10 Preschool Farm Animal Crafts (Various Materials)

| Last Updated: August 2, 2022

Animal crafts are always a hit with preschoolers. Kids love cutting, pasting, coloring, and generally making a mess especially when animals are involved. We’ve gathered some of the best farm animal crafts for young kids from all over the internet and compiled them here.

Whether you are working on a farm unit, life sciences, or just need a fun, engaging craft, the preschool farm animal crafts are an excellent option. Just scroll through the activities below to find ones that work for your child(ren), grab your materials, and you’re ready to craft. 

Great Preschool Farm Animal Crafts

Creative | Fine Motor | Listening

1. Finger Puppet Farm Animals

These adorable finger puppets are great for pretend play and retelling stories. These are quick and easy to make, and you can make any farm animals you want. Start by tracing a round object like the bottom of a cup to make the animal’s head. Choose a color that matches the color of the animal you are making. Cut out a nose, beak, snout, ears, and whatever other features you want to add out of construction paper or craft foam, then attach the googly eyes and assemble the face. 

You can repeat this as many times as desired with different colors and features to create a whole farm of animals. Cut pieces of cardstock to fit around your child’s fingers and tape it in a circle to the back of the animal face. Do this to all of the animal faces. Once your farm is complete, you’re ready for pretend play or to re-enact your favorite story. Have fun and be creative with this great idea from TheNYMelroseFamily.com.

Materials:

  • Cup or other round objects to trace around
  • Construction paper and/or cardstock in various colors
  • Craft foam
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Tape
Fine Motor | Creative | Art

2. Farm Animal Paper Plates

For a larger craft, you can use paper plates to create your animal faces. These cute paper plate farm animals are perfect as a craft activity, to use in pretend play, or to use as you tell or retell stories. Kids can hold up their plate as the character talks and create a silly voice for each one. If you have a group of kids, have each make a different animal and then let them embody that character. 

To make this fun activity found on HomeschoolPreschool.net, grab some paper plates and start by painting them the color of the animal you want to make (for the sheep, add cotton balls and a face cut from construction paper). Cut out ears and a nose. Glue these to the plate. Now, add googly eyes. Then, add any final details like hair, a tail, details for the nose, etc. Make one for each type of animal you desire. Now you’re ready to play!

Materials:

  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Cotton balls or white poms (for sheep)
Creative | Language | Fine Motor

3. Foam Cup Farm Animals

Let your child create some farm friends that fit right on their hands with this fun activity from KidsActivitiesBlog.com. This activity uses painted foam cups to become hand puppets for your child to use for play, acting out nursery rhymes, or for storytelling. This set shows how to make a chick, cow, and pig, but children can be creative and make other animals too. 

First, place foam cups on newspaper or other medium to keep the mess down. Have your child paint the cups the appropriate color for whichever animal they are making (pink for a pig, yellow for a chick, and black spots for a cow). Next, draw or paint eyes, beak, nose, and any other details they want to add. Cut pipe cleaners to make tails and ears. Press the pipe cleaners into the cup and then tape from the inside to hold in place. That’s it. Now your child is ready to play with their new friends!

Materials:

  • Foam cups
  • Craft paint in various colors
  • Paint brush
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil (if desired)
Fine Motor | Art | Creative

4. Farm Animal Headband Craft

It doesn’t get easier than this and still provides tons of fun! All you need for these farm animal headbands is a printed template, something to color with, scissors, and some tape or a stapler. Scroll through these ideas from SimplyEverydayMom.com to find a pig, duck, cow, cat, and llama option. 

First, you’ll need to print the template. You can either print one in color or use the black and white version for your child(ren) to color themselves. (Personally, I think coloring it themselves is always a better option.) If you use the color version, cut it out, measure the size of your child’s head, and tape or staple it to the correct size. Then you’re done. If you decide to let your child color it in, provide crayons, markers, or colored pencils and let them loose, then cut and tape or staple to your child’s head size. Children can pretend to be farm animals while having their hands free to play. 

Materials:

  • Printed template
  • Colored pencils/markers/crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape or a stapler
Imagination | Creative | Responsibility

5. Tissue Box Farm Animals

Recycle old tissue boxes with this adorable farm animal craft! Save up some tissue boxes for your child or make them one at a time, adding to the “farm” as you go. Kids can make these into any animal they want, such as a cow, pig, horse, dog, or chick. Their imagination is the only limit with this fun upcycle project found on WaysToCreate.com

Have your child grab a tissue box and cover the outside in whatever color paper matches the animal they want. Cutting and gluing paper is a great way for kids to practice their fine motor skills. Cut ears out of paper and make a fold to glue to the top. Cut out a nose and glue that and some googly eyes to the front of the animal. Add a pipe cleaner for a tail and attach it to the back of the tissue box. Lastly, use paint to add spots and details to the nose and ears. Let your child be creative and make the animals uniquely theirs. Repeat as many times as desired and your child will have their very own farm to play with!

Materials:

  • Empty tissue boxes
  • Paint
  • Scraps of cardstock or construction paper in various colors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
Fine Motor | Creative | Art

6. Handprint Chick

Make a cute chick for Easter, a farm unit, or just for fun. This easy craft is fun for kids and can turn out as a great keepsake for parents. Who doesn’t love a craft that uses a child’s handprints as part of the process? All you need is some construction paper, glue, and some tracings of your child’s hands. This craft found on HomeschoolPreschool.net is a fun activity you can make anytime.

Trace the shape of legs, a beak, and an oval for the chick’s body onto construction paper. Depending on the age of the child, they can either cut the parts out themselves or you can pre-cut them and let them do the assembly. Trace the child’s hands twice (a total of 4 handprints) using a different shade of yellow so you end up with 2 different colors to layer. Once the pieces are all cut out, glue them to the paper. Offset the handprint colors so the set in the back is slightly visible. Once the chick is assembled, complete with a set of googly eyes. This is a great decoration for Easter or any time of the year. 

Materials:

  • Construction paper (orange and various shades of yellow)
  • Glue
  • 2 large googly eyes
  • Some small hands to trace
Imagination | Creative | Fine Motor

7. Pine Cone Farm Animals

Take some nature and make your own farm with this idea from MandaPandaProjects.com. Take kids on a nature walk to find some good-sized pinecones to use for this project. Be sure to wash and bake the pine cones before they are ready for the next step. The painting process can be done by painting by hand, dipping pinecones in paint (which requires a lot of paint), or can be spray painted. For kids, dipping or hand-painting are the better options. 

This tutorial includes instructions for making a pig, cow, chick, rooster, and lamb. Paint the pinecone and then cut details like a nose, beak, and ears, from felt. Glue these pieces together and add googly eyes, then glue them to the pinecone. Cut a pipe cleaner to the right size for a tail and glue it to the back of the pinecone. Repeat this and make as many farm animals as you want. 

Materials:

  • Pinecones
  • Paint
  • Felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
Responsible | Fine Motor | Art

8. Farm Animal Toilet Paper Rolls

This post on RedTedArt.com features a plethora of options for making farm animals. Tutorials for chicks, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and more are featured. We’re going to tell you how to make a toilet paper roll goat but check out the link above for more options!

Grab an empty toilet paper roll, some brown construction paper, a marker, some googly eyes, and a cotton ball. Cut horns and ears out of brown paper and glue them to the roll. Add googly eyes, draw a nose and a mouth. Pull a cotton ball apart and glue it below the mouth for a fun beard. Now your goat is ready for pretend play. 

Materials:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Cotton ball
  • Brown paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker
Fine Motor | Creative | Responsibility

9. Party Favor Horse Bags

Have a party coming up? Make horse party favor bags for your guests. Start by printing out the horse template from LilTigers.net. Cut the individual parts of the template out and glue them to paper lunch sacks. Cut details out of colored construction paper and glue them to the paper sacks.

You can also use googly eyes instead if you prefer. If you have a shape puncher, you can punch out little bows or other shapes and add them to the horses. Make enough for each child and fill it with goodies for a party!

Materials:

  • Paper lunch sacks
  • Printed horse templates
  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Shape hole punch (optional)
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Scissors
Fine Motor | Creative | Art

10. Pom Pom Chicks

This is a quick, easy craft for young kids. All you need is some paper, poms, and an orange marker. Glue a small pom as a head and a larger pom for the body to the large piece of construction paper. Draw a beak and legs with the orange marker. You can have the child draw a background for the chicks, add eyes, and add whatever you like. This is a great activity that doesn’t require much preparation or work. 

Kids will love making these chicks and drawing a fun background around them. Since this activity found on CoolKidsCrafts.com requires little work from you, it is simple and can be done in a short time. 

Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Different sized yellow poms
  • Orange marker
  • Glue

Conclusion 

Making farm animal crafts is great for kids when you are teaching farm animals, want to add some pretend play, or just need a hands-on craft to keep kids busy and practicing fine motor skills. 

The activities above are perfect options for preschoolers because they use a lot of skills and few materials. Many times, you will have the materials on hand and can pull them out on a rainy day or to combat boredom. Browse the list above and try these great farm animal activities with your preschooler today. Thanks for popping in!

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