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Farm Math Ideas



Egg Carton Math

Explain to the children what a dozen is and discuss things sold by the dozen.
Then have each child bring in an empty egg carton and label the egg carton cups 1 - 12.
Pass out egg shapes with number words or pictures on them and have children
 put them in the correct cups. You may want to use plastic eggs with this activity.

Counting Eggs Match

Draw and cut out a dozen eggs on poster board. Eggs should be approximately six inches high.
 Next, cut the eggs in two in a zig-zag fashion, as if they've cracked. Paper clip the two egg halves
 together as you cut them out. On one half of each egg, write one of the numbers from 1 to 12.
 On the other half of each egg, draw the corresponding number of dots. Laminate them if possible
 for longevity. You are now ready to introduce the matching game to the children. Gather the
 children around you. Lay the cracked eggs out randomly. Ask the children, "When we count,
 what number do we begin with ? (one) Find the eggshell with the number one written on it."
Next, "Find the half egg with one dot." Show the children how the eggs fit together. Continue
with the number two, and so on. Discuss the meaning of one dozen.
Allow the children to work in pairs or as individuals with the game.

Nesting Hen

Place some plastic eggs under a pillow. Have each child take turns sitting on the
 pillow and guess how many eggs are under the pillow. Count the eggs with the children.

Whose Nest?

Cut five mother hen shapes, five nest shapes and fifteen egg shapes out of felt.
 Number the hens from 1 to 5. Glue a different number of eggs (from 1 to 5) on each
 nest shape. Place the nests and the mother hens on a flannel board. Let the children help the
 mother hens find their nests by counting the eggs and matching each hen to the appropriate nest.

A Dozen Eggs

Number twelve eggs or Ping Pong balls 1 through 12 with paint or a marking pen.
Have the child place the eggs in numerical order in an egg carton. To make the
 activity easier for younger children, write the appropriate numeral in the bottom of each
 section of the egg carton. Talk about the word "dozen." What other items are sold by the dozen?

Egg Toss

Number the sections of an egg carton with a marking pen. Choose the numbers 1 through 12,
 or any other numbers you wish to teach. If teaching very young children, use only a few numbers
 and repeat them two or three times. Pretend a Ping Pong ball is an egg. Ask the child to toss the egg
 into any section of the egg carton, and have the child call out the number of the section in which the egg lands.


Milk Venn Diagram

Make a Venn Diagram asking the question - Which do you like better: white milk
 or chocolate milk? Let kids drink dixie cup of each and put a pic of a die-cut white
 cow in white milk circle or brown cow in choc. milk circle to answer the question.


Measure Your Milk

Gather milk containers in the following sizes:  one cup, one quart, four quarts,
 two half gallons, one gallon.  Plastic containers will allow children to see th
e colored water as it is added one cup at a time to demonstrate the relationship
 between a cup, quart, half gallon, and gallon.  Set up this experiment outdoors.
  Help the children chart their findings and observations.


Counting Cows

Make a fence from tagboard using 10 squares measuring 6 x 6.
 Color fences on them, attach accordion style and label each with a #1
 through #10. Color spots on cows, one spot goes by the #1 fence, etc.


Milk Carton Match Up

Cut bottoms (2) of 1/2 gallon milk cartons. Using contact paper put pictures
 of farm animals on each of the four sides of one carton. In a different order,
 put copies of the first set of pictures on the other carton. Fasten at bottoms
 with brad fastener. Spin the two cartons to match animals.


Cow Counting

Make a construction paper cow for each child to color and cut out.
  Have the children clip their paper cows to a piece of  clothesline suspended
 between two chairs  using clothespins.  Then have the children observe
 the cows and count how many cows are in the herd.
  Teach the children the poem below. Clap to establish a rhythm.

I went to the market to buy some brown cows.
I looked at the chickens, I looked at the sows.
I looked at the piglets and almost forgot
Those brown spotted cows that needed to be bought!

Ask a child the following question" "How many cows are you going to buy?"
 This child can roll a dice and move that number of cows into a separate group
on the line.  Ask the question, "How many cows did you leave behind?"
 The children can count the number of cows that were not bought.
  Repeat the above cow jingle.  Continue until all the children have had a turn to buy cows.


Horse Measurement

Horses are measured with hands from the ground to the ridge between
 its shoulders called withers. Make a set of laminated kids hands
 that kids can use to measure each other and the things in the room.

Counting Sheep

Cut out a simple shape for a sheep.  Have the children decorate with cotton balls, black felt for ears,
 plastic jewels for eyes, and a cute blue or pink ribbon for its collar. Place all the lovely sheep on your wall
 and start a fun game of counting the sheep as you explain that people do this to help them fall asleep.


Counting Sheep II

Draw one to five circles onto green construction paper.  Encourage the children to take
 the sheep to pasture by matching plastic or cutout sheep to the circles on each paper.


Cotton Ball Counting

(Photo submitted by Nanette)

Print out numbered sheep or write your own numbers onto sheep patterns.  Encourage
 the children to place the corresponding  number of cotton balls onto each sheep.


Turkey Body

Cut five turkey body shapes out of brown felt and fifteen feather shapes out of red,
 yellow, and orange felt.  Number the turkey body shapes from 1 to 5 and put them on a flannel board.
 Place the feather shapes in a pile.  To play the game, have the children take turns selecting a turkey,
 identifying the number on it and  adding that many feathers to it. You could also do this in circle time
and have all the children work together to get the feathers on the turkeys.

Mr. Rooster Clock

Make a clock out of a paper plate.
On the back glue this rhyme

Mr. Rooster, please go back to bed
It's ____ o'clock and I'm a sleepyhead
Mr. Rooster, I am warning you

We change the time on the clock and sing it over and over and over.....


Graphing Animals

We take pictures of farm animals, zoo animals, and household pets.
We give each child a few in each category. We talk about what animals belong on a farm,
 in a zoo, or can be kept as pets in our home. We talk about why each animal belongs in
 each category. Sometimes we continue the lesson by then doing a class "graphing".
We take a random grouping of cards, and graph them under their category.
The students then talk about what group has more or less. Some years we do
 field trips to all three, a local farm, the zoo, and a vets office. Usually we do
 this assignment before one of these trips, sometimes we do it before more
than one to remind the kids what animals we can expect to see at our field trip.



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