Theatre in a Barn

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Book: 

Farm Animals by Nancy Dickman – “Farm Animals” was a great read especially since we could review all the animals we had visited from our farm visit.  We looked through and named the animals in the book repeatedly.

Activity:

1. Matching Animals – This activity is inspired by a Montessori activity I had seen on Pinterest. I snapped photos of 8 of the plastic farm animals we have been using this week. I then gave R two animals and two picture cards at a time for matching. I defined the play space using a mirror so she knew to work in this area. She did well with two animals at a time but found it difficult when I tried four animals at a time.

Extension Activities:
a. Make this activity more difficult by increasing the number of animals on the board for matching.
b. Ask the child to match a specific animal and see if s/he can locate and match the animal correctly.

2. Barn Puppet Theatre – I made a barn out of cardboard and painted animals onto popsicle sticks for an invitation to play. My intention with this was to have R play imaginatively. She did just that, but not in the way I had expected. She hid the animals in the barn by popping them through the barn door or windows and then would lift the barn up and say, “pee-pee” (peek-a-boo). She did not want to stop this activity!!

Extension Activities:
a. Construct the barn with your child or have them make it alone. Add more sections and build a complete farm.
b. Have your child make their own farm animals on popsicle sticks.

 

3. Bunny Ears – Finally, I had wanted R to help me make an Easter hat by learning to use a glue stick. She was too tired from all the day’s activities that I didn’t push her to do it. Instead I made the hat for her and let her do with it as she pleased.

Check out the rest of the Farm Animal Theme:
1. Hands-On Farmville
2. Textured Dough and Stick Bunnies
3. Good Old MacDonald and Rubber Utters
4. Jelly-ed Animals
5. Theatre in a Barn

4 thoughts on “Theatre in a Barn

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