35 Fun Farm Activities for the Classroom


Inside: 35+ engaging farm activities for preschool and kindergarten. Find literacy activities, farm crafts, dramatic play ideas, STEM related activities, and real world experiences to help you plan the best farm unit ever!

It’s important for preschoolers and kindergartners to learn about the world around them, and part of that world is agriculture. Farmers have a massive impact on our lives—from the food we eat to the natural environment we live in.

If you’re looking for a specific type of farm resource for your class you can click the link below to jump right to it:

Farm Crafts

Crafts bring your unit’s theme together with fine motor skills, plus you can get students talking about their work to expand their verbal skills.

chicken craft

Try our cute story-inspired chicken craft (above), our shear-a-sheep craft (below) to get started.

shorn sheep craft

Then, check out some of the other fun farm crafts I found for you:

collage of farm crafts for kids

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When you’re done crafting, look at photos of real farms, and help the children find the differences between their crafts and the real deal. (Of course, make sure to do this in a way that still makes them feel proud of their artwork!)

Farm Themed Literacy Activities

Make your early literacy activities feel more relevant by incorporating them into your farm unit with some of these engaging resources.

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Dramatic Play Farm Activities

Your students will love it if you set up a farm theme dramatic play area in your classroom. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

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Sensory Play

Even your youngest farmers can get in on the fun and learning with these farm themed sensory play and small world ideas:

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STEM

Weave science, technology, engineering, and math into your farm unit with some of these activities:

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Read About Farm Activities

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Let storytime help you teach! Here are a handful of great books about farming.

Gail Gibbons’ book on farming is newly updated, and is a thorough and interesting introduction for young children.

I adore Before We Eat: From Farm to Table for its simple rhyming text and grateful message. This one is a Must Share!

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is another sweet and simple introduction to farm life, with a focus on the barn and its residents.

Finally, you might like the Farm theme personalized emergent readers in my store. You type student names once, and they ‘magically’ fill in on every page of the book. Children love seeing their names in their own little books!

Circle Time Farm Songs

If you want songs beyond “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “The Farmer in the Dell”, here are a few more ideas for you.

First, Nancy Kopman’s cute song “Animal Farm” will work if you’re teaching virtually as well as in person.

Here are links to a few more songs that you might like to sing with your class:

Real World Farm Experiences

Finally, if you can manage it, authentic activities will really make your farm theme or unit memorable and meaningful.

Learning about farmers and the work they do means learning about nature, the community, and the natural processes of life. Here are a few ways to teach kids about farm activities right in your classroom.

girl holding chick

Learn from the Experts

One of the best ways to learn is to hear from an expert. Take a field trip to a local farm, or invite a farmer to come speak to your classroom. Your students will get the chance to ask all of their questions and hear answers from someone who does this for a living.

Try to hear from different kinds of farmers as well. Someone who raises livestock and someone who owns large crop fields will have different experiences to share.

Where do you find a farmer? Start with your network. Does someone have a friend or family member who might like to visit? What about a friendly seller from your local farmer’s market?

If you strike out, you could also reach out to your county agricultural extension or local 4-H organization.

strawberry plant in green container
Image by TotumRevolutum from Pixabay

Start a Garden

Nothing beats hands-on experience, and starting a mini garden in your classroom is a simple project that everyone can enjoy. Take turns watering and checking on the plants, or give everyone their own mini pot to care for throughout the project. This is a great way to learn about the basics of what plants need to live, and your kids will get to watch as the fruits of their labors grow. To get the full farming experience, grow simple herbs or other edible plants that your students can taste once they finish growing.  

Keep a Class Pet

Class pets are a great way to teach responsibility, but they’re also one of the most popular ways to educate kids about agriculture. You can buy chicken eggs and have your kids observe them in the incubator, as they hatch, and during their first few weeks of life.

2 baby chicks
Image by Colleen McGarry from Pixabay

Incubators are a good type of item to get donated, either from your PTA, a small group of parents, or an organization like DonorsChoose. They can be used year after year to teach your students about raising animals and the specific things they need to survive.

Plus, everyone in your class will immediately fall in love with their new feathery friends. Just make sure to do your research and have a home prepared for your chicks once they outgrow your classroom.

As your students learn about the world of farming, you’re building background knowledge for future reading comprehension, providing introductory science lessons, and more. A farm theme may seem cute (and it is!), but remember that it’s important too.

Happy Teaching,

Heather

This was the original image for this post. As you can see I’ve updated it quite a lot!

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