My kids love visiting the farm whatever the time of the year and after just moving to the country we are surrounded by farms. Today for the Virtual Book Club for Kids we are focusing on learning beginning sounds with this very simple Farm Animal Beginning Sounds Activity plus a downloadable Bingo game that you can laminate and play over and over again.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

The reason that this activity is so simple is that you can adapt it to what you have. We used the farm animals from our toy box plus a few extra’s that H insisted lived on the farm as well! Not only were we able to work on the beginning sounds of the words but also on speech and the letter sounds as well.

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Materials Needed for Farm Animal Beginning Sounds Activity

Toy Farm Animals.

Paper.

Something to write with.

Playing together the Farm Animal Beginning Sounds Activity

This was so simple I sat down on the floor with H and we identified the different animals she had decided lived on the farm. We had a dog, deer, fish, frog, sheep, chicken, pig and snake. `One of the first things to remember with the activity is that although we are working towards beginning able to spell and write the words here we are listening out for the sounds of the letters. So animals like chicken or sheep have a sh or a ch sound, not an s or c.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

Sitting down with H we picked up an animal and she said the name – I then split it up into the phonemes (if you would like to find out more about phonemes and phonics then check out our guide for parents) for the words – the individual letter sounds that you hear in the word e.g. dog – d o g and then asked what sound she heard at the beginning of the word.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

After she had identified it we practiced saying that letter making sure to get the right sound. Hearing and saying the letters correctly is the first stage of learning to read.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

Once we had identified the beginning sound I wrote the letter sound on a piece of paper. Matching the written letter with the sound that she could hear.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

Then we walked the animal over the letter in the direction that she will learn to write the letters in the future.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

I then wrote the animal name.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

H then spotted letters from in her name within the animal names and was very excited if one of them had one of the letters included.

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

Extension Activities

If you child is much younger then instead of working on beginning letter sounds work on the noises that the animals make – H’s younger sister joined us and instead of working on the letter sounds we gave her farm animals and made the sounds as well as singing Old MacDonald has a farm – and yes on our farm we did have a snake and a fish!

Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

With older children get them to break down the words or segment them into the smaller parts that they can hear and then write them together. If you have any letters either magnetic or wooden then you could use these to help spell out the words as they sound.

Featured Book

This week’s featured book for Farm Week on Virtual Book Club for Kids is Little Blue Truck by Alic Schertle which you can find on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

This is a fun story full of animal sounds and great to read with toddlers and preschoolers.

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson

Maisy’s Tractor by Lucy Cousins

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

How Big is a Pig? by Clare Beaton

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon

Virtual Book Club for Kids

Don’t forget that if you are interested in more book based activity with kids you can come and join the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group to get ideas and connect with the hosts and co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids each week. Throughout the school year we will be sharing weekly themed book lists, and book related hands-on learning from 2 to 5-year-olds.

Little Blue Truck Activities from the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Each week we will be sharing additional activities based on the book created by the cohosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids. I have categorised them to make it easier to find the type of activity you are after introducing to your children.

Literacy Activities for Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck Animal ABC Pick Up from Growing Book by Book

Farm Alphabet Animal Scavenger Hunt from Sunny Day Family

Spell your Name with Little Blue Truck from To be a Kid Again

Decorate a Farm Animal from Mama Smiles

Little Blue Truck Farm Animal Story Retelling from Powerful Mothering

Roll-a-Story Fun (Includes Character Printables) from Chickadee Lit

Maths Activities for Little Blue Truck

Colour Sorting with Farm Animals from Clare’s Little Tots

Play & Count Farm Animals from My Storytime Corner

Farm Animal I SPY & Graph Printable from School Time Snippets

Number Games Based on Little Blue Truck Books from JDaniel4’s Mom

Sensory Play for Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck Sensory Bin from Adventures of Adam

Cooking based on Little Blue Truck

Haystacks Snack for Kids from Views from a Step Stool

Mud Pit Chip Dip from Preschool Powol Packets

Science Activities for Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck Magnetic Farm Activity from The Educators’ Spin on It

Farm Animal Races from Inspiration Laboratories

Fine and Gross Motor Skills Activities for Little Blue Truck

Farm Themed Brain Breaks from Sugar Aunts

Hide & Match Farm Animal Puzzle Game from Toddler Approved


Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

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Simple and easy to set up farm animal beginning sounds activity for toddlers and preschoolers and free bingo game to play together as well.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

4 Comments

  1. What a fun way to take this week’s theme of farms to create a beginning sounds activity for kids. Love seeing everyone’s ideas to go along with the Little Blue Truck. Can’t wait to see what our families and classrooms share in our Weekly VBC Facebook group. Having such a great time organizing Virtual Book Club for Kids with you Cerys,

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