Howdy November! In preparation for the Thanksgiving Harvest at the end of the month, we are spending the next few weeks down on the farm to learn about animals, crops, and other barnyard business. This week we mooooved right in with an "oink oink" here and a "neigh neigh" there. Yes, Old McLadybug's farm is open for the season and we couldn't be more excited!
We started with the most familiar basis behind the barn, farm animals! We learned that these animals produce milk, eggs, and play other integral roles that keep the farm such a functional and fun place. No doubt about it, your preschoolers are highly experienced in this department, they even taught me some new noises! We dedicated our circle time to interactive games, physical farm movements, and of course a whole lot of singing. One of our favorite pastimes is barnyard charades!
Our projects highlighted some of our favorite barn animals such as sheep, cows, and pigs. Did you know a cow can actually be made from a letter "C"? We certainly found that out! After painting a 2D barn with some 3D elements, were so excited to structurally build our own utilizing the block center and some farm figures! Barns aren't the only structure on the farm, we can't forget about tractors! Tractor races in our highly decorative and innovative tractors proved to be an exhilarating and intense workout for us! We took turns gliding the "truck" along while our friends steered! We also went on a spontaneous pig hunt in our backyard once we realized they had escaped from their pig pen! It was quite a scene watching our Ladybugs frantically running around trying to collect as many pigs as possible. All pigs were returned to Old McLadybug and accounted for by the letter on their belly. *No pigs were harmed during the pig hunt* :)
It's Friday, why not get a little messy? We set up a "barn bin" with farmers, animals, fencing, but one specific farm characteristic was missing. MUD! We used shaving cream (to our student's dismay it was NOT whipped cream) and some brown paint to make a fabulously fluffy and muddy mixture! They absolutely loved the way the mud felt, so much that some friends decided to completely immerse themselves (and clothing) in it...
We were stuck on this sensory activity! Next time we will set up a washing station to properly give our animals and farmers a well deserved bath!
Take a look to see how we covered our farm animals and people in ooey gooey mud!
Speaking of mud, Farmer Fred came along to bring some seeds, soil, and plenty of gardening goodies! We worked in teams to successfully plant lettuce and bush beans. Farmer Fred taught us methods of digging and covering in order for the roots to grow and for the plants to sprout. We also transplanted our mint roots that were growing on the window to our outdoor garden area. The mint smells incredible!
Next week we will be exploring a very yummy product of the farm, fruits and vegetables! This will be a great opportunity for sensory exploration, vocabulary, and some interesting and important lessons based in nutrition. Remember next week is a 4 day week with Friday being Veteran's Day. Enjoy your weekend!