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.
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.
Materials Needed for Farm Animal Beginning Sounds Activity
Toy Farm Animals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then we walked the animal over the letter in the direction that she will learn to write the letters in the future.
I then wrote the animal name.
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.
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!
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.
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
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.