Word list for first words users
bee, bird, bug, bunny, cat, chicken, cow, dog, duck, fish, horse, kitten, mouse, pig, puppy, sheep.
1. At the Farm
Set up your farm with animals, fences, tractor, water troughs and a farmer. You can use fake grass or a mat to supplement your area. Great way for learning animal noises (baa, moo) as well as animal names.
2. Vet play
A fun way to develop pretend play skills as well as farmer vocabulary. All the animals need to have a bandaid/ bandage/medicine etc. You can name the animals, body parts and actions.
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Books about Farms are a great addition to your bookshelf. They are good for copying animal noises (eg. baa, moo) and animal actions (eg. ‘quack’ action with hands opening and closing). Toddlers can also practice using little phrases (eg. cow eating grass, more ducks).
Here are some of our favourites for toddlers learning to talk.
Baby Touch & Feel Farm Animals
One of our favourites for babies from 6 months. Clear photos with few distractions and easy to copy animal sounds.
Words to Try – dog, sheep, duck, cow.
More clear photos but with giant flaps to lift up and say the animal noises.
Speech Goals – animal noises
Spot on the Farm
Another classic Spot book with all the farm animal sounds to make.
Little Hide & Seek Farm
This is quite a busy book with lots of images on each page – more suited to older toddlers. There are images to match and also things to look for. You can either make the animal noises or try single words and phrases here. (where’s dog?) (red apples).
This is an old classic by Rod Campbell. Toddlers can name the animals as the dog says hello woof! Lift the flaps and say ‘hello pig‘ etc. Also you can phrases such as ‘he found a …..sheep’.
Another Rod Campbell classic. Follow the little boy as he looks in each animal’s home to find the eggs for breakfast. Name the animals as you go (horse, pig). Also you can introduce a negative (‘no eggs‘) on each page until he finds them at the end. Younger babies can just shake their head.’
Maisy’s Morning on the Farm
Maisy books are generally clear drawings with a simple, well known theme. Maisy has lots of jobs to do on the farm – feeding the animals, milking the cow. This is a great book for older toddlers to develop some nice phrases and action words (verbs). eg. Maisy feeds pigs, Maisy getting eggs.
On the Farm
A book for 2-3 yr old. Each page has a farm scene – (vege patch, farmyard etc) with plenty of vocabulary to look at and talk about. This is a great book for playing a spotting game (can you find the……. bucket) and also for introducing new words to your child’s vocabulary – henhouse, capsicum etc.
On the Farm ( Magnetic Book)
These little magnetic scene books are great for 3 year olds. You can use the magnets again and again to make up different colourful scenes. Really good for building vocabulary and imagination! eg Pigs rolling in the mud, I put the horse there.