|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Children sing a song about an aspect of farming or farm animals. They explore the character or events in the song through props or pictures to learn more about farms. Many children would not have visited a farm but they are starting to encounter them in books and through television. Traditional songs are very familiar to young children and by using those we can teach them more detail about what happens on a farm.
- Animal laminates (optional)
- Animal props (optional)
- Up to six weeks
How it works
This activity is about singing one of the many songs in our repertoire that is about some aspect of farming or farm animals. Whichever song is chosen, try to bring the song to life more by introducing it and explaining what it is going to be about. Perhaps draw out of your discover box toy versions of what you are going to sing about (e.g. a scarecrow, chicken, cow, horse, sheep, pig, dog etc) and show them whilst singing. At the end you could talk about the animals, asking where it lives or what sound it makes.
What to do in the class
Suitable songs to choose from:
- Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
- Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow
- Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken
- Old MacDonald
- I Went to Visit a Farm One Day
- Baa Baa Black Sheep
Adaptation for older/younger children
For younger children, it helps to use animal picture or props to illustrate the song. Older children enjoy the use of imagination to set the scene, for instance in I went to visit a farm, you can talk about putting wellies on and driving the tractor to the next field etc.
What to do in a nursery setting
Adapt the choreography slightly if space is short. For example, march on the spot instead of around the room.