What a unit! There are so many great farm themed activities for preschoolers and so many different ways to bring the farm right into our lessons. Learning about the farm is one of our favorite learning themes. Today I’m sharing 15 of my favorite farm theme printables!
Fall is the perfect time for a farm theme unit in preschool. What with all of the farmers harvesting in September and October and the heavy farm machinery out to work in the fields every day, the preschoolers go ga-ga over it! It’s always a topic of conversation in circle time or during table games, which is fine by me as it is almost as though my preschoolers are planning my farm unit for me!
(How convenient, right?)
My own kids love driving “through the country” and asking what is in each field. I feel like it’s kind of a test of my own gardening skills and my third grader always says, “But don’t moms know everything?” Beets, sugar beets, beans, hops, wheat…and this year we spotted echinacea and lavender, which are new to our area.
But the mint. Oh, we love the mint fields! My favorite is driving home on an early fall evening with the windows down right before dusk when the sun makes everything glow so perfectly you forget all your worries. The sweet, clean minty scent flows through the car as we drive, and it is just down-right lovely. My daughter says it smells just like “that smell good” I put in the diffuser.
I know we often don’t associate mint with a farm unit, but my kids (and preschoolers) and I do. For us, it’s what home smells like. And our home is not a big city, but a clump of commerce and neighborhoods surrounded by lots and lots of wonderful farmland.
But I digress…
15 FREE Farm Theme Printables
These farm theme printables are some of our all-time favorites. Printables make excellent tools for circle time. they are great for table games and, of course, we love them as an addition to our centers. Not to mention, farm printables make great additions to busy bags and quiet time boxes, too!
Preschoolers get to work on fine motor skills as they peel and stick yellow dot stickers on an ear of corn, all while learning counting and number names.
These printable farm nomenclature cards are beautiful photographs and help children identify farm animals as they match the cards to farm toys.
This free printable comes with a set of AB and ABC farm animal pattern cards, and also includes five different ways to use pattern cards.
In this activity, preschoolers get to wash “muddy pigs” to reveal a secret letter. How fun is that!
Preschoolers practice beginning sounds all around the farm with these clip and learn cards.
Need to practice shapes? This is the cutest barn game that teaches preschoolers to recognize the similarities and differences among shapes.
Visual discrimination games like this one help preschoolers to not only learn farm vocabulary, but it also prepares them for learning to read.
I love these farm theme puzzles because they are so easy to prepare. Just print, laminate and cut with a paper cutter! And, since the puzzle pieces are numbered, preschoolers learn number names as well as sequencing.
This is easily one of our all-time favorites! Preschoolers draw cards from each other in search of making matches, but don’t get caught with the farmer! He’s the “old maid”.
In this printable game, preschoolers identify the number on each barn and then herd their farm animals into the barn for the night.
These writing prompts are perfect for a shared class story! Not only do they encourage children to share their knowledge about farm life, but they always end up really funny! Preschoolers love them!
Can you waddle like a duck or gallop like a horse? This free farm printable comes with 12 different farm themed gross motor challenges to keep the kiddies active and developing their core strength.
This is our favorite circle time song for our farm theme, and now it includes a free farm printable which goes great in the math center. Preschoolers learn to “decompose” the number five as they sing about Farmer Brown eating all the apples on his tree!
These are the cutest counting cards! Preschoolers count the number of farm animals on each card and they use a marker to daub out the corresponding letter.
What’s a farm theme preschool unit without some dramatic play? These printable masks are a great addition to any dramatic play center.
You can probably already tell, but I love teaching a preschool farm theme during fall. The children are interested and engaged, and their enthusiasm for the theme is contagious. I will definitely be adding these farm theme printables to our next farm unit. Do you have any favorite farm theme printables to share?
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.