The nursery rhyme, Old MacDonald had a Farm, allows preschool teachers to introduce the ideas of sorting objects into sets and making charts to their students. Below, you will find ideas for sorting and charting while using the nursery rhyme, Old MacDonald had a Farm in your lesson plans. There are also some cute and fun art activities.
Old MacDonald had a Farm: The Nursery Rhyme
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
And on his farm he had some chicks, E I E I O.
With a chick chick here and a chick chick there,
Here a chick, there a chick, ev’rywhere a chick chick.
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
Note: Continue the rhyme by filling in different farm animals and their sounds.
Using Old MacDonald had a Farm in Preschool Lesson Plans: Farm
Chart: Make a chart, listing the words barn, chicken coop and pond. Say the names of different farm animals and ask your students where the animals stay on the farm. List the animal names in the appropriate column.
Using Old MacDonald had a Farm in Preschool Lesson Plans: Young and Old
Sorting: Cut out and laminate several images from magazines of elderly people and young people. Let your preschool students sort the images into groups of old and young.
Chart: Make a chart, listing old and young at the top. Ask your students what kinds of things they know about the young and then about the old. Write their answers under the appropriate column.
Using Old MacDonald had a Farm in Preschool Lesson Plans: Sets
Sorting: Using plastic farm animals, fences and a toy farmer, set up three or more corrals with the fences. Put a different farm animal in each corral. For example, put a horse in one corral, a cow in the second corral and a sheep in the third corral. Let your preschool students sort the remaining animals into the proper corrals for Old MacDonald.
Using Old MacDonald had a Farm in Preschool Lesson Plans: Farm Art Activities
Sponge painting: Give your students a sheet of white paper that has been cut into the shape of a cow. Set out black paint on paper plates and small sponge pieces. Let your preschool students sponge paint black paint onto the cow shapes.
Animal prints: Set out sheets of white paper and some black paint on paper plates. Give your students some plastic farm animal toys. Let them dip the animal feet into the paint and then make hoof prints and all other manner of farm animal prints across the paper. Oh, no! Old MacDonald’s farm animals got loose!
Bulletin board: Set up your bulletin board with cut outs of a red barn and white or brown fence. Add a cut out of a farmer. Staple your students’ sponge painted cows to the scene. At the top of the board, spell old Old MacDonald had a Farm.