One of the preschool lesson plans that I most loved writing and teaching was On the Farm. For most of my preschool students, farm life was a novel idea. They were truly learning new concepts. One of the most fun ways to teach them about farm life was through gross motor activities. Below, you will find three gross motor activities to add to your preschool lesson plan about farms.
The Bunny Hop Freeze
There are two ways to play this game. The first is with music. Have your preschool students hop to the music until it stops. That is their signal to freeze in place. The second option is to have your preschoolers hop around the classroom until a predesignated “wolf” hops out from hiding while yelling “WOLF!” At that point, the children should be very still, like bunnies trying not to be noticed by a wolf.
Farmer Brown Says
This game is a take off of Simon Says. Have your students stand facing you with an arms width distance between each of them. Now give them Farmer Brown’s instructions, focusing on the movements that animals make. For example, “Farmer Brown says waddle like a duck” or “Farmer Brown says roll around like a pig in the mud”. Other animal ideas to include in this activity are chickens, turkeys, cows, goats and horses.
Here is another game centered on a farm animal. This game is probably best played outdoors where there is plenty of room and the preschoolers can feel free to hoot and holler. Line your preschoolers up. Instruct them to gallop to a marked spot when you blow the whistle. The first one there is the winner! Your preschoolers will want to play this game over and over again.
I am certain that you and your preschoolers will thoroughly enjoy these gross motor activities while learning about life on a farm. Other ideas include the traditional games of Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Duck Duck Goose. No doubt, you will find your own ways to tweak these activities as well as come up with some fabulous new ones. Enjoy teaching your preschoolers about the farm! You can find more ideas for your farm lesson plans at PreSchool-Plan-It.com’s Farm Theme for Preschool Page, as well as many other Internet sites.
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