Preschool activities: Farm theme
Letters and reading
We used the letter matching printables from my Farm Printable pack. Y focused a lot on this one, as well. We got rusty with Russian letter sounds and letter recognition whilst I was in the hospital/rehabilitation centre so this review was necessary. We’ll be working a lot on letters this academic year!
Placing the ‘feet’ on pigs using clothes pins. This is a great way to practice fine motor skills and pincer grasp!
Y adored this one! We had a sort of cow milking activity using a glove and water. Y thought this was incredibly funny and had a blast with it! I gave him a cloth for spills, a bucket, and a rubber glove filled with water. I pricked holes in the gloves for him using a push pin and he squeezed the water out.
We have a ‘cheese farmer’ in the village here. He gets cheese from farms around the area and then sells them door to door. The cheese is pretty fantastic and is packed full of all sorts of delicious flavours! Below, we sampled spicy cheese, goats cheese, and pesto cheese! Y devoured them all.
FYI – here in the Netherlands, folks are generally obsessed with their cheese. When I lived in the United States, I avoided it as I had very serious stomach aches from all US dairy and didn’t enjoy the taste, but once I moved here and realised just how many different flavours and types of cheese there are, my mind was blown!
We are so blessed to have so much land at our house where we plan to have a rather large vegetable garden. For now, we are still at my in law’s house, who also love gardening. Y got to harvest some beautiful yellow tomatoes and blackberries! It was perfect with our theme and just a generally nice thing to do.
He also weighed his bounty before digging in and devouring all of the blackberries. He left the tomatoes for the others because he refuses to eat tomatoes.
It doesn’t get more practical than a shot (or ten) of Y cleaning up milk he spilled after pouring himself a cup. We keep the milk within his reach in the refridgerator, along with cups in a cupboard where he can access them. When he’s thirsty, he can simply gather the items he needs and pour himself a cup.
And yep, he’s 3 and still spills milk at times. Honestly, I’m a lot older and still spill. As for Y, he can also access the towels easily and cleans up his spills on his own.
See! A well deserved drink after the hard work of cleaning the table and his cup. I really love that he has such a desire to keep things tidy and clean up after himself. I attribute a lot of this to Montessori but I do think he’s just a tidy person.
Story time: My husband is a wonderful man but I am constantly placing his dirty wash in the hamper and picking it up off of the floor. Ever since we moved in, this has generally been the swing of things.
Y however, always places his wash in the basket. Always. His future spouse can thank me because seriously I’m pretty sure than even when I’m 80, I’ll still be placing dirty socks in the wash basket. Although if that’s the worst problem the Hubby and I have, I’m happy to put up with it.
Back to practical life – he spooned sheep’s wool (cotton balls).
Eggshell crushing – which is also an ingredient in the feed for my mother in law’s chickens. So Y actually used the shells to make chicken feed and then gave it to the chickens. I also wrote about this in our September practical life trays post.
Y was seriously mystified by this and studied the corn very carefully!
- 1 glass jar that can hold everything
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1.5-2 cups water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup corn kernels
I presented the water in the glass jar and had Y add all of the remaining ingredients. The baking soda was last to be added and then Y closed the lid on the jar.
The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar was made the corn move up and down in the jar.
We also had a fun volume experiment. I presented Y with a cup full of milk and a cup full of popcorn. Y added the popcorn to the milk to see if it would overflow!
The milk did not overflow once the popcorn was added! We stopped our work there, but you could continue this experiment with other products like bread, apples, whatever you may have on hand!