Farm Fine Motor Activities to Herd in Neat Handwriting

As a former elementary school teacher, I was always amazed at how some of my third graders came to the classroom unable to cut straight or color in the lines. Not to mention their illegible handwriting! It was truly baffling. And it wasn’t until I started teaching my own children that I realized acquiring fine motor skills translates into so many different areas of life, not just third-grade handwriting. Knowing this has made me keenly aware of how important it is to incorporate fine motor practice whenever I can. Not only did we integrate fine motor skills into math activities like our Shear the Sheep game or literacy activities like our Farm Alphabet salt tray, but I also included some farm fine motor activities for preschoolers that just encourage learning through play.

Farm Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

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Farm Lesson plans

Fill the Silo

Sensory Bin

Popcorn kernels are one of my absolute favorite sensory bin fillers. They just have such an amazing sensation when running them through your fingers. Plus, popcorn kernels go perfectly with a farm theme!

 

I filled a sensory tub with popcorn kernels and added in the Lego Duplo barn set. Then, I cut a hole in a small coffee canister using a box cutter and got ourselves the perfect silo. We talked about how silos are used to store different grains like wheat, and then I set the little one off to fill up the silo! She used a shovel, her fingers, and even the little trough that came with the Legos to scoop popcorn into the silo. Next, came the fun part: dumping out the silo!

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Milk the Cow

Fine Motor Dramatic Play

I’m all about providing my kiddos with real experiences, but we’ve never come across the opportunity to milk a cow. I’m usually quite adventurous, but the thought of milking a cow makes me shudder. No pun intended about udders. Maybe I’m scared I will be forced to try hot milk. Yuck! (Deep breath.) It’s okay, we only live once, right?

 

Until that moment, I’ve created a cow-milking experience right here for my little ones to try. I used a pushpin to poke a hole in each of the fingers of a latex glove and poured milk inside. Tip: Only poke 2-3 holes and make sure they are small. Then, I tied up the rubber glove at the top. Next, I used tape to secure it to the chair before taping the cow from our Farm Dramatic Play Center on top. I would definitely see if you could tie the glove onto a bar, knob, or PVC pipe using string if you can. That way, the kiddos can tug on those udders a little harder than mine could.

 

Also, we only tried this one day with real milk. The other days, I just left the cow in the dramatic play center with an empty glove for the kids to pretend to milk the cow. This way seemed a lot more manageable to me.

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Farm Animal Washing

Farm Fine Motor Sensory Bin

Okay, this next farm fine motor activity is a sure winner! Kids who love messes: check! Children who love to clean: check! Toddlers who love mud: check! Kids who love water: check! Teachers who love when an activity captivates toddlers for longer than 30 seconds: check! Not to mention, this goes perfectly with one of our farm books this week: Mrs. Wishy Washy.

 

For this farm animal washing sensory experience, I set up two bins side by side – one with mud and one with soapy water. Next, I placed our farm animal counters in the muddy water just like the animals on Mrs. Wishy Washy’s farm. Add a scrub brush and a bucket (from the story) and this is set to go!

 

Between the oozing mud, getting to act out the story, and the foamy water, this was such an exciting sensory experience. Plus, the kiddos worked on fine motor skills trying to clean all of the farm animals.

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Bubble Wrap Sheep

Farm Fine Motor Activity

I’ve always been a huge advocate of my children learning their limits. I’ve never baby-proofed my home – no locks on cabinets, no baby gates, no putting away the fragile home decor. I simply taught my kids how to safely and properly accomplish things and respect our home. I know personality can definitely impact the level of these limits, but it’s never too early to start!

 

This leads me to our next activity: popping the bubble wrap on a sheep using a push pin. Using a push pin is a great way to start learning how to properly handle tools as the risks are fairly low.

 

First, I used the black & white printout from our Shear the Sheep game and laid some bubble wrap on top of the body. Then, we put the sheep on top of the carpet to start popping! My little one loved checking each bubble with her finger to make sure she popped it! Such a unique way to practice those fine motor skills!

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Build a Farm

Play Dough Invitation

Farm play dough invitation includes a tray set up with vegetable counters, farm animal counters, mini popsicle sticks, small cups, and playdough. Preschoolers created farms using the popsicle sticks as fences, and the cups as their barns.

Last, but certainly not least, I set out a playdough invitation to create a farm. Some of the materials I included were small red cups, mini popsicle sticks, vegetable counters, and farm animal counters. They used the red cups to build a barn and make baskets for collecting vegetables. The mini popsicle sticks were a hit for making fences for the animals and the garden. Such an effective and easy way to engage your little learners during a farm theme!

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I hope that some of these farm fine motor activities for preschoolers have inspired your next farm week! Fine motor skills are so important, so don’t forget to incorporate them whenever you can! If there is anything you need, just let me know and I’d be happy to help!

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