Crystal and I wanted to highlight a day in the life of a farmer to honor all the farmers out there by getting the kids involved and hopefully they will ask some questions along the way. Now, each farmer has a different "schedule." Some have livestock and others don't. Some have crops and others don't, but they all have one thing in common: they work hard to provide food for the world! I put together this felt book for my 2 year old daughter Jo, with the help of my older daughters. While it was meant for Jo, the older two have enjoyed playing with it too.
A cereal box
Felt in various colors. (I used: brown, green, light blue, blue, red, black, yellow, and white.)
2 pipe cleaners
Clip Art Printables
First, print the farm printables. I have added the link to the clip art that I have provided, but you are welcome to make your own.
Then cut two rectangles from a cereal box and coat each side with glue...
Once you printed the clip art, cut them out and glue them to the desired felt color. Jo even got in on this part of the action;)..
Allow them to dry and then cut them out leaving a bit of a border...
Now, for the fun. The kids can start making all the different types of scenes. (Note: the black and white hay bale is supposed to be green. I had trouble finding hay...everything was yellow which is straw. Cattle lay on straw (yellow) and eat hay (green), so your little one will have to color it green.)
I also cut out some brown felt for dirt, green felt for grass, or a hay field, and white felt for snow.
Since we are a beef and crop farm, that is what I included for my book, but this project is so versatile that you can easily add pigs, chickens, whatever the kids want.
Here are some other examples of the farm scenes my kids created.
Planting while the sun shines...
All plants need water to grow!...
And finally snow. Farmers don't quit working because of the snow or cold. In fact, their work probably doubles in this type of weather. The calves still have to eat. The farmers work hard 365 days a year to make sure the livestock have feed and water and fresh warm straw to lay on.