Down on the Farm

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Books to Share

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner
Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel
The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say MOO by Jonathan Allen
Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley
This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Books to Show or Booktalk

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Bob by Tracy Campbell Ernst
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming
Duck, Duck, Goose! (A Coyote’s on the Loose!) by Karen Beaumont
Look Who’s Talking! On the Farm by Danny Tepper

Bulletin Board

Down on the Farm!

Place a large red barn in the center of the bulletin board.  Populate the pasture around the barn with various farm animals and copies of book jackets from picture books featuring farmers and farm animals.



Write children’s names on barn-shaped cutouts.

Graphic of Pattern to cut out of a Barn


Old McDonald Had a Farm

(Traditional. A great illustrated version of this traditional song is Holly Berry’s Old MacDonald Had a Farm.)

Old McDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.

And on that 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 McDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.

Dance and Movement Songs

The Boy on the Bus

Use The Boy on the Bus:  A Sing-Along Storybook by Penny Dale.  This is a fun, farm-based take on “The Wheels on the Bus.”

Flannel Boards

Use The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson as a flannel board.  Place the farmer on the board first, adding one animal at a time.  For each new animal, ask the children what that animal likes to eat.  Invite the children to join in each time the chorus comes along, “But the cow loves cookies.”  See the video at the top of this page that demonstrates this flannel board.


In the Big Red Barn

A graphic of a colored red barn with animals in it. The finished product of this craft.



  • Copied page with farm animals
  • Barn cut from red construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers or crayons



Give each child the farm animal page to color.  After coloring, assist each child in gluing the barn so that the animals can look out. Write each child’s name on his or her picture.

A graphic of the pattern to cut out of the uncolored barn showing where to cut to put in the animals.

A graphic of a pattern of the uncolored animals to insert into the barn.

Games and Activities

Sounds Around the Farm

(Play this singing game focusing on farm animal sounds with the children.  Continue with other animals and their sounds.)

Sounds Around the Farm song (mp3)

The leader asks the questions:  Who says “moo? ”
The children answer (with the leader’s help):  The cow says “moo. ”
Leader:  Who says “quack? ”
Children:  The duck says “quack.”

Page last modified: February 15, 2012