Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Cowboys and Cowgirls Need Cows!

Books to Share

Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin.

The Cow that Went Oink by Bernard Most.

Millie in the Meadow by Janet Pederson.

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley.

Nametag

Create cow nametags using the Accucut die cut at http://www.accucut.com/Cow_1-p2046c49-path0.html or from the cow patterns from The Best Kids Book Site at http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/crafttemp/cowsinfield.pdf.

Rhymes and Poetry

Recite “This Little Cow” from the Kididdles web site at http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/t059.html.

Recite “Here is the Barn” from the Michigan Reads web site at http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17447_26038_31186-83119--,00.html. It is similar to the fingerplay, “Here is the church, here is the steeple.”

Songs

Sing “The Bell on the Cow” on P. 40 of Storytime Crafts by Kathryn Totten.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Red Farm Barn with a Chicken, Cow, Sheep, Pig

Sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” using visual props. Use the barn pattern provided at the end of this program to create a large barn on poster board or cardstock, and attach it to a shoebox. Print enough of the chicken, cow, sheep, and pig patterns also provided at the end of this program onto cardstock for each child to have one. Attach the cardstock animals to popsicles sticks. As you sing, Old Mac Donald Had a Farm, the children hold up the appropriate animal in each verse. After you finish the song, the children bring up the animals and put them to sleep in the barn. More farm animal patterns are available on the DLTK web site at http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/farm/index.htm, at the bottom of the page.

Sing “The Animals on the Farm” on P. 248 of The Big Book of Stories, Songs, And Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan.

Flannel Boards

Sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and use the patterns on P. 45-48 of The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

Hey Diddle Diddle

(Traditional. Use the patterns on pages 21-23 of The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.)

Hey diddle diddle


The cat and the fiddle


The cow jumped over the moon


The little dog laughed


To see such sport


And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Crafts

The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon

Make “The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon” craft on Pages 68-69 of The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan.

Paper Lunch Bag Cow Puppet

Visit Danielle’s Place at http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/animal_crafts.html for instructions on how to make this craft.

Cow with Milk Paper Craft

Make the “Cow With Milk Paper Craft” on DLTK’s Crafts for Kids at http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mpapermilkcow.htm.

Games and Activities

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express has lots of games about animals. Play “Moms and Babies: Farm Animals Game” at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station07/the-farm-sep07.shtml and “Animal Sounds Listening Game” at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station07/the-farm-sep07.shtml.

Guest Speakers

Southwest Dairy Farmers

http://www.southwestdairyfarmers.com/


The Southwest Dairy Farmers have a mobile Dairy Classroom program that is available for free if you live in certain areas. It includes a 35-40 minute oral presentation followed by a milking demonstration. They also provide printed educational materials.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Cows and Their Calves by Margaret Hall.

Milk From Cow to Carton by Aliki.

The Milk Group by Mari Schuh.

The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons.

Moo Who? by Margie Palatini.

Raising Cows on the Koebels’ Farm by Alice Flanagan.

Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive by Karma Wilson.

Bulletin Board

Cover your bulletin board with blue paper for the sky. Decorate the bottom half with green butcher paper for grass. Add several cows. Add one purple cow. Include the poem, “Purple Cow” by Gelett Burgess somewhere on the bulletin board. A copy of this poem is available on the PoemHunter.com web site at http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-purple-cow/.

Display

Display an old typewriter or word processor. Put one of the notes from the book, Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin in the typewriter. Add a few stuffed cows and other farm animals.

Decorations

Let the children color large blank cows and hang the cows around the storytime room.

Refreshments

Serve individual containers of Blue Bell chocolate and vanilla ice cream. They can usually be bought in 12 packs and come with the little individual wooden spoons. Or, serve pudding cups that do not require refrigeration.

Audio Recordings

“Cows” on Dance Party by The Wiggles.

“I’m a Cow” on Dance Party by The Wiggles.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type. (10 minutes)

Serious Farm. (10 minutes)

The Cow Who Clucked. (11 minutes)

VRRROOOMMM 2 Dairy Farming For Kids. (30 minutes)

Web Sites

Southwest Dairy Farmers


http://www.southwestdairyfarmers.com/


This web site has tons of information about cows. You may book your free Mobile Dairy Classroom visit, or find coloring sheets, quizzes, lesson plans, and more.

Professional Resources

The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan.

The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

Storytime Crafts by Kathryn Totten.

Accucut


http://www.accucut.com/


You may purchase dies, die-cut machines and laminators from this web site.

The Best Kids Book Site


http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/


Storytime ideas, books, crafts, and fingerplays are available from this web site.

Danielle’s Place


http://www.daniellesplace.com/


This web site has a variety of high quality crafts for educators. Selected crafts on the web site are free, while others require a paid membership.

DLTK’s


http://www.dltk-kids.com/


This web site has a variety of crafts for kids, ages 2 and up.

First School


http://www.first-school.ws/


Crafts, lesson plans, printables, and other activities for preschoolers through kindergartners are available on this web site.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express


http://www.preschoolexpress.com/


This web site features Toddler and Preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts and patterns. The pattern section is useful for nametags.

Kididdles


http://www.kididdles.com/


This web site includes songs and rhymes for children, most of which are in the public domain.

Oriental Trading Company


http://www.orientaltrading.com/


Craft supplies, craft kits, party supplies, and inexpensive incentives are available from this web site.

Craft Materials

Old McDonnald Had a Farm - Barn (Pattern 1 of 2)

Farm Barn Outline

Old McDonnald Had a Farm - Barn (Pattern 2 of 2)

Farm Barn Outline Pieces

Old McDonnald Had a Farm - Chicken Pattern

Chicken Pattern Sheet - Six Chickens

Old McDonnald Had a Farm - Cow Pattern

Cows Pattern Sheet - Eight Cows

Old McDonnald Had a Farm - Sheep Pattern

Sheep Pattern Sheet - Six Sheep

Old McDonnald Had a Farm - Pig Pattern

Pig Pattern Sheet - Six Pigs



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