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 off by working on farm animals this week and the first thing on our agenda was getting to know all about pigs.
For starters, pigs are muddy, messy and very smart. They are known to be pretty fast, really heavy (like, more than a piano), and quite squealy. But they also provide us with lots of yummy goodies like bacon and ham, household items like glue, leather, fertilizer, and finally – medicines. Quite frankly, I had to dig deep to remember all of the things pigs provided humans with and when you are an 18 month old child, you couldn’t care less. Therefore, the overarching principle for today’s lesson was that pigs like to roll in the mud to cool off, they are stinky, they are squealy, and they live on a farm.
Our first activity was simply this: Pudding Painting. I cut a pig shape from a piece of pink construction paper, taped it to a cookie sheet, and gave G some chocolate pudding to paint with. It didn’t take long for him to realize that the pudding was DELICIOUS but that’s the beauty of painting with edibles! We got playtime and snack time done in one shot – oh, and we got a little messy, too!
Check out how great our pudding activity was in this video…Then see how your kids react and let us know in the comments below! How funny is this?!
Next we dug around in our Muddy Sensory Bin. Okay, it was a really nice day so we actually just took some farm toys and pigs out to a dirt barrel in our backyard and played around. However, if you don’t have this option there are plenty of other options for making your own dirt and/or mud. I’d suggest Oreo crumbs, colored shaving cream or cool whip, chocolate pudding, or brown sand (check your local craft store)!
While we played in the “mud” we practiced our pig noises, I read some books about pigs, and we did a LOT of pee-eww-ing!
Felt Board. You guys know how I love a felt board for teaching. Today we laid out some farming things, a pig, and some bacon! I briefly explained that the bacon we eat comes from a pig – not so sure my tiny-tot understood that but it was worth a shot. We talked all about farms. And I quizzed him on which object was a pig, a tractor, a barn, etc.
Finally, we ended the day with a few books. In each story I was sure to point out the pig on the first couple of pages and after that I would ask G to find it himself, make their noises, or show me where they lived.
He went to bed successfully understanding what a pig looked like, sounded like, and where they lived! I’d say this easy all about pigs day was well worth it! Keep tabs on what farm animal we have coming up next by following us on Instagram!