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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Big Red Barn & Handprint Farm Animals

We started our Farm Theme by re-reading one of our familiar & favorite books - The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown!

I used to read the Lil Divas this story every single night when they were babies and into toddlerhood. I could recite it by heart and as the girls got older they could "read" along with me as well.

I was excited to re-visit the story with the Lil Divas and have some fun with farm animals.

Craft: Big Red Barn & Handprint Farm Animals

What You Need:
white paper 
(we taped two pieces together to make a larger sheet)
red, green, brown, yellow & blue paint
paint brushes
cotton balls
wiggly eyes
black & orange permanent markers

What You Do:

1. Draw a big red barn onto the white paper.

2. Add grass if desired.

3. Make Handprint Farm Animals:
- to make a handprint horse paint hand brown 
and press onto paper with fingers pointing downward.
Add mane, tail, eye and mouth using black permanent marker.

 - to make handprint duck paint hand yellow 
and press sideways with thumb pointed upwards.
Use sideways thumbprint to make head.

Add beak and feet using orange permanent marker.
Add eye using black permanent marker or wiggly eye.

- to make a handprint lamb/sheep paint hand black 
and press onto paper with fingers downward.

Add cotton balls to palm to make wool & add wiggly eye.

Add scenery as desired in any remaining space
- trees, sun, etc.

The Lil Divas & I had a great time with this lil project!


What is your favorite farm book? Have you read The Big Red Barn?



  1. That is way too cute. I'll have to add this to my farm theme week for next year. We just finished our farm week yesterday with our farm breakfast and square dance and real cow visit to school.

  2. LOVE the Big Red Barn and could also recite it to you from memory. I love hand print crafts and this one is really cute.

  3. Quite the little artist are they? This is really beautiful work, a very nice craft. Tell the girls to keep up their artistic skills they won't regret it. I love to paint and love the arts.

    I may borrow this one Bern,since we have the book too.

  4. Ahhhh, those handprint animals are so stinkin cute!! I absolutely LOVE this idea. I'm pinning this and can't wait to try it!

  5. what a great idea- I'm a sucker for 'hand-art'. Great idea and we are going to have to hit up our library for some farm books :)

  6. The hand prints are so adorable! In my daughter's school they had read the red barn book during Farm theme. We may borrow your idea for the book.

  7. I love it! Love it! Love It! Did I say that I love it?

  8. This is so girls would love this. They love when I paint their hands!

  9. Wow I have never heard of this book. I have got to check it out. I love the craft. It's been awhile since we made any hand animals. I think we did it last for the letter S (we made a skunk and a spider, can't remember what else).

  10. Oh my goodness this is so adorable. I love how you did a variety of farm animals. I would love for you to stop by and share this cute idea at my "All Things Wonderful Wed. Link Party". I love your blog.

  11. The Big Red Barn is one of our very favorite books; we read it ALL the time when my son was just a little guy (he's not very big now, just 5, haha). This is such a creative and fun activity to add on to the story - I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing, I think it's time we get this book out again and do this activity! :)

  12. Oh how wonderful! They look fabulous. I particularly like the duck!

    Thank you for joining Kids Get Crafty, lovely to have you there!


  13. Great ideas! my daughter love it very much. Thanks for sharing

  14. I could look at your posts all night - way too much to do or I gladly would. I love the upside down farm animals - great idea to go along with a great book.

  15. Found this on Pinterest and absolutely love it! I will be using it for our "B is for Barn" lessons the Week of August 20. Will link back to you. Thanks so much!!!

  16. I love this idea, and the Big Red Barn is one of our favorite books! I would love for you to share this post on my linky party, my readers will also just LOVE this idea!

  17. This is adorable! I just love the hand prints. The book you featured is wonderful too. I am going to post this on my Read.Explore.Learn. pinterest board.

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