We have officially started preschool now two days a week, and Grace is loving her new school! She walked right in her first day no tears (oh but Mama cried) and started playing with her new friends. Such a big girl! We are still continuing our at home Tot School and for weeks 27-28 our theme was farm animals.
Our books of the week included two books we had in our collection already, Farmyard Count to Ten a Book Studio publication and Bedtime on the Farm. Farmyard Count to Ten is a really cute pop up book and Grace has been showing interest in counting so this book was great to point and count the animals throughout. The pop up pages are quite fragile so this book was mostly read when Grace couldn’t grab at the pages. Bedtime on the Farm however was great for Grace to explore different textures on each animal throughout the book, and being a board book was very sturdy for her to play with on her own and included a cute carrying handle on the spine.
We of course jammed out to Pancake Manor’s Old McDonald Had a Farm YouTube video and song all week long. We sang Farmer and the Dell, and also watched an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse called Mickey & Donald Have a Farm available for free on YouTube. Lastly we enjoyed dancing to Story Bots’ Farm Animal Songs on YouTube as well.
We did not have a sensory bin for our latest theme. Instead we played with our Little People Farm that was another hand me down from a cousin. This Play set stayed out in Grace’s room the whole two weeks we focused on our farm animals theme and she played with it almost every single day, making animal noises for each of the little animals.
She would also roll the tractor that goes with this farm (not pictured) around her room yelling “beep beep” as she went. Too cute!
We’ve also been very fortunate to receive several Melissa and Doug Puzzles from family members, so our next activity was playing with three different farm themed puzzles. We set down at a specific time to play with these puzzles, but Grace would also play with them throughout both weeks as well. Using these puzzles was great for her to recognize the animals I would call out and very early on into our farm animal theme, she quickly caught on to what each animal says. For example, “Quack” for duck, “Oink” for pig, “Moo” for cow, etc.
Our next farm animal activity was making a farm scene with stickers. I grabbed a pack of farm themed stickers a while back at our local dollar store, so we had those all ready to go. I just put a piece of green card stock down (you can use whatever color or type of paper you want) and would hand Grace a sticker from the sheet to place on the card stock. Super simple and Grace loves playing with stickers. Again I would name the sticker I was handing her and she would make animal sounds or try to say the name of what I was handing her as she thoughtfully placed the stickers on her scene.
When she was all finished, or rather when the stickers ran out, I placed her farm scene on the refrigerator for the rest of our two weeks.
We ventured outside for our next activity. Grace loves to go outside and play and dramatically yells “side” and points to the back door daily now. So I knew having one of our activities outside would be a hit for Grace. All I did was draw a little farm with side walk chalk on our patio, making sure there were small world spaces for each of the farm animals in one of Grace’s puzzles. After I drew the farm, I placed the farm animal puzzle pieces in their spaces and outside we went to play!
Grace was all excited to see the little farm on the patio and just pointed at first at each of the animals making the animal sound as she went along. She played with the chalk farm for a little while before heading off to explore the rest of the back yard.
Other than going outside, anything with water is still a favorite for Grace, so our next activity for our farm theme was giving our farm animals a bath! Neat little side story here…Grace was not having the best of days when we did this activity and earlier in the day I had asked her if she wanted to take a bath (to make her feel better) and I also asked if she wanted to take the farm animals with her and give them a bath too. At the time she was pretty upset and replied “No!” Later that night when it was our usual time for a bath, Grace walked right up to her farm grabbed all the animals two at a time and threw them in the bathtub as I was running the water. I was a little shocked she remembered what I said earlier that day! I gave Grace a small wash cloth that had came with a doll we have for the bath and lined up her animals on the side. She didn’t do much bathing but I think she really enjoyed taking a bath with her farm animals! This activity is super simple, was loved by Grace, and loved by Mama as there was really no prep for this and her toys got a good cleaning! Again, Grace would make the corresponding animal sounds for each figure and I could call out animal names and she would show me the correct animal!
Our last activity for our farm themed weeks was a last minute find at a local big box store. We stumbled across a finger puppet set with farm animals and it was instantly added to our basket. Grace actually held on to these puppets during our whole shopping trip. We’ve been jamming out to Old McDonald Had a Farm throughout both of our farm animal themed weeks, so I figured a little singing and story telling with these finger puppets would be the perfect activity for us to end our farm animal themed fun! And what a perfect ending it was, Grace squealed and laughed during our sing along at the finger puppets and would take each animal off my hand as I sang about that particular one.
We had a blast learning about farm animals this week! Seeing Grace recognize these animals and make their sounds was simply amazing for this Mama! 🐄
EVERYDAY a little Grace 🌷