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Farm Arts & Crafts Ideas


Hey Diddle Diddle

(Photo submitted by Nanette)

To create the moon, have each child paint a paper plate with yellow paint.
While that is drying, have children color a cow pattern.
Once the paint is dry, children can glue their cow and a print out of the Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme to their moon.


Tractor Shape Art

Use pre cut shapes or have children cut out two circle wheels, one rectangle,
 one square and one triangle for the tractor. Primary colors look best or you can use
 black for the wheels. This is a great activity to work on the name of shapes and colors!



Create a barn from a large appliance box! To begin, cut a door, windows,
and a hayloft opening in the box.  Paint and decorate the box to resemble a barn. 
 To add to the fun, provide toy farm animals, riding toy tractors, toy trucks, etc.


Sponge Paint Chicks

Cut small and large sponge circles and orange and black construction paper
 scraps.  On white paper, have the  children sponge paint a large circle.
 Above this circle the have them sponge paint a smaller circle.
 After the paint dries, add eyes, beak and other features with
construction paper scraps. Cut out the yellow chicks if desired.

Pom Pom Chicks

Have each child create a yellow chick by gluing together two yellow pom poms
 or cotton balls and then add wiggly eyes and a construction paper beak.  

Chicken Feathers

Ran off copies of chickens on construction paper.
Encourage the children to cut them out and glue feathers on.

Milk Jug Chicks

Cut the spout off a gallon-sized yellow milk jug, leaving the handle in tact.
  Glue on two large wiggle eyes, as well as wings, feet, and a beak cut from orange felt. 
 Add a dab of glue and  a couple of orange craft feathers  to finish off this charming chick.


Which Came First - The Chicken or the Egg?

An age old question leads to a delightful art project.  Let the children choose what they
 want to make first...the chicken or the egg.  To make the chicken, encourage the
children to draw two circles, one for the head and one for the body.  Add a beak, an
 eye and a wing.  You may want to use colored construction paper and cut and paste,
 or you may decide to use white paper and crayons or markers.  There is no need to
 make feet because the chicken will be in the egg.  To make the egg, encourage
 the children to draw a very large egg shape.  Make sure the egg is bigger than the chicken.
  Draw a zig zag "crack" line across the middle of the egg.  Decorate the egg with markers or crayons.


Baby Chicks

Give each child one egg cup cut from an egg carton and two cotton balls. 
Put a mixture of baby powder and yellow powdered tempera paint into a plastic bag. 
 Allow each child to place two cotton balls in the baggie and shake for a minute or two. 
Then carefully take them out of the baggie, and gently tap the extra powder off. 
Have your child glue their cotton balls in their egg cups, one on top of the other then let
them add a orange construction paper beak, and wiggly or black construction paper eyes.


Rooster Mask

(Photo submitted by Tricia)

I used disposable dust/face mask to make roosters.
You will have to forgive my description...I cannot figure out a way to word what we did to
 make it easy for you to understand. I attached a photo though. We cut long diamonds
 for the beaks and placed them in the little metal nose clip thingy. Then we cut a small
 slit on the top and put the roosters comb in it and taped to the inside so it would stand up.
Then the kids placed two hole reinforcements on for eyes and a long piece of red paper
 to the strap for the neck. Once completed, the kids wore them on their heads.


Cows Eat Grass 

Cut out cow shapes. Explain to the children  that cows like to eat grass.
Go outside and have your kids pick some blades of  grass.
Have them glue the cows, and the blades of grass onto a piece of blue paper.
Have available bingo dabbers for them to paint spots on their cows if they desire.


Spotted Cows

Ahead of time, cut sponges into chunks. Clip each chunk into a spring-type clothespin.
 Pour Black paint into shallow dishes. Paint cow spots on large sheets of paper.


Jersey Cows

Large paper cow shapes, black tissue paper cut into rounded edge shapes,
 watered-down glue, sponge brushes.  Children attach the black tissue paper
 onto the cow shape by wetting with the glue solution on the sponge brush.


Condensed Milk Painting

Add a few drops of food coloring into shallow bowls of sweetened condensed
milk and let children paint with Q-Tips.  It will dry vibrant and shiny!
Allow several days for the paint to dry.


Utter Painting

Beforehand, make a cow using a sawhorse, fabric, duct tape and newspaper.
  Throw a large pc. of "cow colored" fabric over the sawhorse for the cow's body,
 then form the cows head using the duct tape and newspaper. You can either paint it
 or attach more fabric to the head.  Once the cow is complete, you will need a latex glove
 with tiny holes in each finger of the glove.  Attach the glove to one of the side
 bars of the saw horse and let the children "milk the cow" with a sheet of
 construction paper below to create an utter painting.


Paper Plate Cows

Sponge paint black spots onto the paper plate. Add
 construction paper ears, nose, and mouth, and eyes ( or wiggly eyes).


Cow Pictures

Make cow profiles and cut out for each child.
 Let them sponge the black spots on the cows. Then decorate the faces.


Farm Animal Puppets

For our farm unit I have the children make masks out of paper plates.
 We paint the plates and add ears and mouths, then cut out the eyes.
 For example ...
THE HORSE:  would be a brown plate with brown construction paper ears and
 some yarn on top for the mane and you can even use some paper to make
 a mouth that sticks out and add teeth.

THE PIG: would be a pink plate, pink ears, egg carton section for nose.

THE COW: would be a white plate with black sponge
 paint spots and  black construction paper ears.

THE DUCK: would be a yellow plate, add some feathers etc.

When we are done decorating we hot glue a tongue depressor to the bottom.
 We then sing Old McDonald and each animal stands up when we sing about them.


Blue Ribbon Cows

Provide each child with a poster board cow, crayons, markers, and scissors.
  Have children decorate and cut out their cow patterns.  Then cut out
 a blue construction paper ribbon to attach to each child's cow.


Cow Sock Puppet

Each child will need a clean tube sock, markers, glue, scissors, an oval felt muzzle,
two horns, and two ears to make a cow sock puppet.  Help each child glue the felt
 muzzle, horns, and ears to the sock.  Have children add eyes and spots with a maker.


Duck Pond

Paint a paper plate blue for the pond.  Decorate a small duck outline with
pieces of yellow tissue paper. Glue onto a popsicle stick. Cut a slit in the
plate bottom.  Insert duck.  You can decorate the plate with green crinkle
paper grass, small flowers for lilly pads, etc.


Feather Painting

Use feathers to paint a duck picture or duck cut-out.


Feathered Duck

Easel paint a duck shape yellow and glue on yellow or white feathers. Ask the child the
 name of the duck and any other desired information, and dictate word for word onto the paper.


Hands & Foot Duck

Use cut-outs of children's hands and one foot to make a duck.
  Hands=wings, foot=body.  Add beak, webbed feet, and eyes.



Duck Finger Puppet

For each child cut out a duck finger puppet shape.  Cut along the dotted lines
 and fold back the tabs to make wings. Cut eye shapes out of black construction
 paper or use wiggly eyes and cut bill shapes out of orange construction paper.
  Let the children glue the eyes and bills on their duck puppets.
  Then bend and tape the tabs together on each child's puppet to complete.


Thumbprint Duck

I printed out a shape of a duck.  They thumb printed the beak and the feet
then they glue white feathers on the body  then a black button for the eye


Duck Sock Puppet

Each child will need a clean tube sock, markers, glue, scissors, and an orange felt
 duck bill to make a duck sock puppet.  Help each child glue the felt bill to the sock.
  Have children add eyes and nostrils with a marker.


My Very Own Duck

Invite the children to draw a simple picture of a duck.
  Help the children make up a name for their ducks, such as Ducky Douglas.


Ducks On A Pond

Provide each child with a sheet of green construction paper, a blue construction paper
 pond cutout, duck, and duckling patterns, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue.
  Have children color, cut out, and glue the pond patterns to a sheet of green construction
 paper.  Cut and fold yellow or white construction paper rectangles in half to form tents.
  Have each child glue a duck or duckling pattern to a tent with the fold at the top.
 Help children cut out their ducks to place on their ponds.


Horsing Around

Have a hankering for some horseplay? Then make your own stick horses for frolicking
 around the farmstead. To make one stick, roll a sheet of newspaper diagonally; then
 tape it together. For the horse's head, cut two horse-head shapes from heavy tagboard.
 (Use a favorite pattern, if desired) Place the two heads back to back. Then insert the
 newspaper stick between the two heads and staple them together. Invite youngsters
 to paint their sticks and color the faces on their horse heads. Then get ready to ride!

Variation: Make simple hobby horses by stuffing any kind of socks (except tube socks)
with cloth or newspaper and fastening them around the ends of a yardstick with rubber bands.
 If desired, sew on button eyes and glue on yarn hair.
 Let the children ride the hobby horses outside or around the room.

Mini Stick Horses

One old sock per child. Yarn for mane. Felt for features. 12 inch sticks. Paper Towels. Let each
 child stuff its sock with paper towels. Then decorate. Insert stick fasten with yarn or rubber band.

Pinecone Pony

To make the pony's body. glue the ends of four straight twig legs to a medium-size pinecone.
 For a head and neck, glue a small pinecone to the end of a pine needle-covered twig and trim
 the needles to create a spiky mane. Then, glue the base of the neck to the body.
 Lastly, glue a thick bunch of pine needles to the back of the body for a flowing tail.

My Horses Mane

Draw a profile of the face & neck of a horse. Let the
 children color and glue on yarn hair to the mane.

Horseshoe Prints

Cut sponges in the shape of horseshoes and encourage
 the children to sponge paint horseshoes all over their paper.

Horse Finger Puppet

Make hole large enough for a finger in the side of paper or Styrofoam cup. Lay cup on side with
 hole down. Glue on construction paper ears, ribbon bridle, felt-tip marker for eyes, nose, mouth.

Paper Bag Horse Puppets

Materials Needed:
A simple-to-cut large horse head
Small brown paper bags
Water colors or crayons

Children water paint the horse head brown, cut out and glue to the bottom of the paper bag.


Galloping Paint

Allow the plastic horses to gallop through paint and across the paper.


Hand Horses

Materials Needed:
Brown paint, paper, brown marker

Take brown paint and paint a child's hand. Then press the hand down on paper
 and with fingers pointing down. The fingers are the legs and the thumb is the head.
 Draw the mane and hooves and eyes and tail and you have handprint horses.
You can also use yarn for the mane and tail... glue on after painting has dried.


Horse Tails

Tie several strands of course hair (horse hair if you can get it) onto a 
craft stick.  Encourage the children to experiment with this as a paintbrush.


Horseshoe Sponge Printing

Cut horseshoe shapes from sponges.  Allow the children to dip sponges in the colors of paint they
 choose.  Encourage the children to print the horseshoe several times to make patterns or designs. 


Paper Plate Pig Faces

Have the children paint a paper plate pink and let dry. Once it is completely dry,
have the children glue on eyes, pink cupcake liner for nose and cut pink
construction paper ears. A mouth can be drawn with a marker.

Muddy Pigs

Cut out a good pig pattern.  Let the children paint the pigs pink.  Once the pink
 paint has dried, let them finger paint brown "mud" paint onto the pig's body.

Variation:  Instead of using brown tempera paint for the "mud",
 let your children finger paint with chocolate pudding.  YUMMMMM!

Variation: Run off copies of a pig on to large pink construction paper, and you or the kids
 (if they can), cut them out. Give each child a small cup of shaving cream, add a few drops
 of brown paint and let them mix it up. Then have them paint their pink pig with "mud".


Thumb Print Piggies

Have children put pink thumbprints on a piece of
construction paper and make the prints into pigs.


Cotton Ball Sheep

(Photo submitted by Nanette)

Find a good sheep pattern and copy the pattern on heavy paper.
Have the children practice their cutting skills by cutting out sheep.
Color sheep gray if desired. When finished, let the children
 glue cotton balls to the body of the sheep.


Handprint Sheep

Trace each child's handprint onto black paper with a white piece of chalk.
 Cut out handprint.  Fingers make the legs &  thumb makes the neck and face.
Then cover the body with cotton balls.


Sheep Ears

Cut two black floppy ears from construction paper.
Measure the child's head for a headband made from white paper.
Have the children decorate the head band with cotton balls and glue.
Next attach the black floppy ears.


Little Lamb

Glue Small plastic cup, a L'eggs panty hose egg, or a plastic deli container Large bag cotton balls,
 Four miniature spring-action clothespins, Paintbrush and white paint, Black marker Black
 pom-pom (available at craft stores) Black felt, and wiggly eyes. Spread glue all over the cup and cover
 it with a coat of cotton balls. Paint four clothespins white and color the bottom tips (the part you squeeze)
 with black marker. Clip clothespins at even intervals around the bottom of the cup to form legs.
 Glue a black pom-pom into position as the head, then glue on two ears cut from black felt.
 Attach wiggly eyes to the head--and don't forget to add one last cotton ball as a fluffy tail.


Sheep Sock Puppet

Give each child a clean tube sock, markers, cotton balls, glue, scissors,
 and two felt oval ears to make a sheep sock puppet.  Have each child glue the felt ears
 and cotton balls to the sock.  Have the children add the eyes and a muzzle with a marker.


Woolly Lambs

Cut 6" ovals out of poster board for body, then a 2" for head.
 Encourage the children to glue head on to body. Next, have the children glue cotton
 balls on to the lamb. Then, glue wiggly eyes on and put clothes pins on for legs.
 They should be able to stand up on their own.


Baa Baa Black Sheep Puppets

Give each child a cutout of a sheep. Give them cotton balls and glue.  Show them how to pull
 the cotton balls apart and glue them to the sheep. Give them a craft eye or button to glue on also.
 You could also color the cotton balls with black tempera paint before hand and glue finished
 sheep to popsicle stick to use while singing baa baa black sheep.


Oatmeal Wool Sheep

Use a cutout of a sheep and glue onto a paper plate. Spread glue onto
 the sheep's body and let the children put on the "wool" using dry oatmeal.


Black Sheep / Striped Sheep

(Photo submitted by Nanette)

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, Baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir - three bags full:
One for the master, one for the dame,
And one for the little boy that lives down the lane.

Baa, Baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir - three bags full.

Baa, Baa, Striped Sheep

Baa, Baa, striped sheep, have you any wool?
 No sir, no sir - No bags full:
None for the master, none for the dame,
And none for the little boy that lives down the lane.

Striped sheep, why sheep, have you no more wool?
Oh sir, because sir - *pause* I'm a zebra!


Magnetic Lamb

Paint elbow pasta white, I put paint into a plastic cool whip container and add two or
 three handfuls so pasta and paint and have the children shake until the past is covered.

Cut a three inch circle from heavy cardboard/ poster board and 1  1/2
 inch circle from black foam or black poster board , for the head.

Glue pasta on white circle, glue black circle to the body and glue white cotton balls
 on top of the heard , glue on eyes ears and feet out of felt or any other black material.
 Place a magnetic strip on the back and your lamb is complete.


Collage Lamb

You could make lambs out of black construction paper and a variety of different white
 textured materials. Trace a basic lamb shape onto black paper with crayon
 or chalk and have the children cut them out and glue white material to them


Popcorn Sheep

Draw a picture of a sheep. Pop popcorn in front of the children and then they can glue it onto the sheep.


Chenille Wire Lambs

You can make a very simple lamb using a piece of white chenille wire and cotton batting.
  From a roll of cotton batting about 3 inches in length and 1 1/2 inches thick.
  Twist half of the wire around the roll, about 3/4 inch from one end to make the head and front legs.
  Twist the other half of the wire around the other end of the roll of cotton about 1/2 inch from the end
 to form the back legs. Pinch and roll tiny bits of cotton to form two ears and the tail.
  Eyes and nose may be drawn onto the cotton with a black felt tip marker.


Black Sheep

Cut out sheep designs out of white construction paper.
  Let your children glue black yarn onto the paper or let them use a black crayon to color the sheep.


Sheep Sheared Before and After Photo

Materials Needed:
Black paper, 
folded in half, 
chalk or white crayon, 
cotton and some glue

Cut out sheep shapes out of folded paper (like a card).
 Have the children color the inside of the card with the chalk/crayon. Label this side AFTER.
On front of the card, have the children glue the cotton to the sheep. Label this side BEFORE.


Corn Cob Printing

 Let your children use a clean, stripped, dried corn cob
 as a brush or roll the cob in paint and onto a piece of paper.


Corn Cob Picture

We eat lots of corn on the cob during the summer months. I also freeze a lot.
 One great thing I do is save my cobs. I let them get very dry after I cut all the
 kernels off the cob. We use these during class time to roll in paint and to paint with.
 We also make a corn cob picture. We glue our cobs to a sheet of paper, let it dry.
We then use popcorn and glue it to our cob. We add green construction paper as the
 corn husks and sometimes yarn as the silk. We have even popped some
 of the popcorn and let the children glue it around their finished corn cob.


Farm Prints

Use farm shaped sponges to create a farm scene, have the child try to tell you what each sponge is
 and where it should go in the farm picture. Use real grass for tactile stimulation and creativity, if desired.

Farm Collage

Depending on the ages of the children, have them cut out pictures from magazines or have
 them already cut out for them. Find pictures that would go with farms like barns, animals,
 etc. Have the children glue the pictures they choose on a piece of construction paper to make a barn
 scene. Have them use markers or crayons to add things they would like that there was not a picture for.


Farm Animal Puppets

Cut large pictures of different farm animals from magazines.
  Cover with clear contact paper.  Attach craft sticks.


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