Visiting a farm is great fun for children, but even if you don’t have an opportunity to see farm animals up close, children will love playing and learning with the Wikki Stix farm activities. The activities below are designed for children ages 3-6, but older children will enjoy playing with Wikki Stix while learning about farm animals, too!
Farm Animal Bingo
There are two different ways you can play this bingo game.
Download the Farm Animal Bingo PDF Here
Prior to playing any of the versions below, cut out the animal picture cards on page 2 of the bingo file linked above. The children can also use scissors to cut individual Wikki Stix strands in half to be used during the game.
Laminate the playing cards and/or game board for durability if desired.
Farm Animal Bingo Version #1: Place all of the animal picture cards (face down) in a pile. Next, turn over one card at a time. The children can use Wikki Stix to cross off (make an X) each animal picture found on the bingo board. The game is over when one row (or the entire bingo board) is crossed off.
Farm Animal Bingo Version #2: An adult or older child selects one animal picture card without letting the children see what animal has been chosen. The adult (or older child) must then use descriptive words to describe which animal is being called. For example, “It has 4 legs, it is black and white, and it says ‘moo’.” Continue choosing and describing animals until all of the animals have been chosen and crossed off the bingo boards with Wikki Stix.
FENCED IN FARM ANIMALS
Simple activities for sorting and classifying various farm animals:
Small plastic farm animals
Prior to the sorting games: make several large circular (or rectangular) “fences” with Wikki Stix.
Give each child a variety of small farm animals and invite the children to sort each different kind of farm animal into one of the Wikki Stix fences (see photo above).
Extension idea #1: To incorporate colors into the sorting activity, call out a specific colored fence and invite the children to sort into that Wikki Stix circle. For example: “Let’s put all of the horses into the BLUE Wikki Stix fence!”
Extension idea #2: For older children who are beginning to read, label each of the fences with a farm animal’s name. Wikki Stix is great for making letters and words, too! Children must then sort the animals into the corresponding labeled Wikki Stix fence.
Extension idea #3: Use this activity to work on positional words. Have the children take turns calling out where the others should place the animals. For example: “Place the ducks ON TOP of the red Wikki Stix fence!” Other positional words to try: inside, outside, next to, beside, around, and in between.
1 large uncoated paper plate
1 small uncoated paper plate
Pink/Black Wikki Stix
Give each child one large paper plate and one small paper plate. Invite the children to wrap pink Wikki Stix across the bottom half of the SMALL paper plate. When finished wrapping, place the small plate on top of the large plate and position near the bottom. The Wikki Stix (from wrapping the small plate) will adhere to the large plate without the need for glue or tape. The children can make the facial features/ears with black and pink Wikki Stix (see photo above). The spots for the cow can be made with black Wikki Stix. Cow’s spots are unique; any Wikki Stix design will make great markings for the paper plate cow craft!
When the children are finished, hole punch the top of the large paper plate and thread a strand of Wikki Stix through the hole for hanging. The cows make great fall displays at home or in the classroom!
2 LEGS or 4 LEGS – How many legs do various farm animals have?
Small farm animals
Pictures of animals commonly found on a farm (use old magazines or clip art pictures)
Explore various farm animals with the children. Look in books or magazines to find pictures to show the children animals they might see on a farm (examples: cow, duck, dogs, sheep, turkey, chicken, horse, pig, rooster, goat, etc.).
Give each child a sheet of paper and Wikki Stix. Have the children put one Wikki Stix strand vertically down the middle of the paper to divide the paper into 2 sections. The second strand of Wikki Stix should be placed horizontally across the paper (near the top). Invite the children to create the number 2 with Wikki Stix and place it on the left side of the paper. The number 4 should be placed on the right side (see photo above). Older children may wish to practice writing with Wikki Stix!
The children can count the number of legs on the farm animals and place each animal under the corresponding numbered column. The children might also wish to tear pictures from old magazines to use. Wikki Stix can also be used to adhere the magazine (or clip art) pictures to the paper.
Extension: How many legs would the FARMER have? Discuss other animals the children and how many legs each animal has.
Learning about the farm offers great opportunities for creative and playful learning. Using Wikki Stix to play will provide an extra tactile layer to encourage developing skills!
ADDITIONAL FALL PLAYFUL LEARNING RESOURCES:
APPLE TREE CRAFTS
5 LITTLE PUMPKINSand PUMPKIN ACTIVITIES
TRACTOR CRAFT and HARVEST CORN MAZE
PUMPKIN ESTIMATION: A FREE LESSON PLAN
SCARECROW FREE LESSON PLAN