It is no secret to any parent or teacher that animal books for children are far from difficult to find. When I was looking through the board books we own. The ones that I have read to L hundreds of times. I realized that over half of them were about animals to some degree. However, I think there is a good reason for this.
At 14 months, L can say about 7 words clearly. Mom, Dad, duck, bird, dog, truck, and car. This means that more than 33 percent of his vocabulary is consumed with animal names. I myself am not a baby or even a baby expert but it seems like learning words is exhausting and it would make sense to focus your energy on things you need or things you love. L does not need a duck, bird, or dog so I can only assume that they bring him joy. Using this reasoning, the plethora of animal books on the market makes sense due to the innate love that so many kids have for animals.
Like I just said, there are hundreds of animal books to choose from. I am just picking a few that L and I love that have a focus on farm animals.
This book takes the reader on a brief visit to all of the baby animals on the farm. It also has peek-a-boo holes in each page that make reading more interactive.
This is a silly book of animal sounds and singing. Though not strictly a farm book, the animals on the pages can all be found on a farm (except the rhinoceros).
This book is a great reference book (for kids). It has close to a hundred different animals in it but it has one page that is exclusively focused on farm animals. We use it to find the animals that are in the other books.
Some other farm books include:
- Discover Kids: Oink on the Farm (makes animal sounds)
- Fun on the Farm: A Pop-up Book (pop-up pages)
- The Farm Book (3+ animals and routines)
Do the ones that your own child is capable of.
- Practice pointing to the different animals and saying their names (help your child do the pointing).
- Say the names of the different animals and ask your child to find them on the page.
- Say the name of an animal then come up with real or silly words that rhyme with it. For example dog, frog, mog, etc. (When I taught fifth grade I still had students who did not understand how to rhyme words.)
- Clap out syllables for the animal names: rooster, roo “clap” ster.
- Visit a Farm (Salt Lake Area Specific Options)
- If You Don’t Live Near a Farm try a:
- Petting Zoo
- Dog Park
- Pet Store
- Bird Park
- Count the animals on each page.
- Count the animals in the whole book.
- Count the types of animals on each page.
- Count the animals in real life (on your field trip).
- Add (how many chickens and pigs are there?)
- Look for and identify shapes in the book.
- While on your field trip find out what the animals eat.
- Questions to ask your kids:
- Do they eat what you eat?
- Where do you think this animal would be happy living?
- Questions to ask your kids:
- Draw a farm scene or animal on paper or with chalk outside.
- Make handprint turkeys or chickens (see examples on bluefield5.blogspot.com)
- Make farm animals out of paper plates (see examples on twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com)
- Sing “Old McDonald had a Farm“
- Sing “The Animals on the Farm” (has the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
- Make up a dance for one of the songs
- Make up actions for one of the songs
- Play animal charades (sounds allowed)
- Make up your own animal song
- Have your child show you how an animal would move
- If you have a group play “Duck Duck Goose” (instructions)
- Print up a game from
- Have a conversation about other people’s animals.
- Should you feed an animal that isn’t yours? Why?
- Should you touch an animal that isn’t yours? Why?
- If you see an animal that you want to feed or touch what should you do?
Use the book you are already reading to integrate some other subjects!
What are your favorite farm books and activities?