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Cow Appreciation Day Preschool Activities

July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day.  Here are some fun activities to incorporate into your child care program that involve cows.

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  • “Milk” Cows – Fill latex gloves with milk and tie them shu.  Poke small holes in the fingers of the gloves.  Hang the gloves under a small folding table or chair with a bowl underneath.  Have children squeeze and pull the fingers to get the milk out, and they will see how it is to really milk a cow.
Milking Cow

Source: thegingerbreadmom.com

  • Udder Painting – Fill latex gloves with black paint.  Poke a small hole in one of the fingers.  Place white paper on the table, and let children squeeze out the paint from the ‘udder.’
Udder Painting

Source: http://strongstart.blogspot.co.uk

  • Cow Spots Sponge Painting – Have children dip shower loofahs into black paint and dab on white paper.
Cow Spot Sponge

Source: http://ppppizzazz.blogspot.com

  • Favorite Milk Graph – Talk about how milk comes from cows and create a class graph of favorite flavors of milk: plain, chocolate, or strawberry.
Milk Graph

Source: http://creativepreschoolresources.com

  • Make Ice Cream in a Bag – Use milk along with the other ingredients listed here, to make ice cream in a bag.  Since July is National Ice Cream Month, it is also a good tie-in during Cow Appreciation Day!

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Cow Facts (thanks to www.kidsplayandcreate.com/amazing-cow-facts-for-kids)

  • Cows are also known as cattle.
  • Cows are herbivores meaning they eat grasses, plants, corn. They do not eat meat.
  • There are many types of cows.
  • Cows are smart and intelligent animals.
  • They are also social animals and interact with other cows.
  • Cows say “moo” as a way to communicate.
  • A male is called a bull.
  • A female who has given birth is called a cow.
  • A female who has not given birth is called a heifer.
  • A baby cow is called a calf.
  • There are over 1 billion cows that live in the world!
  • Cows live on every continent except Antarctica.

Cow Books and Resources:

Elephant Appreciation Day Preschool Activities

Did you know that September 22 is National Elephant Appreciation Day?  It is a good opportunity to introduce young children to the world’s land animal!

elephant appreciation

  • Elephant Weight – Tell children them how much a baby elephant weighs (200 pounds).  Weigh each child, record their weight, and see if  it would take the whole class to weigh as much as a baby elephant.

    Source: www.theanimalprintshop.com

  • Pass the Peanut – Tell the class that they are going to pretend to be elephants. Give each child a sock to put on his or her hand (this is their trunk).  Have children sit in a circle and give one child a peanut (a real peanut or a packing peanut if there are allergies). Have the children pass the peanut from person to person until it comes back to the start. Use a timer to see how long it takes and then do it a second time to see if they can beat their time.

    Source: www.daniellesplace.com

  • Paint like an Elephant – Elephants have been know to paint using their trunks, so challenge your kids to hold a paintbrush in their sock trunks (from activity above) and create a picture.
  • Paper Plate Elephant – Directions can be found here: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Paper-Plate-Elephant.html

    Source: www.busybeekidscrafts.com


Elephant Facts (thanks to http://raisingcreativechildren.com/elephant):

  • Elephants are large animals.
  • There are two types of elephants – African and Indian.
  • African elephants are larger than Indian elephants, they have baggier skin and bigger ears, too.
  • Elephants live together in families. Several families living together form a herd.
  • The leader of the herd is usually the oldest female, called a matriarch.
  • Elephants eat plants. They eat a lot of plants!
  • They eat leaves, grass, hay, tree bark, and fruit
  • Elephants flap their ears to cool themselves.
  • Elephants spray water on their skin.
  • The wrinkles hold the water, which helps to cool them.
  • Elephants live for eighty years!
  • Elephants have four teeth and two tusks.

Elephant Books and Resources: