Please tell me that I am not the only person in the world who just has to point out every farm animal that they drive by… Driving down the road- Ohh, cows! Hey, do you see the sheep? Those goats are so cute!
Never mind the fact that I live in Iowa and seeing farm animals is a near daily occurrence for us since we drive by several farms on the way to our house. I just can’t resist.
And my youngest daughter gets so thrilled to see them every.single.time. This free printable farm animal hide and seek game for preschool is a great way to work on learning the names of farm animals, because no matter how badly they stink, everyone loves seeing those cows and pigs and sheep. Our newest preschool activity is a great way to work on vocabulary with toddlers and preschoolers, while enjoying a fun game for your farm animal theme.
Farm Animal Activities for Preschoolers
Whether you live right on the edge of farm land like us or live in an urban area, it’s important for young children to learn about farm animals and the part that they play in our lives.
On the farm we’re taught at a young age about the way life works. Seeing animals being born, raise their young, providing milk, and then eventually providing food. It’s a very natural process when you live on a farm.
But when you don’t live on a farm it can be hard for preschoolers to understand where their food comes from. I’ve even met kids who have never seen a cow in person in their entire life. These are the kind of kids who have the potential to grow up thinking that their food is manufactured in some magic lab rather than grown on a farm.
As you are learning about farm animals through conversation, books and activities, you can discuss the ways that farms provide for us in age appropriate ways.
Engaging Preschool Farm Game
This free printable preschool farm game is a fun way to engage with kids and teach them about different animals.
There are the very familiar animals like cows, horses and pigs, but there are also pictures included for a hen, chick and rooster which create a great opportunity to explain that they are all different kinds of chickens.
This can lead to a conversation about the different names that we have for adult animals and baby animals.
Of course, one of the best ways to learn about farm animals is to be able to visit a farm, but that isn’t always feasible with your preschool class.
It would be a great idea to contact a local farm and have them do a video chat tour of their farm if you can’t get to a farm yourself.
You can also find some awesome videos on YouTube that can show kids the different animals that live in the forest.
And there is always Milo and Otis…lol!
Farm Animal Game for Preschool
This Hide and Seek Farm Animal game for preschool is super easy to set up and the kids simply LOVE it!
To prepare the farm animal game, print the version you prefer to use. You can choose from the color farm animal game or the black and white version.
I, personally, use HP Instant Ink, so I print EVERYTHING in color. I love the fact that it doesn’t cost me any extra to print all of my preschool activities in color. And I love that HP Instant Ink saves me a ton of money on printing.
Once you have printed your game, grab a table top pocket chart and place the pictures of the farm animals into the pocket chart.
While the kids have their eyes covered, hide the picture of the barn behind one of the farm animals.
Then, have a blast while the kids work on identifying farm animals while guessing where the barn is hidden.
My kids love taking turns hiding the barn!
More ways to learn about farm animals
There are so many ways to extend your preschoolers’ learning about farm animals.
Baby Sensory Crinkle & Teething Square Lovey Toy with Closed Ribbon Tags for Increased Stimulation: 8Edushape My Soft World Farm Block Set, 29 PieceMelissa & Doug Pop Blocs Farm Animals Educational Baby Toy – 10 Linkable PiecesNoisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)ALEX Toys Little Hands String A Farm
I display various items around the room that fit our theme to allow for independent exploration.
Sometimes when we have the same toys and books on display for a long time the kids can become ‘blind’ to them and not even notice they are there.
That’s why kids end up playing with the same 2 toys despite having access to 20.
I like to display books, sensory bins and manipulatives for pretend play throughout the room when we are doing a new theme.
Night Night FarmMrs. Wishy-Washy’s FarmRight This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farmingNoisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)Cows Can Moo! Can You?: All About Farms (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)Melissa & Doug Children’s Book – Poke-A-Dot: Old Macdonald’S Farm (Board Book with Buttons To Pop)Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type