Exploration of different aspects of farm life is a wonderful Montessori daycare activity. Children are already interested in animals, and discovering more about farm-themed activities help bring the broader world to light. From sensory exploration to hands-on growing, these top-rated activities will deliver hours of enthusiastic interactions.
- Getting the Feel of Things
Wooden or plastic farm animals are perfect for giving Montessori daycare children an idea of how animals look and move. They can run their fingers over the animal heads, body and legs, allowing their sense of touch to supplement what their eyes are telling them. Every animal on the farm has a unique set of characteristics that small kids will have fun learning about. The same figures can be used for comparisons, counting, sorting, and other academic explorations.
- Sounds of Animals
Just as each animal looks different, they also have different sounds. One of the loudest animals found on the farm is the peacock, and rabbits are among the quietest. Exploring the different sounds animals make is an ideal activity for the whole daycare class, and will soon have the kids sounding like a barnyard party. Keep in mind that baby animals often make very different sounds than their parents, and include that in the play.
- Growing Things
Farms are not just about the animals, and learning how seeds grow is an exciting way to broaden a child’s horizons. Planting seeds, watering them regularly, and watching them blossom into food is fascinating for children of all ages and provides essential practical life experiences that children will use for decades to come. Tomatoes and strawberries are among the easiest plants to grow and offer the reward of tasty treats in a relatively short growing season.
Visiting a farm is another great activity if social circumstances permit. Lacking that, exploring different aspects of life on the farm at daycare will at least offer children some information about farms, animals, and what life on the farm is like. Even though they may not be able to travel now, they can become familiar with what to expect when they do get to visit farms.