Make farm animal story stones to accompany the popular nursery rhyme 'Old MacDonald had a Farm'. Print off the free printable farm animals, stick them to stones and use them to help toddlers and preschoolers choose which animal to sing about in the nursery rhyme or to help them make up simple farmyard stories.
This 'Old MacDonald had a Farm', activity is part of a rhyme time series. Click here to see our other nursery rhyme crafts and activities or scroll to the bottom for links to other 'Old MacDonald' inspired ideas. Click here to listen to 'Old MacDonald had a Farm'
You will need (affiliate links):
- Print off our free animal printable
- Stones (we collected ours on holiday)
- Mod Podge Glue and Sealer (UK link/ US link)
- Foam brush (UK link/ US link)
How to make farm animal story stones
Download and print off our FREE farm animal pictures by clicking here. Cut out the animals.
Put a splodge of mod podge onto a stone and place one of the animal pictures on top. Spread the mod podge over the picture and continue to the edge of the stone. Wipe off any excess mod podge and leave it to dry. Repeat for each image.
How to use your farm animal story stones
There are so many ways that these animal story stones can be used. Here are a few ideas.
- Put the story stones in a bag or basket. Take one out at a time as you sing 'Old MacDonald' to decide which animal to sing about next.
- Make up simple farmyard stories using the stone animals as characters. Older children will love making up their own stories.
- Set up a farmyard small world and use the stones as farm animals to play with.
- Put the stones in a sensory bin for toddlers to find and ask them what the animals are/ what noise they make.
- Make 2 sets of stone animals and play matching games.
Check out these 'Old MacDonald had a Farm' inspired ideas from other bloggers.
Farm animal puppets from Teach Me Mommy
Edible farm sensory bin from Adventures of Adam
TP roll farm animals from Multi Crafting Mummy
Peg farm animals from Danya Banya
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