Old MacDonald Farm Animal Story Stones

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. 

Farm animal story stones : Old MacDonald had a farm nursery rhyme

This 'Old MacDonald had a Farm', activity is part of a rhyme time series. Check out our list of nursery rhymes and activity ideas 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):

  • Stones (we collected ours on holiday)
  • Mod Podge Glue and Sealer (UK link/ US link)
  • Foam brush (UK link/ US link)
  • Animal printable or pictures of animals from magazines

How to make farm animal story stones


Download and print out the animal pictures. Cut out the animals. 

Free printable farm animals for story stones

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 make farm animal story stones

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.

Make Farm animal story stones : Free Printable

Enjoy your farm animal story stones. Find all our Free Printables here


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Check out these 'Old MacDonald had a Farm' inspired ideas from other bloggers. 

Farm Animal craft and activity ideas

 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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