Welcome To Teaching Heart's Down on the Farm Unit/Theme!

If you will be teaching about the farm or doing a thematic topic on this, then you are in the
right place. So sit down on that pile of hay over there and make yourself at home on the farm.
Below you will find poems, songs, lessons, great links, printables and much more
for you farm theme. O, watch where you step while exploring this unit, you may step over a good idea - don't miss a thing!

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Starting the Unit
I like to start units with a KWL chart. The students list what they know about the farm under K. They raise their hands, tell me something they know and I write it on the chart. Next they tell me some things they would like to know. I list those under the W. As we work on our farm theme we fill in things we learned under the the L.

We also discuss farm words. I have these words on cardstock with a picture that matches the word.





































Our Farm Preschool and Kindergarten Packet will make your farm unit lots of learning fun!

Here are some of the items in the packet! You can learn more about this packet here...

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Hands-on Activities for a Preschool or Kindergarten Farm Themed Unit. Craft templates, pocket chart manipulatives, math and literacy centers, games, and more to create a hands-on Farm unit you can use for years with your students. Over 75 pages in this pdf document!!! Below is a detailed list of the items found in this set. Please see the preview for more pictures and details.

Page 4— How Many on the Farm Worksheet. Students look at a farm picture and count how many they see of each given animal. Terms most and least are also used..

Page 5 to 12—Counting Center. Print, laminate, and cut. Provide clothes pins. Student counts and marks how many with the clothespin.

Page 13 to 15—Patterning Activities. Velcro center and a cut and paste worksheet.

Pages 16 to 18—Graphing Fun Activity. Page 17 should be printed and displayed. Students look at page 17 to answer and fill in page 18.

Pages 19 to 23—Farm Puzzle Fun. Four farm themed puzzles that I suggest you print, laminate, and cut. One is counting by 1’s. Another is counting by 5’s. The third is a blank one that you can fill in with any skill (ABC’s, count by 10’s, count by 2’s…) The fourth is a matching puzzle.

Page 24 –30—Beginning sound fun. Various activities for class instruction and individual practice.
Page 31 to 33—Animal Friends—A little cut and trace book. Students trace the words and numbers. They color and then cut out a smaller animal to glue on the hill in the background of the bigger animals box.

Page 34 to 35—Fun with farm play-dough mats.

Page 36 to 37—A cow themed craft with templates that goes along well with the story Click Clack Moo.

Page 38 to 41—Guess the animal in the barn manipulatives to use during class instruction.

Page 42 to 47—Counting dots on cows and matching them to the correct number. Small center and larger class demonstration size.

Page 48 to 51—Five Black Cows Class Interactive Chart Pieces. Everything you need to make an interactive display to go along with a fun counting poem.

Page 52 to 54—PIG CRAFT—Templates to create a pig using a balloon.

Page 56 to 60—A pig themed finger play written by C. Gallagher. Includes graphics to create a interactive chart to use with the finger play!

Page 61 to 63— Five pigs interactive book for students to make. Coloring and tracing involved. Great activity to use after using the chart on 56 to 60.

Page 64 to 66— Roll a Farm Scene Game—All materials need to make game. Just supply dice.

Page 67 to 70—T is for Tractor and Turkey Craft. Includes patterns and a fun idea for a creative craft using the students picture.

Page 71—Tracing lowercase letters and adding the missing letter. (Worksheet)

Page 73 –76—A fun counting game played in small groups. Everything you need to play the game is included.

All activities are copyright C. Gallagher 2013—for single classroom use only


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Farm Phonics Fun!

Find pictures of farm animals. During circle time hold up a picture and ask the class to tell you the sound they hear at the start, middle, or end of the word. For example:

Teacher holds up a pig and says what sound do you hear in the middle of this word and a student says /i/.

Teacher holds up a picture of a chicken and ask what sound the students hear at the start of the word and the students say /ch/

Teacher holds up a dog and asks what the students hear at the the end of this word and the students say /g/.

Graphing Colors of Food That Comes From The Farm

Have each student bring in their favorite fruit or veggie that is either brown, orange, green, or yellow. Graph the colors of food brought in.

Make Bread and Butter With Your Class

The student love it when I bring in my bread machine. This makes for a great math lesson. Make the bread with the class and then have each student make their own butter to place on the bread.

I found the little chant below on
The students enjoy singing this when they get to the shaking part of the lesson>
I print this on chart paper.

SUNG TO : Twinkle, Twinkle:

Making Butter Boogie

Shake it up
Shake it down
Shake it, shake it all around.

Shake it high
Shake it low
Shake it, shake it to and fro.

Shake it over
Shake it under
Pretty soon, you'll have butter!

Place some heavy cream (whipping cream) in a baby food jar. Fill each jar half way with the cream. Insert a clean marble into the jar.. Have the students shake the jar. Next, mix in a pinch of salt and a few drops of yellow food coloring. Spread the butter on the bread for your students to taste. Allow the students to take home their butter to share with their family. After the class finishes this activity, have each student write about how to make butter.

Some Farm Fun Crafts!

 Here’s a cute craft idea that goes great with the story Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type.

Click Clack Moo Paper Craft

After reading story we did various cow themed activities and this was one of them.  The template for the mouth, ears, and horns will be on the farm packet - click here to learn more.

All you need for this craft is:
Sponges that you cut up to resemble cow spots.
Black paint.
Regular paper plate.
Pink and yellow paper.

For the kiddos I did this craft with (4 year olds), In advance I cut and taped the ears and horns on.
I had them draw the eyes.  I drew the mouth circles on the pink paper.  They added the nose and mouth.  Then they cut out the pink mouth circles.

cow craft

They added six spots to their cows using my cut sponges (dollar store).  My favorites seasoned preschool teacher (Mrs. Amy) gave me a great idea to keep hands clean…  (I forgot to take a picture…)  Add a clothes pin clip to the top of the sponges.  All the kids do is grab the clothes pin and no paint on hands…  LOVE it!

Click Clack Moo Craft Fun With a Paper Plate and Sponges

Click Clack Moo Craft Fun With a Paper Plate and Sponges

Here is my example…  I should have taken a picture of the various finished ones done by the kids.  They all looked different and very cute!!

Click Clack Moo Craft Fun With a Paper Plate and Sponges

The kiddos loved holding the plates up to their faces and saying Click, Clack, Moooooo…..  Clickity, Clack, Moooooooo….

Easy Pig Balloon Craft!

An Easy Piggy Balloon Craft.  Templates used for the eyes and nose of the pig come from the Teaching Heart Farm Packet – found here! 

I blew up all the balloons in advance – thank goodness I have a lot of hot air…

Pig Balloon Craft

The kiddos colored the ears and the nose.  They cut them and I helped them tape them on their balloon.    Then they added a mouth and eyes!  They loved these little guys…  They are pretty cute if I do say so…  what do you think?  Out of 24, only one popped before the end of the day.

Pig Balloon Craft

Make Pretend With This Pig Nose Craft

These were super easy to do with preschool…  just one egg section of an egg carton.  I pre-cut the carton and punched holes and strung elastic.  The kiddos painted them with pink paint.  They added the nose holes with a black marker.  They loved these as well…  They all looked really cute too!

egg carton pig npse craft

Yummy Farm Snacks!

We made pink cupcakes.  I made the cupcakes in advance (pink cake mix) and pink icing.  I added the ears (Wafer cookies) and the kids added the noses (marshmallows) and eyes (chocolate chips)!  I thought it was cute when one of the boys said to me..  “Mrs. Gallagher, my pig tastes nothing like ham or bacon!”
Pink Piggy Cupcakes FArm theme

Great Teacher Resources!

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Farm Play-Doh!


I wanted to create a mud themed play-dough for my farm themed play-dough mats that are part of my farm packet – click here.    I feel like a play-dough pro now since I have made many kinds of play-dough over the past year.  I came up with this recipe on my own and it turned out great.

So here is the recipe for the muddy chocolate play-dough

4 cups all purpose flour
1 large package of dry chocolate Jell-O pudding
3 and a half cups salt
5 and a half cups water
4 TBSP cream of tartar
5 TBSP vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together in large pot.  Heat over medium-low heat stirring constantly until a dough starts to form and pulls away from the sides of the pot.  When dough is not longer sticking to the pan, remove it from the pot.  Let still until cool enough and then knead until it reaches a play-dough consistency.  I store my dough in the disposable Ziploc containers and they keep forever.  The smell of this is so fun…  It smells so good, I almost wanted to taste it.  I didn’t – could you imagine with all that salt?

This make a large batch for many students to enjoy.

I set the dough at my play-dough center in Pre-School and it was lots of fun.  The mats are from the farm packet (click here to see the packet)!  I just laminate them once they are printed.


Children can use cutouts to add animals, tractors, and more…


This student was busy…  I love the eggs that came out of the chicken coop, don’t you?


Add some little tractors to the play-dough area and the kids enjoy making roads and tractor marks with the dough…  Even I enjoyed it!


Great Ideas From Others
Sent to me by sharing teachers

Make Some Mud

A fun follow-up activity for this poem is creating edible mud with your class.
For this activity, you will need per student:

1 pudding cup
3 Oreo cookies
2 gummy worms
a spoon
a ziploc bag


You may want to previously open the pudding cups and place the remaining ingredients inside a ziploc bag for the students. This helps the process run more smoothly, and they will be excited enough as it is!

1.Open ziploc bag and remove gummy worms.
2."Bury" the gummy worms in the pudding cup.
3. Reseal the ziploc and use fists to pound the Oreos into "dirt".
4. Sprinkle Oreo crumbs on top.
5.Pick up "shovels" (spoons) and dig in!

Thanks to Sammy Lynn

A Day on The Farm Mini Book

Each student creates an easy to read book by filling in blanks, illustrating, and coloring farm picture.

The words in the book are as follows:
Title: A Day at the Farm (student colors a barn)
Page 1: On the farm I see _____ cow standing in the grass. The cow says "moo!" (student fills in the word one, colors the cow, and illustrates grass)
Page 2: On the farm I see _____ farmers smiling at me. The farmers say, "Hello!" (student fills in the word two and color the boy and girl farmers.)
Page 3: On the farm I see ______ sheep getting read to eat. The sheep say, "Bah!" (student fills in the word three and colors the sheep)
Page 4: On the farm I see _________ pigs looking for mud. I pigs say, "OINK!" (student fills in the word 4 and colors the pigs)
Page 5: Student draws a farm picture.
Page 6: I see _______ chickens getting ready to lay eggs. The chicken say, "Cluck!"
(student fills in the word five, colors, and draws some eggs)
Page 7: Here are some farm words I have learned. (The student colors the farm picture and writes some farm words in the space.)

Now the book can be read at home!

Write About It

Give your students farm stationary and have them write a story on it.

In the Barnyard

Have your students write about what the see, hear, smell, and taste in the barnyard.

Farm Picture Graph

You can print it
Click Below!!!
Farm Picture Graph - student answers questions about a picture graph (k-1)

Great Farm Videos - Pick one
to share with you class while you study farm.
Click on a video to learn more!

Great Poems, Songs, & Fingerplays for your unit!

 Farm Sounds
(Wheels on the bus)

The cow in barn goes moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo, moo. Moo, moo, moo,
All around the farm.
The pig in the pen goes oink, oink, oink,...........
The hens in the coop go cluck..........
The lambs on the hill go baa,........
The ducks on the pond go quack

All Around the Barnyard

All around the barnyard
The animals are fast asleep.
Sleeping cows and horses,
Sleeping pigs and sheep.

Here comes the cocky rooster
To sound his daily alarm.
Wake up sleepy farm!"

The Farmer

Sun is coming up
Farmer's out the door,
He will go to milk the cows,
And start his daily chores.
Sun is going down
Horse is in the stable,
All the fields are planted now,
Supper's on the table.


Here is the Barn

Here is the barn
(form a roof shape with your hands)
Where I like to go
(Walk in place)
It's as tall as a tree
(Point up overhead)
And cozy, you know
(Hug body with arms)
Here is the barn,
(Make a roof shape with your hands)
I'll go there with you
(Walk in place)
To pet a sweet lamb
(Pretend to pet a lamb)
And cuddle it, too!
(Pretend to hug a lamb)


"On a Farm" (Sung to "London Bridge is Falling Down")

Animals live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.

 Animals live on a farm, with the farmer.

Cows and pigs live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.  

Cows and pigs live on a farm, with the farmer.

Goats and sheep live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.

 Goats and sheep live on a farm, with the farmer.

Hens and chicks live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.  

Hens and chicks live on a farm, with the farmer.

Take Me Out to the Barnyard
(Sung to:  Take Me Out to the Ballgame)
by Judy Hall

Take me out to the barnyard.
Take me out there right now.
Show me the cows, pigs and horses, too.
I hear an oink and a neigh and a moo.
There are chickens laying their eggs.
If they don't lay it's a shame.
Oh, it's one, two, three eggs today,
And I'm glad I came.


We learned the piggy mud finger play found in my farm packet here.  After we did the finger play a few times and saw it acted out on the manipulative ( all pieces in the farm set here), we completed the piggy little book (in farm packet).  The little book helps the kids count backwards like in the finger play found in the set.  As the children turn the page of the little book a pig disappears.  Great to take home when they are done.
Five Pigs in Mud Finger play
We also completed some farm centers… Patterns, counting puzzles, and more – all from the packet found here! 
Farm themed Centers

My Favorite Farm Books


Some dirty piggy fun to share from our new farm packet found here on e-junkie!

Here is a muddy piggy craft that is fun to complete after you read two of my favorite books with muddy piggies in them! 
Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm and Ten Dirty Pigs! 


We made the pigs using the template found in this packet.  For a tail we just used wrapping ribbon.  After we have our pig altogether, it is time to get them dirty with a little muddy paint.  I made this paint as follows…

1/2 cup of chocolate pudding
3 tablespoons of oatmeal
three tablespoons of Elmer’s glue
1/3 cup of used coffee grounds
Add brown paint to the mix – I added about 1/3 cup

(My paint dried quickly and it smelled good and looked muddy…  we applied it with q-tips.  Just slop it on…)


Here is a fun printable book that is a great way for students to retell the story in class.  We colored this book after reading Mrs. Wishy Washy!!!  The book is on our farm packet found here !


This interactive chart about five clean and then later dirty pigs is hands-on fun and is part of our farm packet found here!


I shared my chocolate muddy pudding recipe with you here!  Love this stuff… it has been a couple of weeks and when I pulled this out it was still soft and smelled o-so yummy!!!  This time we used it with the Mrs. Wishy Washy Dirty Animals Play-dough mats found in this set!!! 



The kids had a blast with this.  I set out cut-out masks (we just tied them around our necks like a necklace)  of the animals from the story, an apron and washing brush (for Mrs. Wishy Washy), some mud (brown paper), and a tub (laundry basket).  First we acted out the story as a class taking turns.  Then, I left the stuff out at center time and the kids enjoyed acting it out again on their own.  Super cute!  My mask cut-outs are in my farm pack. (click here to check that out!)


For an easy & fun snack to match the book we ate animal crackers and chocolate pudding.  The kids dipped the animal crackers in the mud.


For a sensory activity we let some of our farm animals roll in the mud.  The animals stomped their feet on a piece of paper that the kids let dry and took home with them later.  Last each child cleaned the animals off in the water using a sponge.  They loved this…  For mud I used pudding, oatmeal, rice, corn, and flour all mixed together.

As you can see we has quite a mud filled day thanks to the story Mrs. Wishy Washy that inspired it all!

I always start units off with great books. Here are some of my favorite
farm books. Add a bushel of hay to your reading
corner along with some of these farm books Click on a book to learn more!

Big Red Barn

Farm Animals

Old Macdonald

On Grandpa's Farm


The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

Open the Barn Door (A Chunky Flap Book)

The Farmer

Herd of Cows! Flock of Sheep!

The Farm: Life in Colonial Pennsylvania (Adventures in Colonial America)

Rosie's Walk

Follow the link below for great ideas to match this book

Rosie's Walk

Snappy Little Farmyard: Spend a Day Down on Snappy Farm

This is my favorite farm pop-up book. You are introduced to all the farm animals. The words are catchy!

Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

Try the links below for ideas to match this book!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Some ideas to match this book can be found by following the links below!

Mrs. Wishy-Washy

Try These Units Below for some activities to match this book

Virtual Vine Wishy Washy Unit

The Little Red Hen

Looking for some activities to match this book? Try these...


Great Farm Products For Learning Centers
Click on a product to learn more!

My Favorite Links To Other Farm Goodies!

On The Farm - Cute ideas that include pictures from .littlegiraffes

Farm Phonics Online Activity
Say the name of the farm animal. Listen to the beginning sound of the word. Click on the correct letter of the alphabet.

Great Farm Unit
From K-Crew Site

Virtual Vine Wishy Washy Unit

Tractors Unit
Great Ideas From Victoria at KinderKorner

Down on the Farm Unit
KinderKorner Farm Ideas

Links To Free Farm Printable

MAke Learning Fun FArm Printables and More

Farm Mini Book

Printables From ABCTEACH

  Farm Fun Pages
maze, coloring page, farm sounds, crossword, game

Flash Cards
Farm Animals, Pets and Insects (Bugs) Theme - Numbers 1 - 20 and Shapes 

Horse Dice Game Coloring Page

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