The decorative hay and corn kernels serve as wonderful sensory play materials for children. Please supervise as necessary.
Preschool Farm Activities: Fine Motor Skills
Build a fence. Use a shoebox or crate. Cut 4 strips of paper and provide clothespins. Model how to attach clothespins and build a fence. Let the creative play begin! Great for hand strengthening and fine motor skills too!
Preschool Farm Activities: Literacy
I printed out simple farm words for practicing vocabulary, matching objects, and identifying letters. I added farm books all week long from our collection and the library.
Hope You Enjoy Our Playful Preschool Farm Activities for Kids!
Plan Your Learning Week with Preschool Activities for the Farm Theme
From the #PLAYfulPreschool Education Team!
Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Art, Sensory, Songs and MORE!!!!
Farm Animal Letter Sounds by Mom Inspired Life
Learning to Write: Labeling the Farm by Growing Book by Book
Make a Who Am I Farm Animal Book by The Educators’ Spin On It
Corn Life Cycle & Sequencing Cards for Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
While at the Farm: Children’s Farm Song by Capri + 3
Farm Animal Counting and Sorting Sensory Bin by Life Over C’s
Farm Themed Count and Add Activity for Preschool by Rainy Day Mum
Preschoolers DIY Farm by Tiny Tots Adventure
Preschool Science: Duck Feather Experiment by Raising Lifelong Learners
Farm Animal Sort by Powerful Mothering
Wash the Farm: Fruits and Vegetable Sensory Play for Preschoolers by The Kennedy Adventures
We would like to extend an invitation to join us tonight at 9:00 P.M. EST for a live Google Hangout talking about the activities we are doing with our preschoolers for the farm theme. This hangout will be recorded and able to be viewed at a future date.