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Farm and Harvest Theme!

October 30, 2010 22:09 by Barbara Shelby

A Farm and Harvest theme is good most of the year! Spring time and summer on the Farm and Harvest in the Fall...In here you'll find ideas for Farm themed art, games, dance, literacy, jokes, song, harvest, snacks, cooking, parties, and more! A great page!

Harvest Activities are towards bottom of page; see the Harvest/Good Character Display Board at bottom of page!  

Also...be sure to check out the Chicken and Pig Themes! Lots of good ideas that are great for the Farm and are NOT on this page!

 Western/Ranch/Fronteir theme is here... 

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ART and CRAFT IDEAS

HAND PRINT HORSES #1 
Need: Brown paint, paper, brown marker
1. Take brown paint and paint a child's hand.
2. Press the hand down on paper--WITH fingers pointing down.
3. The fingers are the legs and the thumb is the head.
4. Draw the mane and hoofs; add eyes and tail...

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KINDERGARTEN HORSEHAND #2

Materials: 9x12" white paper, crayons
Transform  handprints into horses!
Trace around  hands with black crayon, then turn the paper over so the fingers are pointing down.
Have children draw details to turn the hands into a horse; add a background. Drawing by a Kindergarten student of Kansas art teacher
Michael Austin.

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BUTTERMILK CHALK PICTURE
Need: Cardboard, brush, butter milk, and chalk.

Brush a piece of cardboard with 2 to 3 tablespoons of buttermilk or dip chalk in buttermilk. Create designs using colored chalk.

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ABOVE AND BELOW VEGGIE GARDEN
Materials: 12x18" white paper, sharpie, crayons

Bring in several root vegetables. Discuss the textures and colors.
Ask students to pretend they have a magical camera - the camera is very thin, and you can slide it into the ground. Take a picture, and you can see what is going on below the surface.

Draw a horizon line and below it we draw the vegetables.
Have students do a rubbing on a cement wall with brown crayon-- on the bottom half -- to show dirt. By a Grade 2 student of Art teacher
Michal Austin in Kansas.

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START WITH A SEED (ART)
1.
Glue a watermelon seed, pumpkin, or any kind of seed, onto paper.
2. Paint an imaginary plant with the roots growing FROM the seed UNDERGROUND.
3.  Paint the leaves, and flowers or fruit of the plant above the ground level. Match the drawing of the flower/fruit to the kind of seed you have "planted."

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FARM WEAVING
Materials: Chicken Wire, tape, natural raffia, gingham ribbon, old blue jeans etc.
Directions:
1. Cut squares of small-holed chicken wire.
2. Put masking tape around the sharp edges.
3. Set out assorted lengths of natural raffia, gingham ribbons and narrow strips ripped from old blue jeans.
4. The children weave them in and out of the holes.

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VEGETABLE AND ANIMAL FARM PRINTS

  • Use COOKIE CUTTERS of farm animals and make barnyard scenes on paper
  • Make red APPLE prints from apples cut crossway.
  • Press dried left over CORN COBS in paint and then roll them on paper.
  • Make PEPPER PRINTS by cutting them crossway and dipping them in bright colors of paint.

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ANIMAL CRACKER FARM SCENE
Materials:
Animal crackers
Craft glue
Crayons
Colorful paper.
Draw, color, paint a farm yard scene on paper using crayons (use other materials). Glue on the animal crackers to complete your farm scene.

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ANIMAL CRACKER PIN
To make this craft project you will need animal crackers, a flat backed pin, clear nail polish or varnish, and some craft glue. To begin coat your animal cracker with the polish or varnish in a well ventilated area and let it dry. Next glue it to a pin.

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TWO CORN ART IDEAS!

1. After eating corn on the cob, save the husks and corncobs, and let them dry. Have the children use them for art activities.
2. Make prints by dipping the corncobs into paint and then pressing them on paper
3. Dip ends of husks into paint and then brush the paint on paper.
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Idea #2 CORN COLLAGE
Need:
Yellow and green construction paper, Glue,  Un-popped popcorn
1. Cut a "corn cob" and "husks" out of paper. Glue the "husks" around the "cob".
2. Spread the glue on the "cob" and cover it with un-popped popcorn

If your looking for a 'Short Corn Theme'--there are several ideas in Themes for a Day Page 1...

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GARDEN COLLAGE OF SEEDS
Need: Large piece of green construction paper, glue, and several types of inexpensive dried seeds and beans (popcorn, lima beans, pinto beans, and navy beans, etc.)
Directions:
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Have children squeeze out a long stripe of glue along the length of paper.
2. Spread the glue slightly, keeping the long thin shape; sprinkle or place one type of seed along the glue strip.
3. Make two or three more stripes of glue--adding different types of seeds to each.
4. The finished collage should remind one of the rows of seeds planted in a spring garden.

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STRAW PAINTING (As in 'Farm Straw' not a drinking straw)
Need: Straw, Paint
Directions: Have children use pieces of straw for paint brushes. Use different colors and experiment with different looks and methods. Add the pieces of straw to the pictures, when the paintings are complete.

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ON THE FARM VEGETABLE PUPPETS (Art, drama activity, and snack all in one) 
What you need:
Large carrots
Popsicle sticks (craft)
Cream cheese
Raisins and/or olives
Celery
Parsley
Green beans
A peel a carrot -- cut off at both ends

1. With a paring knife (adults only), make a slit in the bottom of the larger end and insert a craft stick.
2. Using the cream cheese as "glue", affix raisins or olives for eyes and a nose, a slice of celery for the mouth and parsley sprigs for the hair. Let the kids be creative with the different vegetables.
3. For the arms and legs, cut green beans in half and affix with generous amounts of cream cheese (Cut the legs at an angle). 

 For a veggie PUPPET SHOW, the puppeteers need to hide below a table, holding the puppets above the edge! Yummy puppets to eat when finished!
Source: Tonya at: tennsaca.com

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COW COLLAGE by Jason-Grade 1
Materials: colored paper, glue, scissors
This project is great for practicing cutting and gluing skills AND makes a great display.

Put out  supplies and this image; have kids  make their own version...Source Art teacher Michal Austin

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FARM THEMED GAMES

CHARADES USING ANIMAL CRACKERS
One child pulls an animal cracker out of the bag and  doesn't show it to the rest of the group. They then act out the animal while the other children try to guess what it is. When the group comes up with the correct answer, the child acting out the charade can eat the animal cracker!

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BARNYARD TAG
Formation: Teams are lined up by the end line at a far end.
Depending on the number of children playing, split youth up into teams. Give the Players in the teams designated names: sheep, cows, horses, pigs...

  • Two or three people are "It" in the middle of the room.
  • "It" calls out the names of an animal (Example: Sheep)
  • All sheep must run to the pen at the opposite end of the room without being caught.
  • When barnyard is called, everyone must run to opposite ends.
  • Penalty for being caught is to run all around the barnyard (A LAP OF THE GYM ONCE) and then they can come back in the game!
  • Every few minutes - change the "Its".

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DRESS A SCARECROW AND RUN

1. Stock up on over-sized plaid shirts, goofy pants, rope belt, floppy hats and any other clothing that a scarecrow might wear. 2. Make piles containing one of each item.
3. The number of piles is determined either by the number of kids or teams participating.
4. Line up kids and let the game begin!
5. The children run to the pile, put on the outfit, and dart back to the starting line.
6. If doing it as a team game, they would then switch the outfit with their teammate-who run out and back.
7. First team with their last team member DRESSED AS A SCARECROW wins.

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DUCKS AND COWS 
 
To go along with your 'farm theme'....this is a great way to divide children into two teams.

  • Players close their eyes while one person taps them on their shoulders and designates them either a "duck" or "cow."
  • On a given signal, keeping their eyes closed the players must make their animal sounds to gather into their two teams.
  • The ducks "quack" and the cows "moo."
  •  Begin the game when the two groups all "find each other.

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DUCK WALK RACE
1.
  Have children line up at the Start Line, squat down and grasp their ankles with each hand from behind.
2.  On GO, they waddle to a designated Finish Line.
3.  They can't let go of their ankles or they’re disqualified.
4.  The first child over the Finish Line is the winner... (This would be fun to play with "waddle music" :-)
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QUACK GAME (Good for young children)
Everyone stands feet slightly apart, hands on knees or ankles, looking back through their legs. Then they start moving backwards.

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At Thanksgiving this game is called 'Turkey Leftovers'...for a Farm or Harvest Theme consider changing it to TURKEY IN THE BARNYARD!

1. All children stand in pairs holding hands and facing each other.
2. A third child-called the 'turkey' stands between each pair. The turkey is in the 'barnyard (between the two facing children)
3. One child is NOT with a pair and in the 'barnyard'. This 'free' turkey is roaming.
4. At a signal, (such as Gobble, Gobble, Gobble) all turkeys leave their barnyard and run for safety to another barnyard. One turkey will be left over and not be able to find a barnyard to enter.
5. Depending on the number of players-continue until all (or many) have had time to be a left-over turkey!

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ANIMAL SOUNDS
Another game for older children is to randomly assign animal types to children (they pick them out of a container)

  • As youth walk about the room, they make their assigned animal sound; they have to find others that are making the same sound.
  • Two of each animal works well because the process of elimination will help those with an unusual interpretation of the animal noise.
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Sing ‘OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM', complete with very loud sound effects. Each child or section can be given a different animal to act out.
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PLAY "HOP BUNNY HOP" (Pre-K)

  • All the bunnies hop around until the word ‘HAWK’ is called out.
  • Children then must all stand very still so that they do not get caught.
  • (Music can also be combined with this---when the music stops "HAWK" is called out!

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PARACHUTE PLAY AND FARM ANIMALS (Pre-K-K)
Use a large bed sheet or playground/gym parachute. Gather the children form a circle around the parachute. Hold the edges and work together to move it up and down. Once the children get the hang of it, allow a few children at a time, to go under the chute…. Then put a stuffed cow, duck, horse, etc., in the center and make them hop and jump as well.

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ADAPT WELL-KNOWN GAMES AND FUN TO A FARM/BARNYARD THEME...

Examples:

Play the "FARMER SAYS”…Instead of "Simon Says" (Or Scarecrow says, etc.) 
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FARMER MAY I? (Played like Mother May I?)

  • All the children line up side by side except the player who is the caller.
  • The caller stands at a distance from the lined up players.
  • He/she calls on each player in turn to take a number of steps toward him. The steps allowed are: baby steps, giant steps, and scissor steps (like forward jumping jacks.)
  • The player answers "Farmer, may I?"
  • The Farmer answers "Yes, you may." The player takes the prescribed number of steps toward the caller. If the player forgets to ask permission after they get directions--- and takes steps toward the caller--- they are sent back to the starting line.
  • The first player to reach the caller is the winner and new caller.
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For a Fall Farm/Harvest theme PLAY "MR. PUMPKIN HEAD"
Do you have Mr. Potato Head game pieces? The kids can have some 'fall fun' using them with small pumpkins! Using a smallish to medium sized pumpkin, poke some holes where the eyes, nose and mouth would be (include hat and ears). Have the children decorate "Mr. Pumpkin Head" using Mr. Potato Head pieces.

 

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Play
PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY
OR other versions such as: 'Pin the Tail on the Cow, Pin the Comb on the Rooster, Put the Hat on the Farmer, Put the tire on the tractor, Pin the Tail on the Pig,' Etc.

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Play "Duck, Duck, Goose or other versions such as---CHICK, CHICK, ROOSTER, PIG, PIG, PIGLET, APPLE, APPLE, PEAR, etc.

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TREAURE HUNT

  • Place a hay bale inside a plastic swimming pool and pull it apart
  • Hide treasures inside the bale. (Watch for asthma and allergies)

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Have an EGG AND SPOON RACE (Hard boil the eggs to avoid messy accidents).

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EGG HUNT
Hide plastic eggs all around the area. Once found, they can be exchanged for an animal toy or sticker.

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For older children play “WHAT ANIMAL AM I?

  • Each child is given the name of an animal that everyone except them can see.
  • Through a process of "yes/no" questions, each child guesses the animal they are…
  • The name of the animal can be pinned to their back or put on a head band facing the front.

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FARM THEMED PARTY GAMES...

OLD McDonald ANIMAL HUNT

  • Before your “Farm party" hide several farm animal toys or cards around the event area, yard etc.
  • Paint or decorate a box to look like a barn or use a BASKET.
  • Before you start, explain to the children that old McDonald's animals got out of the barn.
  • The children are to search and collect the toys/cards and RETURN THEM TO THE BARN.
  • Give each child an appropriated treat or prize for hunting...

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 OLD McDONALD EGG FIND

  • Fill a large tub with straw or raffia.
  • Hide plastic eggs in the straw, making sure there’s at least one egg for each child.
  • Inside each egg, place a number or sticker corresponding to a predetermined barnyard animal.
  • When everyone has opened an egg, form a circle and make sure the kids know their animals.
  • Then, sing “Old MacDonald had a Farm,” with each child acting like and making their animal sound in turn!

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SHEEP HERDING

  • Before the event, inflate two white balloons.
  • Attach short pieces of black curling ribbon to make sheep tails and use a black marker to draw faces on them.
  • To play, divide players into two teams.
  • Give the first player on each team a broom, or fly swatter, that they will use to herd their team’s sheep across the room and back to the next player in line.
  • The first team to finish herding their sheep wins! (You may want to have “sheep” clones ready in case the originals pop.)

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BARN YARD SEARCH GAME:

A good outside, large room, or gym area game.

  • Hide small pieces of wrapped candy in an area where children can run around.
  • Divide the group into three or four teams---(depending of size of the group).
  • Assign each team a farm animal noise: gobble, moo, oink, or ba-aaaa.
  • Give one person on each team — the farmer— a plastic cup or bowl.
    To play:
    Tell all the animals to sniff out the candy. Everyone is allowed to look for the candy, but ONLY the designated farmer for each team can scoop it up and put it in the team cup.
    When someone finds a piece of candy, they have to stand next to it and make their animal noise until their team's trainer comes over to grab it.
    To be fair consider everyone pooling their candy at the end and then distribute it evenly.

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PARTY TIME ON THE FARM!

At the culmination of your FARM THEME or HARVEST THEME... 

DRESS UP...Have children dress up as different FARM ANIMALS …OR… wear FARM CLOTHES such as jeans, boots, checked shirts, straw hat, kerchief, overalls, etc. Another fun idea...DRESS LIKE A SCARECROW!

Wear worn-in jeans or over-alls that have patched holes with an old bandanna; add a flannel shirt, a worn-in hat and gardening gloves. Stick some straw in various places to add to the effect. Use makeup to paint the face yellow and add short lines around the eyes to look like a sewn on patch. Use green make-up to paint an upside down triangle on the nose--- again adding short lines around it to look like a sewn on patch. Use red for the mouth adding the short lines. Add small red circles of color to the cheeks.

• Play ANY of the GAMES in the above posts...

• Play COUNTRY AND SQUARE DANCE MUSIC for games and movement...

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DECORATIONS:

   • Get a clean wheelbarrow and fill it with soft toy farm animals.

   • Cover tables with red checked tablecloths. (Or red and white butcher paper)

   • Create a little farmyard as a table centerpiece, using plastic or plush animals.

   • Draw black splodges --or glue black paper---onto white balloons to create ‘cow’ look balloons.

   • Gather toy tractors, trailers and other farm machinery vehicles to have available for the farmers to play with.

   • Draw freckles on the face of each child!!!

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COOKING AND SNACKS...

MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTER just like the farmers!
Need:
Baby food jars
A bowl of ice
Small bowl to put the butter in the ice
Spoon to press butter on the bowl
Measuring spoon

1. Put 2 tablespoons whipping cream in each baby food jar.

2. Put lid on tightly and shake as long as can.

3. Remove lid and pour off excess liquid.

4. Spoon butter into the smaller bowl and set this bowl in the bowl of ice.

5. As butter chills, continue to press it again the side of the bowl to get rid of any remaining liquid.

6. When ready…enjoy on some good bread or rolls!
    Tip:To speed up the process you can add a marble to the jar when shaking

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QUICK IDEAS...

• All unprocessed foods come from farms, so there's a lot to choose for your Farm Theme. 
Arrange bite-sized vegetables - cherry tomatoes, celery, chunks of cucumber and carrot - in rows like a vegetable patch. Sprouts can represent mulch or hay. Just add a dip...

• Seedless grapes, chopped apple, banana, and melons

Animal shaped cookie cutters can be used on melons or cheese for fancy shapes.

Animal crackers

Chicken tenders or nuggets

• Pigs in a blanket (Recipes in ‘Pig” Theme.)

• Cupcakes with green frosting and a plastic animal on top of each one

• Chocolate marshmallow eggs

• Milkshakes (Made with children)

• Ice plain cupcakes with green frosting and put mini marshmallows in a sheep shape on top

• Serve ‘chicken feed’ in pails – chips, cheese balls, popcorn, etc.

• Make haystacks of potato sticks and pretzels

• Eggs are a popular farm food and have lots of uses: .....Colored hard boiled eggs (this could be an earlier cooking project with kids), Egg sandwiches - mash hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise.

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SERVE GRAIN MIX!
Mix pretzels, Corn Pops, Rice Chex, etc.
Pre-make or put ingredients out---and have children mix what they like...

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Make MARSHMALLOW HAYSTACKS
This is a great variation to the rice cereal treat recipe.
Using traditional 'Rice Krispies recipe'...replace the rice cereal with corn flake cereal. Follow the instructions combining the cereal, melted marshmallow and butter mixture. Mold the cereal mixture into the shape of haystacks. Optional: Add an orange candy corn or pumpkin to the top of each haystack.

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PURPLE COW

Ingredients
1 cup milk
1 sliced banana
¼ cup unsweetened grape juice
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Makes 4-6 small servings

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BLACK COW (recipe makes 1)
Ingredients:
Root Beer, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup
Directions:
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add root beer, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.
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MAKE CRICKET COOLERS

  • A day before needed, fill several ice trays with water. Place a few raisins in each compartment to create “cricket” cubes; freeze overnight.
  • On the party day, place one tablespoon of grenadine syrup in each child’s glass.
  • Add a few cricket cubes.
  • Fill the glasses with cream soda as the kids watch. They’ll be amazed how their buggy drink turns pink and foamy!

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NO BAKE HAYSTACK COOKIES

 

2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips (or peanut butter if no allergies)
½ tsp. vanilla
3 cups chow mien noodles
Optional: May add 1 cup chopped walnuts or peanuts.
Melt chips; mix in noodles until coated well.
Drop
By teaspoon onto was paper. Put in refrigerator to set.
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HAYSTACK COOKIES #2 (NO BAKE)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup salted peanuts
4 cups chow mein noodles
Melt chips and peanut butter in microwave. Blend together.
Stir in peanuts and noodles gently in the peanut butter mixture.
Drop dough by forkfuls onto wax paper. Cool until set. Yummy

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NEST SNACK
Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of brown sugar. Boil and stir for one minute. Add a 3 oz. can of chow mein noodles. Put the mixture in 12 paper baking cups in a muffin tin. Use your thumb to press noodles into the nest while still warm. DO NOT BAKE. Give children jelly bean eggs to put in their nests.

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CAKE Idea #1 
Cover a cake with chocolate frosting and place toy pigs in the ‘mud’.
Cake Idea # 2
Sprinkle an iced/frosted cake with green colored coconut; divide into paddocks/corrals using toothpicks and decorate with plastic animals.

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Idea: Serve food in mini aluminum buckets...

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FEED BAGS (Snack)
Fill small burlap bags with Chex Mix, animal crackers, gummy worms or other snack of your choice. Close with twine and write “FEED” across the front with a black marker.

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CAN YOU ARRANGE A FARM or PUMPKIN FIELD TRIP?

•A field trip to a farm can be an enjoyable experience.

 •Make arrangements so the children can LEARN HOW TO MILK a cow or goat. (Or watch one being milked)

• Can they experience freshly processed milk and cheese and homemade apple or strawberry pie?

• Kids enjoy playing with and PETTING FARM ANIMALS.

•Maybe a CORN MAZE can be set up in a patch of corn?.

•If it’s harvest time, your group can pick corn, strawberries or other vegetables from the field. These can be taken home to eat and dried corn can be a souvenir.

•HAYRIDES can take place any time of the year but are best in the fall or cooler weather. Your group can enjoy this ride while singing and clapping hands. The farm and woods scenery would be a fantastic experience for the kids.

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TURN THE 'DRAMATIC PLAY AREA' INTO A FARM OR BARN!

  • Go to a 'Farmer's OR Country Market'-- and GET SOME STRAW/HAY ...
  • Use---PUMPKINS and SQUASH for accessories. You can talk about those items being grown on a farm and/or use them for cooking projects.
  • Paint  a picture of a BARN ON BUTCHER PAPER and adhere it to the walls … put stuffed farm animals such as pigs and cow puppets in the area.

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MILK A COW (draw a cow on the wall and attached a rubber glove filled with milk.) Poke holes in the finger so the milk will come out--the fingers are udders.
 
Another version of a
MILKING GLOVE:
Fill white surgical gloves with water and tie the tops. Put pinpricks in the ends of the fingers and attach to the clothesline. Children can now try and ‘milk’ their cow.

MORE DECORATING IDEAS...

1. Decorate with a pre-made SCARECROW or make your own.
Use a pumpkin head and stuff the body--- dressed in an old pair of jeans and flannel or t-shirt. 

2. Don’t forget the checkered table cloth. 

3. Also, how about putting "Stereo-typical" Farmer's clothing in the dress-up box?

4. Put hay on the floor (check to make sure no one is allergic)

5. Decorate with farm animals (horses, cows, etc)

6. Make or buy some stick horses

7. Make a pretend campfire in the middle (rolled up newspaper with yellow and orange crepe paper)

6. Can you find a saddle?

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ADD LITERACY with the story of Charlotte's Web by E. B. White.

All of the typical farm animals are present in this story but they are not just moving about the barnyard -- they're talking! Read the story as a group chapter book... Also, remember the movie!

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Other Children's Stories with Farm Theme (For Pre-K to Gr. 1)

  • To Market, To Market – by Anne Miranda
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You – by Dr. Seus
  • Big Red Barn – by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Chicken Little – by Laura Rader
  • Farm Morning – by David Mc Phail
  • Color Farm – by Lois Ehlert
  • Farm Alphabet Book – by Jan Miller
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm – by Nancy Hellen

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FOR JOKES ABOUT ANIMALS THAT LIVE ON A FARM...Click here

 


  

 

 A Nice Display Idea for KINDNESS AND HARVEST TIME! It works well with a Fall Harvest Theme but also addresses 'Aniti-Bully Week' in October and  'World Kindness Week' in November.  (This could just as well say "LET'S HARVEST KINDNESS!") It could stay up all Autumn/Fall!

Each time a deed of 'Good Character'  or 'Kindness' is noted-it is recorded on a small card and placed on a pumpkin! Great for September through November... Origin of this board is unknow-will you please contact this site if you know the creator? Thank you

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To complete your Farm Theme--Check out Theme of CHICKENS AND PIGS!

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Be sure to visit the Fall/Autumn PUMPKIN THEME! (All Autumn Ideas-NOT Halloween!) The 'Pumpkin Category' has many ideas good for a Harvest Theme!

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 FALL HARVEST and CARNIVAL TYPE GAMES

PUMPKIN SEED TOSS
Number and line up 5 small baskets or crates; have children stand 3 feet in front of the first crate and toss seeds into the crates in sequence. Small prizes can be given for each of the crates they get their seeds in.

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CORN HUSKING RACE
Give each child 4 ears of unhusked corn and race to see who can have all of their corn husked first. Of course-- cook it up and serve for a great snack!

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PASS THE CORN GAME (Ages 4 - 10)
Divide the children into two teams (or as many as you need) and have them form two lines. You will need a cob of dried Indian corn for each team.
 
1. At the signal "go", the corncob is to be passed from child to child. The catch is that they can use any part of their bodies, except their hands.
2. If the corn touches the ground at any time, it must go back to the beginning of the line again.
3. Whichever team manages to get the corn to the end of the line first wins the game.
4. The corn can also be used in a relay, with the kids putting the corn between their knees, and racing "crab" style".

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PUMPKIN WALK
This is like a regular cake walk except instead of numbers, place pictures of several fall items on the floor for the children to walk on and call out the names of the items instead of numbers. Award the child that lands on the picture of a pumpkin---a small/miniature pumpkin! Use fall themed music such as "Turkey In The Straw" or "Jimmy Cracked Corn".

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FLOATING PUMPKINS
Number the bottom of the small gourds that look like miniature pumpkins and float them in water for the children to choose one for small prizes.

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MUSICAL BALES
Play musical chairs with bales of straw instead of chairs. A scarecrow in the center makes a fun decoration for this game.

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TURKEY IN THE STRAW
Fill a wading pool with straw and hide a small picture of a turkey in it for groups to dig through to see who can find it first.

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THE SQUIRREL GAME - Let the kids pretend they are squirrels gathering nuts for the winter. Give each a small paper bag, then toss out several unshelled nuts onto the floor and let the kids race to see who can collect the most. Older and younger children should be separated for this game. Another way to play this game, (if you have a way to corral a large quantity of leaves) is to hide nuts beneath a large pile of leaves and give the kids a set amount of time to find as many nuts as they can.

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PUMPKIN RACE
Set up starting and finish lines and have the children race to see who can get their pumpkin over the finish line first using only their feet to slide the pumpkins along. No kicking the pumpkins like footballs...

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PICKING APPLES
A regular sucker pull can become "Apple Picking." Make a large apple tree with lots of red apples out of construction paper; then connect the tree to peg board. Mark the tips of the handles on only a few caramel apple suckers then poke them through the peg board holes; poke several unmarked suckers around the marked suckers; then let the kids pick an apple. Have prizes ready for those who get the marked suckers, but everyone gets to keep the sucker they pulled.

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HARVEST DASH (OUTSIDE GAME)
Set up a fall relay with the kids. Fill large containers with sunflower seed-bird feed. (Popcorn would also work) Have smaller, clear containers at the opposite end.

Kids fill up a cup with seed and race to dump it in the empty container. They sprint back to the start and hand-off the cup to the teammates. Goal of the race is to be the first team to fill up the small container with the seeds.
As an extra challenge, give the kids an over-sized soup ladle instead of a cup. Don't worry if the seeds spill; that's part of the fun! The birds will easily find them later.

Try a dollar store for inexpensive clear containers. They usually stock plastic ones in apple or pumpkin shapes in the fall.
Popcorn or candy corn also can be used in place of seed.

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HARVEST BINGO
Make autumn bingo cards using different types of dried seeds and beans. Check out your grocery store or natural foods co-op for plenty of unusual choices. First child to get bingo wins!

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POEMS AND SONGS...

DID YOU EVER SEE A SCARECROW?
Tune: Did You ever See A Lassie?"

Did you ever see a scarecrow,
A scarecrow, a scarecrow?
Did you ever see a scarecrow,
That's filled with dry hay?
He's dressed all in old clothes;
He scares off the black crows.
Have you ever seen a scarecrow,
That's filled with dry hay?

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I'M A LITTLE SCARECROW
To tune of 'I'm a Little Tea Pot'

I'm A Little Scarecrow
Stuffed with hay
Here I stand in a field all day.
When I see the crows,
I like to shout,
"Hey! You crows, you better get out!"

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I'M A LITTLE CORNSTALK
T
o tune of 'I'm A Little Teapot'

I'm a little cornstalk tall and stout...
see me grow and watch me sprout.
When I'm brown, you can shuck me down...
Boil me up and I'm the best in town.

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Also to go with a FARM THEME---Check out the...

•Chicken & Pig Themes

•Egg Theme (Not Easter Decorated Eggs--just Eggs

•Autumn/Fall (NOT Halloween) Pumpkin Category.

•Apples, Farms & Harvest go together! For more than 55 Ideas, check out the Apple Themed Category on this site! 

•There are also 65 Apple Snacking and Cooking Ideas .

Fall/Autumn Game Category ...It has lots of ideas with pumpkins, corn and gourds that will work with a Harvest Theme...

•Western/Ranch/Fronteir Themed page

•Have a Milk Theme Day! 

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