Thursday, 12 June 2014

EYFS themed activities - 'On the farm'.

This list looks at different activities you could do with your children. There are thousands of other ideas on my 'On the farm’ pinterest board, so please pop along and follow me. :)
All of the 'On the farm' activities have been grouped into the EYFS areas of learning that I feel they best fit into, but feel free to rearrange them to suit your planning.

Personal, social and emotional development:

·        Take a group trip to the farm. Feed the animals and learn how they are taken care of.
·        Talk about your favourite animal, and listen to others talk about their favourite animal.
·        Create an 'on the farm' reward chart for your children. 
·        Make some 'on the farm' reward certificates.
·        Encourage children to make their own 'on the farm' place mats. Remember to add the child's name to make them more personal. You could always send them home when you start your new theme.
·        Make some bird feeders, discuss the importance of feeding the birds, especially in the winter months.
·        Add some fun props to your quiet area. You could make some seats out of large bales of hay, and add some 'on the farm' themed sensory bottles and sensory bags.
·        Create a group hand -print peacock. Everyone could draw around their hands and write their name on it. They can then all be stuck onto the peacocks body. This would make a lovely display for the classroom or playroom.
·        Make 'on the farm' bookmarks, add the childs name to make them more personal. 
·        If you are feeling very adventurous you could raise your own chicks. The happy chick company have a whole website on raising chicken. This is a quote from their 'what do we do' page - "We at The Happy Chick Company, specialise in providing a complete chick hatching experience, for Nurseries, Schools, Colleges, Care/Retirement homes and Private Centers. We are based in Peterborough and cover a wide area. This includes Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, South Yorkshire, and Northamptonshire, to name but a few."

Physical development:

·        Take the children fruit picking.
·        Make some animal skittles and have a bowling competition. You can make simple skittles by sticking farm animal pictures onto empty plastic bottles.
·        Decorate a sheep template with mini marshmallows, popcorn, wool or cotton wool.
·        Make your own barn post box. Children then have to post pictures of different animals into the barn.
·        Offer your children some plastic piggy money boxes and coins. This is an excellent activity for their fine motor skills, but you can also as it as a math activity, by counting the coins. Older children can try adding up using the pennies.
·        Set up a tray with a couple of small different containers. Add some seeds in one of the containers. The children can then move the seeds from container to container, using their fingers, spoons or toddler tweezers.
·        Encourage children to harvest the vegetables, these could either be real fruit or veggies, or you could plant pretend veggies in soil for them to harvest.
·        Plant seeds, encourage children to dig their own hole in the soil, and gently place the seed in the hole. Show them how to carefully cover the seed with a small amount of soil.
·        Make fruit and vegetables out of playdough, add some farm shaped cutters and some natural materials like straw, seeds…
·        Pretend to move like different farm animals.
·        Practice cutting skills by cutting around a variety of farm shaped templates.
·        Decorate a farm background with farm stickers.
·        Use farm stensils.
·        Make a Barn picture using lolly sticks.
·        Make your own pom pom sheep.
·        Create some button nosed pigs.
·        Draw farm animals onto contact paper. Selotape the contact paper onto a window, so the sticky side is facing the child. Children can then decorate the farm animals with a variety of materials.
·        Decorate some farm do a dot animals. 
·        Make a sheep from jigsaw pieces.
·        Decorate a pig template with pink mini marshmallows.
·        Make some animal footprint shoes to paint with. 
·        Make farm animals from lego or duplo.
·        Use some ‘on the farm’ themed playdough mats.
·        Practice threading skills by threading around different farm templates.

Communication and language:

·        Play ‘who’s on the farm’ – One child has to describe the animal, and the other children have to guess what animal it is.
·        Play who’s behind the barn door
·        Make up different rhymes about farm animals.
·        Talk about the names of baby animals.  Older children could match the adult name to the baby name.
·        Create a group puppet play.
·        Write a group farm story.
·        Play with some farm animal command cards 
·        Discuss what animals give us, ie cows give us milk.
·        Make some shredded wheat cakes (birds nest). Discuss what you are doing, can the children follow instructions.
·        Look at different animal families, and how animals can be in the same family but be different.. For example different types of pigs, cats, dogs…
·        Look at farm themed flash cards with your children.
·        Find matching words to different farm animals. These can be real or nonsense words.
·        Children can take it in turns to make animal noises. The other children in the group have to guess what animal they are.
·        Play word memory games.. ‘ I went to visit a farm on day and saw a ….’


·        Practice writing animal names. Have laminated animal names at the writing station.
·        Trace on top of animal pictures. Promote pencil control.
·        Look at the upper and lowercase letter of farm themed words.
·        Colour in on the farm themed colouring pictures. 
·        Label different parts of farm animals and plants.
·        Create an on the farm alphabet book.
·        Make posters and fliers to advertise your ‘Farm’
·        Create your own On the farm alphabet line.


·        Play vegetable tic-tac-toe.
·        Order vegetables by size.
·        Make your own jigsaws from colouring pictures.
·        Farm animal pattern cards 
·        Count spots on cows and match them to the correct numeral.
·        Counting how many plastic eggs you can fit into a nest.
·        Use some very busy spider sequence cards.
·        Make your own simple animal or tractor race games.
·        Play ‘animal mix up’ with the lego or duplo. 
·        Match animal halves. Match the animals head to its body. 
·        Roll a sheep game. Cut out different parts of a sheep, (head, legs, etc) Label parts from 1-6. Children have to roll a dice and then draw the corresponding body part. The winner is the first child to draw the sheep.
·        Make a pig out of circles. 
·        Play Kims memory game with farm themed toys. (cover a few farm themed toys with  a tea towel, when the children have their eyes closed take away one of the toys. When you pull the tea towel off the children have to try and guess which toy is missing.
·        Make some pig cakes. Involve the children in the weighing of the ingredients, counting out cake cases, counting out spoonful’s of mixture.
·        Use farm animal toys for simple addition and subtraction.
·        Laminate some on the farm themed  animal counting cards, encourage children to count out the correct numbers of each animal.
·        Weigh different farm animals.
·        Make a line of each farm animal, count how many animals you have in each line, which lines have more, which have less.
·        Count how many legs different farm animals have. Sort them into groups.
·        Make your own On the farm themed counting worksheets. 
·        Hand up a on the farm themed number line.
·        Make different farm animals out of shapes.
·        Print out some colour by number worksheets.
·        Look at positional words. Put the pig behind the box, or the cow under the bridge etc.
·        Make patterns with seeds.
·        Make a tractor out of different shapes.
·        Make a farm shape book.
·        See how many farm animals you can fit into different shaped pens.
·        Make patterns with different farm animals.
·        Create your own animal life cycle sequence cards.
·        Matching coloured ducks.
·        Farm animal silhouette matching.
·        Measure farm animal pictures with unicubes.

Understanding the world:

·        Make your own compost tub and encourage children to collect their own scraps to put in.
·        Decorate animal templates using the appropriate type of hair/ feather/ wool etc
·        Take the farm toys out into the garden.
·        Set up a ‘floating and sinking’ experiment with farm animals.
·        Match farm animals to their home.
·        Grow some corn.
·        Milk a cow.
·        Find out what different farm animals eat.
·        Create a simple science experiment to show how plants drink water. 
·        Grow your own grass.
·        Grow fruit and vegetables.
·        Make your own butter 
·        Discuss how milk gets from a cow to your breakfast. Create your own sequence cards.
·        Plant some seeds in a zip bag and watch them grow.
·        Look at which animals hatch out of eggs.
·        Group animals by different criteria.. where they live, species, colour, amount of legs etc.
·        Visit a farm shop.
·        Visit a working farm.
·        Look at which animals are herbivores and which are carnivores. Group them accordingly.

Expressive arts and design:

·        Paint with different sized tractors.
·        Play with farm animal finger puppets, or make your own.
·        Paint with different produce – corn on the cobs, apples, potatoes…
·        Decorate a hale bale print out with shredded wheat.
·        Make your own farm animal sock puppets.
·        Make your own thumb print animals.
·        Play with the farm animals in the sand or water tray.
·        Make an animal ear headband.
·        Make a pig nose.
·        Make farm animal masks.
·        Make a farm mobile.
·        Make a ‘muddy pig’ using chocolate mousse to decorate a pig template.
·        Make a farm animal money box.
·        Make some handprint farm animals.
·        Make a billy goat beard.
·        Paint with farm animals.
·        Make balloon animals.
·        Turn a large cardboard box into a tractor.
·        Set up your own veggie shop.
·        Make a scarecrow.
·        Poke small hole in the finger nails of a latex glove. Pour white paint into the glove and squeeze out the paint onto black paper.
·        Make pool noodle horses 
·        Make a junk model tractor.
·        Make a large handprint cow.
·        Use cotton wool to make a fluffy sheep.
·        Free play with the farm set.
·        Colour in on the farm colouring pictures.
·        Encourage children to draw their favourite farm animal.
·        Make a footprint tractor.
·        Create an animal collage

There are many other ideas here which relate to the theme - 'under the sea'

On the farm books:


Nursery rhymes:

·        Old McDonald had a farm.
·        Five little ducks.
·        The farmers in his den.
·        Mary had a little lamb.
·        Goosey, goosey Gander.
·        Hey diddle diddle.
·        Five little speckled frogs.
·        Ride a cock horse.
·        Baa baa black sheep.
·        Little bo peep.
·        Little boy blue.
·        This little piggy.
·        To market, to market.
·        Tom, tom the pipers son.
·        Cock-a-doodle-doo
·        The dingle dangle scarecrow.
·        B-I-N-G-O.

Sensory play ideas:

·        Chicken seed.
·        Shredded paper.
·        Shredded wheat.
·        Grass.
·        Pebbles.
·        Chick peas.
·        Black eyed peas
·        Coloured rice.
·        Seeds.
·        Corn.
·        Hay.
·        Straw.


·        Kids learning video make loads of wonderful farm videos for young children. 

·        Alphabet road also do some lovely farm videos.  

If you are after fun educational printable resources for preschoolers, then look no further. Here at Mummy G I have a huge selection of topic themed preschool resources packs. Click here to find more information..


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