Down on

Down on the Farm Storytime Lesson Plan


The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

Hurry! Hurry! By Eve Bunting

Stuck in the Mud by Jan Clarke

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Cock-A-Doodle Moo! By Bernard Most

Clip-Clop by Nicole Smee

Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

Fingerplays/Action Rhymes

“Over in the Barnyard”
Over in the barnyard
Early in the morning
See the yellow chickies
Standing in a row
See the busy farmer
Giving them their breakfast
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep
Off they go (remove finger puppet)
[Also, pink piggies and spotted cows]
Credit: Teach-nology Farm Songs


“Farm Chores”
This is the way we plant our seeds, plant our seeds, plant our seeds
This is the way we plant our seeds so early in the morning
[Water our seeds, weed our seeds, our seeds grow up, pick our plants, eat our plants]

Credit: Storytime Katie


On the Farm

Here is the Piggy’s snout   

            (Hold up thumb)

He better stop eating, or his tail will pop out!                 (Pop out little finger)

 Here is the patient cow

            (Hold up thumb of other hand)

She’s eating hay from a big haymow                    (Hold up all other fingers and turn hand)

 Here is the barn at night                                          (Hands form an arch—barn)

It’s quiet and dark and locked up tight                 (Bring hands together to form closed doors)



Five Clean, Squeaky Pigs Flannel

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink! (clap, clap)
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.

(Countdown 4,3,2,1,0)

Credit: Mel’s Desk


10 Fluffy Chickens Flannel

Five eggs and five eggs  Add a clutch of eggs each time you say “five eggs”
And that makes ten
Sitting on top  Add the hen
Is Mother Hen
Cackle cackle cackle   Clap hands as you say Cackle!
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens   Switch eggs for chicks.
Yellow as can be.

Credit: Mel’s Desk

 “When Cows Get Up in the Morning” from Jbrary:


Possible Asides to Parents & Caregivers

- Rhymes are packed with words we don’t always use during normal day-to-day conversation. They increase your child's vocabulary and help them make predictions about words when they're learning to read.

-Use imaginative play when thinking of being on a farm. What animals live on farms? What jobs can you do on a farm?


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