Animal Babies on the Farm
Art and Language Arts Activity
Children learn the names of farm animals and to match them to their
WHAT YOU NEED
- Flash cards of ten farm animals
- Signs with animal names, as needed for games
WHAT TO DO
- Prepare ten cards with the names (and, if possible, pictures) of the
following animals that might be found on a farm. On the back of each card,
write the name of that animal's baby and the sound the animal makes:
chicken /chick cluck
dog/puppy bow wow
- Introduce the animals on the cards to the class. Then choose from four games
that children can play to gain familiarity with the names. (The last two or three
can be used as indoor activities when weather won't allow outdoor play at
- Flash! Children flash cards at a partner, who must name the baby and make
- Mix & Match Have children form two teams of five each. Write the names of
mother and baby animals on pieces of paper and distribute them randomly. When
you give the signal, mothers and babies must find each other, raise their hands
together, and make the correct sounds.
- Living Tic-Tack-Toe Make a tick-tack-toe pattern on the floor with masking
tape. Have children form teams of X's and 0's. As you call the name of a mother
animal for a team, the player who is up must correctly name the offspring. If
the player answers correctly, she or he takes a place in the boxes. The first
team to make a line of three gets to make all the noises at once. Games
continue until all children have had at least one turn.
- Back to the Barn Establish where the barn is (for example, at the front of
the room) and randomly hand out names of mother and baby animals. When you
says, "The barn door is open," all the baby animals can escape the barn and
scatter to various spots in the room. The adults must stay in the barn. To get
everyone back to the barn safely, the baby animals must say their mothers' name
correctly as you call on them. The baby animal must then find its mother in the
barn. The two the raise their hands together and make the right sound.
To get more children involved in the game, make duplicate names for mothers and
You may wish to introduce children to more specific gender terminology for farm
animals. For example, mare, stallion, colt, ewe, ram, gander, hen, rooster,
Children can look through illustrated books for models, then make and label
pictures of wild animals (such as deer, rabbits, and seals) and their young.
After playing the various games, suggest that children think up their own
variations. Encourage them to set up directions for playing, test their ideas
with other children, and teach the final version to the class.
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