I had so much fun making an On the Farm book with my preschoolers last week. It’s always fun to get kiddos involved in making their own books. It makes literacy so much more meaningful to them! The book itself is very simple — it includes a front cover and four pages about animals that live on the farm. The text is simple and repetitive, which will help the students as they read (and re-read) this book.
For the front cover of the book, I used KPM Doodles’ “on the farm” clip art collection (in black-and-white). The children just had to color the page, and then mounted it on red construction paper.
The second page of the book read, “The pig lives on the farm.” For the art, I had the kiddos marble-paint with brown tempera paint on pink construction paper. They had so much fun marble-painting, and I had a blast watching them do so! Once the paint was dry, I cut out a pig shape (based on KPM Doodles), and the kids glued the words and the pigs to white construction paper.
“The cow lives on the farm” was the next page of the students’ books. We used cow cookie cutters in black tempera paint for the illustration. I also gave the kids the option to finger paint spots on their cows. Of course, each of the kids did just that! The cookie cutter looked like a cow at first glance, but the kids and I decided it looked a bit more like a jungle cat when printed on the paper. Oh well — nothing turns out perfectly! 🙂 No matter what, the children will recognize their artwork when reading their books.
After the cow page, we moved on to making sheep. I was inspired by the sheep in Ramblings of a Crazy Woman’s “Kid Made Easter Cards” (go check them out, they’re adorable). I had the children use a white crayon to draw the outline of a sheep on black construction paper. Once that was done, they used paper hole reinforcements for the sheep’s woolly coat. Some of them had tons of fun peeling the stickers off and placing them on the “sheep”. Others weren’t as interested, but all of the sheep came out well!
The last page of the book focused on horses. I used a basic stencil to outline a horse shape for the kids. They then colored the horse however they wanted, then used yarn to add the horse’s mane and tail. Some of the horses were very . . . colorful! 🙂 The words for this page were, of course, “The horse lives on the farm.”
Do you make books with your children and/or students? I’d love to hear about them, if so! 🙂