Sunday, October 10, 2010

Old Mcdonald's Farm - pick an animal

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The kids love to sing Old McDonald had a farm over and over and over again and most times Liam proudly exclaims he had a Pig! Now after 5 rounds of oinking I have had enough of all the pigs on Old MacDonald's farm. To keep a good mix of animals in the song I introduced the kids to this little game. Gather together some toy farm animals I find 8 - 10 works well for my kids and put them in a box or container (we used an old tissue box) ..... now it is time to start singing

Old McDonald had a farm
E - I - E - I - O

And on that farm he had a ....

E - I - E - I - O
with a Baa Baa here and a Baa Baa there
Old McDonald had a Farm
E - I -E - I - O
Then you get to pick again
A Cow!

And sing again E - I - E - I - O

Holding the chicken up high so we all know which animal to sing about

We had lots of fun playing and singing Old McDonald's farm today this simple addition really refreshed a song we sing often. Next time I think I will add a little twist and add a non farm animal to the box and see what the kids do .....


Caz said...

Oh, really love this idea, Im very sick of roaring like the dinosaur that our McDonald has on his farm! We'll be trying this out tomorrow for sure, thanks :-)

Philippa said...

Thanks Caz :)had to have a little chuckle about Dinosaurs on Old McDonalds Farm

amandab said...

A great idea, and I always run out of animas after about 8 I think (and by then my voice is getting croaky too!)

One of Princess' favourite books as a bub was our Golden Book version of Old Mac Donald. We still have it, an read it, and it is showing signs of being a very well loved book :)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

What a fun way to mix it up :)

Philippa said...

Amanda - that book sounds great I bet Liam would love it

Christie - it was great for something a bit different

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