Last week I read Farmer, Farmer What Do You See? with many of my students and we made Cows with googly eyes.  As I continue with the Farm Theme I’m using the adapted book Farmer, Farmer Who’s in the Tractor? and we are making Pigs.  The focus for this book is learning farm vocabulary terms and sequencing terms.  I picked a follow-up craft which also works on sequencing the steps to make the puff paint for the pig which reinforces those sequential concepts.

I started the lesson by pointing to each animal on the right side of the book and reviewing the names of the animals and each animal sound.

As I read the book, I touch each word square so the students can follow along with the book and help read some of the words.  For the first page I read “Farmer, Farmer Who’s in the Tractor?”.  Then I moved to the bottom of the page and read “1st a…” and point to the pig in the tractor and wait for the student to say “pig”.  The student has to find the pig from the animals on the right side of the book and attach the pig picture to the empty box on the bottom of the page.  I finish reading the sentence by saying “pig in the tractor”.  You can always add in some “wh” questions by asking “who is in the tractor?”, “what does the pig say?” or “what color is the pig?”

I continue to read the book in the same manner for each page.  After I read the sentence on the bottom of the page I review the animals in the tractor.  For example, after the student puts the sheep on the third page and we finish the sentence I point back to the tractor and say “first a pig, second a cow, “third a sheep”.  I do this for each page to help the student remember the sequential order of the animals for the final page in the book.

At the end book I see if the students can remember the order of the animals.  Sometimes I give the student a choice of 2 animals.  For example I might ask the student, “first a pig or a horse?”  I also sometimes flip back in the book to help the students remember the order.  I added the extra dog picture just so there is always a choice of at least 2 pictures for the students.

After we finished reading the book we made Pig out of puffy paint and paper plates!

To make the pink puffy paint you mix together equal parts of glue and shaving cream and then just add a few drops of red food coloring to give it the pink color.  I set up the activity by lining up the 3 ingredients and modeling the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd concepts…1st -glue, 2nd-shaving cream, and 3rd-food coloring.

There is lots of great language to model during this craft.  We say “open” as I take the lid off the glue bottle.  Then I have the kids help me by saying “Ready….Set….Pour!” for the glue as we pour it on a paper plate.

Then the kids take turns shaking the shaving cream before we add it to the mix….”shake, shake, shake“.  After you add the shaving cream and glue on the plate I add about 5 drops of red food coloring.  You can have the students help you count the number of drops you want to add.

We pass the mixture around and take turns stirring the mixture…”stir, stir, stir“.  I again model how we made the puffy paint.  “First glue, second shaving cream, third food coloring”.

Next the students request a paper plate and they can start painting inside the paper plate.  I kept the plate the way you would normally use it to serve food just so it was not as messy.  I tried flipping the plate over and painting it and it didn’t seem to work as well for me.

After the students finish painting the whole inside of the paper plate they can add the facial features.  Since we were making the puff paint and painting, I had the facial features already prepped because it would be too much to do cutting with my students while the paint would sit there and start to dry out before we used it.   You can use those sequential terms again to help make the pig face – “First nose, second eyes, third mouth, and fourth ears”.  For the nose I just cut out pink ovals and put 2 black dots on them for the nostrils.

I just printed off a bunch of eyes and cut them out….nothing too fancy.


I cut mouths out of black construction paper.  Again I try to keep it simple.

Finally I cut ears out of pink construction paper.  All the face pieces can be placed right on the puffy paint and they will stay in place.  Some of my students have difficulty with texture and when they touch the puffy paint while putting on the facial features it really bother them.  I try to have them put on all four face pieces before we wipe their hand off or wash them.

I think they turned out super cute!

If you are interested in this Farm adapted book it comes in a series of 3 books which includes Farmer, Farmer What Do You Hear?, Farmer, Farmer Who’s in the Tractor?, and “Farmer, Farmer What Do You See?”.  You can find them on TPT with the following link Farm Adapted Books    

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