Kids often enjoy learning about life on the farm with different animals. The idea of a big barn full of horses, cows and pigs may inspire the imaginations of young children. Harness these ideas by giving your child a barn-related craft project to do. There are a number that are quick and easy to make, with little preparation involved.
Make a 3D barn that can house your young one's plastic farm animals. You'll need a cardboard box, paint and scissors. Draw the roof-line of a barn onto the box and cut along the markings. It may be easiest for a child to draw a triangle, but an older kid may want to attempt a traditional four-sided barn roof. Mark where the barn doors and windows will go and cut them out. Be sure to only cut the doors on three sides, leaving one attached so they can open. For younger kids, it may be useful to have an adult's help with the cutting steps. Cut a roof from a flat piece of cardboard and glue to the top. Paint the barn as desired.
Milk Carton Barn
Milk carton barns make a quick and easy craft project for pre-school or kindergarten classes. Save enough single-serving milk cartons for each child in the class. Be sure to rinse them out thoroughly so that they don't develop a bad odor. Glue the spout together in a closed position and pass them out to the class. Paint the cartons to look like barns. To add onto the barn-theme, encourage the children to paint different barn animals on a piece of paper.
Kids usually enjoy creating things from construction paper. Find a template of a barn or create your own. Trace the shape of the barn onto a piece of red construction paper and the roof and windows on black construction paper. Cut down the center of the door as well as along the to edge, allowing the doors to open. When all the cuts are made, glue the barn, roof and windows into place on a green piece of paper. Encourage the children to draw pictures of animals peeking from the door and scenery on the outside such as trees, hay or fields.
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