All About Cows

G has been getting more and more into identifying animals and their sounds. Without much teaching, he has been able to make the sound of an elephant, a cat, and a lamb as well as point out numerous animals in books. Because he is showing such an interest, I figured there was no time like the present to begin teaching him all of the animal noises, features, and identifying factors.

We started our animal lessons off by learning about the farm. We’ve gotten to know about pigs and sheep but today we’re moooooving on, we are talking all about cows!

ALL About Cows

For starters, cows have very unique patterns, no two cows have the same set of spots! They also have an excellent sense of smell – up to five miles away, they drink 35 gallons of water a day, and they eat around 50 pounds of food! Wow! Typically though, cows aren’t known for those things. We know them more commonly for producing milk, supplying us with beef, and being loud communicators – moooo.  So the overarching principle for today’s lesson was that most cows have spots, they spend a lot of time grazing in the fields, we milk them for…well, milk…and they love to chat!

Our first activity was simply this: Cow Habitat Sensory Play. I used our boon grass bottle rack as the pasture, added a silo, a farmer, and of course…lots of cows! We played with the cattle in the yard and on the plastic grass as we talked about their black spots and their moo-s!
All About Cows
Next we did a Crayon Resist Activity to pain spots on a cow! To prep, I sketched a cow on paper and colored white spots on his body with a crayon. Then, I mixed a dark color of paint and water together in a bowl to create something a little thicker than watercolor paint. I gave G the picture and the paint and let him go to town. Once he was finished painting, I took a paper towel and wiped off the extra paint. Doing this revealed the white spots underneath! Pretty cool project for kids of any age!
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 To finish off our lesson on cows, we did some Udder Paintings! I simply took the leftover paint from the crayon resist activity and poured it into a rubber glove. Then, I pierced a hole in just one fingertip and gave it to G to play with. He wasn’t always successful at getting the paint on the paper but fortunately, it’s all washable! This is a super awesome opportunity to discuss where milk comes from as well – we know how kiddos love their liquids! We had a lot of fun with this…take a look at our video below!
All About Cows
All About Cows
 All About Cows

Finally, we added a little spotted cow to our farming Felt Board. Then we practiced identifying objects. I would ask G to find the animals we’d talked about – sometimes by name, sometimes by sound, the tractor, the barn, etc. I seriously LOVE our felt activities and I love their cost!

My son went to bed successfully understanding what a cow looked like, sounded like, and that our milk came from them! I’d say this easy all about cows day was well worth it! Keep tabs on what farm animal we have coming up next by following us on Instagram!

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