What was I thinking? I love pulling out old pictures, but what was going on with the jean vest, the black lowlights in my naturally blonde hair, or the uncomfortable shoes I used to wear. Cringe-worthy. The other thing I’m reconsidering (mostly because my girls are into asking about favorites) is my favorite farm animal. I’ve always loved pigs, but now I wonder if it’s just because they are pink (my favorite color). Horses are cooler. No matter what your favorite farm animal is, there’s something here for everyone with these farm literacy activities for preschoolers. We’ve got cows, pigs, horses, you name it! Check out our literacy centers for farm week!
Farm Lesson plans
Initial Sound Activity
Does anyone else love self-checking centers? I can set my little ones up with an activity and know they are still learning that essential information without me there!
These initial sound cards incorporate farm-themed words up in the loft of the barn. (Adding in those themed vocabulary words is just an added bonus to this activity!) The little ones identify the picture, identify the initial sound, and then open the barn doors to reveal the beginning letter of each word. The doors are the perfect way to amp up the engagement with this farm literacy activity!
Pigs in the Mud
Letter Matching Farm Literacy Activity
Okay, I will admit that pigs are adorable as piglets or in the clip art version – like these. But I still don’t think they are my favorite farm animal.
For this next farm literacy activity, match lettered pigs to the letters in the mud for a low-prep literacy center.
Just cut out the pig cards along the lines, laminate if you want, and this is set to go! I love how you can mix and match the uppercase/lowercase letters in the mud with the uppercase/lowercase pigs to meet the needs of any learner!
Farm Rhyming Activity
My little ones absolutely love any activity that has to do with feeding the animals. Our farm feeding counting sensory bin has been such a hit this week!
So I’ve incorporated feeding the cow with this next literacy activity: Cow Chow!
Just like the name suggests, this is a rhyming activity in which students only feed the cow the rhyming pairs.
To differentiate for my little one, I put the two cards that started with the same first picture out at the same time. This made it easier to determine which pair ended the same way. Easy to set up with just a cardboard box, too! Check out this farm literacy activity here!
Silo Syllable Sort
Farm Literacy Activities
Next up, we sorted words into silos based on the number of syllables. We used these farm vocabulary cards, which can also be used in a pocket chart in the writing center.
Just tape the numbered silos onto tin cans or tall containers for an easy set-up. Then, say each farm-themed word, clap the syllables, and count them using your fingers. (I’ve included a little poster showing these steps to make it easy for students beginning to count syllables.) Then, place the card in the silo that shows the number of syllables.
Two easy and engaging farm literacy activities in one!
Salt Writing Tray
This farm alphabet tray has been the perfect way to wrap up our week.
Tip: Food storage containers with one small and one large section make the best salt trays. The small section is perfect for standing up cards, and the large section stores the salt without having to clean it up every time. Just snap on the lid and it’s ready to go for next time.
These farm alphabet cards have two versions: one with the uppercase and lowercase letter for students working on copying the letter for letter formation and the other with the missing first letter for students who already know the shapes of the letters and are working on beginning sounds.
I love how this farm literacy activity not only incorporates letter formation, but all of the cards have farm-themed words to build that vocabulary as well.
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This week spent down on the farm was amazing! We learned so many new things about how farms run and work and all of the interesting animals that live there. Plus, these farm literacy activities are the perfect way to work on letters, sounds, rhyming, and syllables at the same time. Grab the entire farm bundle for a discounted price here!