18 months & up. These four farm families are visually appealing and have a smooth, inviting touch. Each family has an adult male, adult female, and one offspring. The set also includes eight fence segments to engage young children in educational play. Activity guide included.
Bull measures 6 1/4"L x 4 1/4"H. Calf measures 3 1/2"L x 2 1/4"H.
The animal families represented are:
- Horse - stallion, mare, foal
- Pig - boar, sow, piglet
- Cattle - bull, cow, calf
- Chicken - rooster, hen, two chicks
Children can engage in a variety of learning experiences:
Work together with children to make a fenced in area for the animals. The area can be in the shape of a square, rectangle, or triangle.
Introduce words such as in/out and over/under as children have animals jump over the fence and walk in and out of the fenced area.
Demonstrate and then invite children to join in mooing like a cow, neighing like a horse, oinking like a pig, and clucking like a chicken.
When referring to specific animals, first use the general term, then introduce the gender/age specific terms listed on the opposite side.
Discuss each of the animal’s natural food preferences:
Horse - grass, grain, hay, and oats
Cattle - grass and hay
Pig - leaves, grass, and bugs
Chicken - bugs, worms, and small leaves
Identify the colors of the animals and encourage children to represent (paint, draw, etc.) them on paper.
Sing farm animal songs (Old MacDonald or Farmer in the Dell) while playing in small groups. Children can choose to use the animals as props or just sing along.