Welcome to my Storytime blog about FARMS! I chose this topic because I live on a small farm myself. We have baby goats, sheep, an alpaca, chickens, bees, a dog and two cats. I have previously blogged about some of the ways we are using our land. Since then, we have dug a massive dam and planted lots of vegetables and fruit trees. If you are interested in sustainability in and around your home, check out the City of Cockburn’s 2016 Sustainable Living Events Booklet.

Many children love farms. The animals, the dirt, the open spaces… so much outdoor fun to be had and a fantastic way to learn about where food comes from and how it grows.

Farm books

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Farm 123 : a lift-the-flap book / Rod Campbell.

Counting, lift-the-flap, and animals – all three make for a popular kids book. Rod Campbell’s books for children are well-known for their classic simplicity and bright illustrations.

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E-i-e-i-o : how old MacDonald got his farm / Judy Sierra ; illustrated by Matthew Myers.

Old MacDonald didn’t always have a farm… he just had an overgrown yard. With the help of Little Red Hen, he learns about composting, worm farms and how to become self-sufficient.

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Around the farm / written by Mark Rader ; illustrated by Eric Carle.

Children love play-a-sound books as much as parents loathe them. But the Eric Carle illustrations almost make up for the annoying noises, as does the joy on our little cherubs’ faces as they press the buttons for the hundredth time.

A favourite farm rhyme

Old Macdonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm, he had a cow E-I-E-I-O
With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old Macdonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O

*Repeat substituting ‘cow’ and ‘moo moo’ with the below (or other) farm animals
Pig – oink oink
Duck – quack quack
Horse – neigh neigh
Lamb – baa baa
Chicken – cluck cluck

Farm animal popstick craft

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    Source:  Make & Takes

What you need:

  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons and beads
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue dots
  • Felt
  • Paint
  • Markers

What to do:
Paint the pop sticks – try pink for pigs, black and white for cows or whatever colour combination your child prefers! Attach googly eyes with glue or draw eyes. Create ears, noses, mouths, and manes using buttons, felt and beads. Popstick animals can be used as puppets, toys or bookmarks.