Saturday, 3 October 2015

Farm themed activities

Today, I am finally sharing a look at some of the fun we have been having on our shelves during the month of September! Y loved our farm themed printables so much that I kept them around a bit longer than I normally do! Here's a look at all of the hands on fun! 

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Preschool activities: Farm theme


Math


Counting printables and DIY sandpaper numbers 

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Size sorting printables - loads of concentration went into this one! 

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Counting carrots (made from pipe cleaners) and using DIY sandpaper numbers. 

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Y thought the carrots were silly and then requested I make a pipe cleaner bus. We ended up reviewing numbers very briefly before moving onto the pipe cleaner bus. And then he proceeded to spend the remainder of the day driving the  bus around the house and singing 'the wheels on the bus' in English (which is in and of itself wonderful as neither my husband nor I speak English to our son).


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Size sorting cows - another one Y loved! 

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Crafts


Gluing cotton balls on a sheep

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Cutting strips and gluing them on paper. I initially intended for this simply to be a fun cutting practice work, but Y grabbed extra paper and his glue stick after selecting this work. Fine by me! 

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Building a fence: Y loved, loved, loved this one! I got a paper towel roll and cut it in fourths. Then, I cut two slits into each part of the roll. I made them so that the popsicle sticks could go it at a 90 degree angle to each other. 


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Y had a lot of fun with this one and returned to it so many times! This work was so much more than a 'craft' as it was great for working on fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, but a big aspect of this was logic! 

Y had to be sure that the paper towel rolls were facing the correct directions in order to make a square fence. It took him a few tries to figure out how to do this. He worked patiently until he succeeded in making a fence. 

Eventually this turned into a pretend play activity and he had an absolute blast playing with his farm animal miniatures! He fed them, gave them water, and showed them around their fence. 

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Letters and reading


We used the letter matching printables from my Farm Printable pack. Y focused a lot on this one, as well. We got rusty with Russian letter sounds and letter recognition whilst I was in the hospital/rehabilitation centre so this review was necessary. We'll be working a lot on letters this academic year! 

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Miscellaneous 


Sorting living and non-living - another one that took a lot of concentration. Y pretty much only wanted to work on this because the non-living objects included a few tractors. He is obsessed with tractors. 

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Practical life


Placing the 'feet' on pigs using clothes pins. This is a great way to practice fine motor skills and pincer grasp! 


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Y adored this one! We had a sort of cow milking activity using a glove and water. Y thought this was incredibly funny and had a blast with it! I gave him a cloth for spills, a bucket, and a rubber glove filled with water. I pricked holes in the gloves for him using a push pin and he squeezed the water out. 

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Which ultimately ended like this - all his cows from the size sorting work got a bath! 

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We have a 'cheese farmer' in the village here. He gets cheese from farms around the area and then sells them door to door. The cheese is pretty fantastic and is packed full of all sorts of delicious flavours! Below, we sampled spicy cheese, goats cheese, and pesto cheese! Y devoured them all. 

FYI - here in the Netherlands, folks are generally obsessed with their cheese. When I lived in the United States, I avoided it as I had very serious stomach aches from all US dairy and didn't enjoy the taste, but once I moved here and realised just how many different flavours and types of cheese there are, my mind was blown!  


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We are so blessed to have so much land at our house where we plan to have a rather large vegetable garden. For now, we are still at my in law's house, who also love gardening. Y got to harvest some beautiful yellow tomatoes and blackberries! It was perfect with our theme and just a generally nice thing to do. 

He also weighed his bounty before digging in and devouring all of the blackberries. He left the tomatoes for the others because he refuses to eat tomatoes.


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It doesn't get more practical than a shot (or ten) of Y cleaning up milk he spilled after pouring himself a cup. We keep the milk within his reach in the refridgerator, along with cups in a cupboard where he can access them. When he's thirsty, he can simply gather the items he needs and pour himself a cup. 

And yep, he's 3 and still spills milk at times. Honestly, I'm a lot older and still spill. As for Y, he can also access the towels easily and cleans up his spills on his own. 


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See! A well deserved drink after the hard work of cleaning the table and his cup. I really love that he has such a desire to keep things tidy and clean up after himself. I attribute a lot of this to Montessori but I do think he's just a tidy person. 

Story time: My husband is a wonderful man but I am constantly placing his dirty wash in the hamper and picking it up off of the floor. Ever since we moved in, this has generally been the swing of things. 

Y however, always places his wash in the basket. Always. His future spouse can thank me because seriously I'm pretty sure than even when I'm 80, I'll still be placing dirty socks in the wash basket. Although if that's the worst problem the Hubby and I have, I'm happy to put up with it. 

Back to practical life - he spooned sheep's wool (cotton balls). 

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Corn spooning. 

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Eggshell crushing - which is also an ingredient in the feed for my mother in law's chickens. So Y actually used the shells to make chicken feed and then gave it to the chickens. I also wrote about this in our September practical life trays post. 

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Cow wash.

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Grinding oats with a mortar and pestle. 

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Science


We had a few fun science experiments that fit with our farm theme! The first was a 'hopping corn' experiment! We made corn kernels dance! 

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Y was seriously mystified by this and studied the corn very carefully! 

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Materials needed: 


  • 1 glass jar that can hold everything
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1.5-2 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar 
  • 1 cup corn kernels 


I presented the water in the glass jar and had Y add all of the remaining ingredients. The baking soda was last to be added and then Y closed the lid on the jar. 

The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar was made the corn move up and down in the jar. 

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We also had a fun volume experiment. I presented Y with a cup full of milk and a cup full of popcorn. Y added the popcorn to the milk to see if it would overflow! 

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The milk did not overflow once the popcorn was added! We stopped our work there, but you could continue this experiment with other products like bread, apples, whatever you may have on hand! 

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