On this page you’ll discover all our Farm Animals, but first…
Interesting Facts about Farm Animals
Many kids never get the chance to visit a farm. There’s nothing quite like the first hand experience, but these farm activities and tidbits are your next best bet.
- Most farms are operated by families, and though their numbers are on the decline, in America there are still more than 2 million.
- The next time you plan a meal, do your best to explore materials about where your food is coming from. If you are able to visit a local farmers market, do so. If not, then maybe try and cook recipes specific to your region in some way either in ingredient or flavor! This can give everyone in the family a good idea of the way that farms and food contribute to an area’s personality.
- Methods and types of farms differ all over the world, a homestead farm in America that houses chickens, cows, horses, and even a friendly pet dog is going to be very different from terrace farms in China where you might find buffalo, yaks, and even camels close by.
- This can be a helpful way to help educate children about the differences in ecology and environment around the world. But that doesn’t mean it has to limit their imagination! After exploring the different ways that farms must adapt to their environments, let kids design their ideal farm where any kind of animal can be found! Draw, paint, or sketch any kind of farm that you’d like!
- Farm animals have a long and interesting history of interacting with humans similar to the relationships that many people have with their pets! Goats were among the first animals to be domesticated. Pigs are very intelligent. They are right up there with people, chimps, and dolphins! So are cows-many know their own names!
- No wonder there are so many great stories set on farms like Charlotte’s Web (for children) and even Animal Farm (for teens). You can find an age appropriate story to explore the farm environment or make your own! You can even draw and illustrate some pages to go along.
- Of course, many farm animals contribute in different and useful ways. Sheep provide wool. Cows provide milk. Chickens provide eggs. Horses and mules provide labor.
- Think about your house as a farm in which everyone contributes. If you want, you can even draw a chore chart to split up the labor-decorate it with your favorite farm animals to help divvy the tasks up! In the past, many kids that grew up on farms were homeschooled because they had to do so much work to do!