In a farm theme there are so many great aspects you can teach kids about; plants, animals and machines just to name a few. From each of these topics you can dive even deeper into life on the farm or how farms produce food. This week we are featuring a list of books that would be a great companion with your next farm theme or lesson.
Books About Farms
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
Featured Farm Books
FIND ALL OF OUR FARM ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE LESSON PLANS
FOR HOME PRESCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS.
Farm by Elisha Cooper – Farm is a book full of details about animal, people, and all the other things that make a farm work. The illustrations are basic and do not have a lot of detail but are wonderfully done. This is a great book for readers of any age that would like to read more about how farms work told in a narrative way. We also featured an Elisha Cooper book on our Beach list.
On the Farm by David Elliott – On the Farm is a fun and colorful look at different animals from the farm. Each animal includes a short poem about them, “The goat eats everything from trash to trillium…” The illustrations are a perfect pairing with the verses and information; little readers will enjoy this book.
Jobs on a Farm (World of Farming) by Nancy Dickmann – Jobs on a Farm is one book in a series of books about farms. Each book includes simple text, information, and photographs to teach little ones about life on a farm. Other books in this series include: Food From Farms, Farm Animals, Farms Around the World, Farm Machines and Plants on a Farm.
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig – Farmyard Beat is a fun book that little ones will love to read. The book has its own beat and loveable tale as the farm animals kick up their hooves and feet at night. I love the creative illustrations and fun rhythm of the story.
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown – Big Red Barn is written by the author of Goodnight Moon, another great book. In this book, we see what life is like on a farm each day from the animals’ perspective. The author uses simple rhymes that show us what life might be like if we lived on a farm.
Go to Sleep, Little Farm by Mary Lyn Ray – Go to Sleep, Little Farm is a wonderful book to read at nighttime as your little one prepares to go to sleep. The book shows how different animals from around the farm prepare to go to bed each night, which is a unique look at farm life. The story is calm and soothing and will hopefully help your little one settle down too.
The Year At Maple Hill Farm by Alice Provensen – The Year at Maple Hill Farm looks at how the seasons affect the animals on the farm. In winter some animals stay in the barn and in the summer bugs show up. For little ones, this is a great book to use as they learn about changes in the season and how that affects animals. Learn more about the animals at Maple Hill Farm in Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm.
Funny Farm by Mark Teague – Funny Farm is, well a funny farm. Cousin Edward visits Hawthorn Farm for the first time and discovers a crazy, silly place. I love the illustrations, especially the cows and pigs playing at the beginning. This is a fun book for readers of all ages.
Color Farm by Lois Ehlert – Color Farm is a great combination of bright colors, shapes and farm animals. For little ones that are learning their colors and shapes, this is a great book to use. Older kids can use this book for inspirations to create their own animals out of shapes.
Find even more farm books in our simple farm sensory play activity.
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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This farm theme pack includes editable lesson plans and hands-on activities for a week full of math, reading, & science learning activities about farm animals and farms. It makes a great fall or spring theme for preschoolers. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Upper and Lowercase Barn and Animal Letter Matching Set
2) Barn and Animal Counting Activity (Numbers 0-35)
3) Duck Dice Game
4) Mud on the Pig Counting Game
5) Farm Animal Number Cards (Numbers 0-35)
6) Baby and Adult Farm Animal Matching Cards
7) On the Farm Homemade Book Template
8) Farm Rhyming Activity
9) Farm Sorting by Size Cards
10) Farm Picture Cards
11) Farm Word Cards
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