Enjoy our Hands-on Farm Books for young boys and make your own farm animal shadow puppets for a fun hands-on storytelling activity with our free printable farm silhouettes.
Even boys who don’t particularly like to sit still for a story usually really enjoy the interaction of these toy and movable books.
These hands-on farm books are best books for boys on this topic. I decided to focus on hands-on books because hands-on learning is super for many boys.
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Hands-on Farm Books
- Touch and Feel Tractor by DK is a winner. It is a nice sturdy board book all about tractors. You can feel the tires of the tractor, the bumpy soil, and the rough bale of straw. Good textures are used for each item.
- From the oh so cute little chick on the front cover, to the adorable pigs at the back, Feel and Find Fun Farm is enjoyable through and through. Each page has a textured spot on it and the interesting thing about this book is that it also has textured tabs. Great photos!
- The first time we saw this book we know we would love it. Moo is a delight. Even the cover is interactive! It has a touch and feel aspect, lift the flap, and some movable parts. It also includes a rubber ducky squeak. A full package of interaction. This hands-on farm book is Highly Recommended!
- Touch and Feel Farm has a fuzzy chick, a furry dog, a bristly pig and more. It is only 6 double pages long but the images are nice and big as are the texture spots.
- Here is one that imaginative boys simply must see. Flip Flap Farm is a hoot. Amusing animal rhymes pepper the book and the flaps allow you to make your own animals. For example you can flip to the chicken and then change the bottom of the chicken to a sheep and you have a ‘Cheep.”
- Another lift the flap book for boys who are a bit older is Flip The Flaps Farm Animals. This book takes things one animal at a time, gives some information and asks three questions. The answers to the questions are under the flap. Plus when you lift the flap the picture on the other page changes as well for a bit of a “what is different” game. Nice.
- Noisy Farm is a push the button book that also has texture. Each button makes an animal sound. A nice touch and feel book with excellent images.
- Another book by the same publisher as Noisy Farm (above) is the rhyming book Farm: Barnyard Fun. No sounds in this one but again, the images are wonderful and there are textures to touch and feel.
Those were our favorites. I hope you find some wonderful hands-on farm books to read.
After looking through all of the farm books we got the urge to do some sort of hands-on project surrounding farms. We settled on shadow puppets!
Free Printable Farm Shadow Puppets:
I am a huge fan of shadow puppets for open-ended storytelling. I love the stories kids come up with when they are playing with their puppets.
After a crazy amount of looking, we found a lovely set of silhouette farm animals. We then tweeked them to make them perfect for this shadow puppet activity.
The farm shadow puppets will most likely need to be made by an adult although kids could certainly help with construction. I suggest using a sharp scissors so you can cut sharp lines and the tiny details. The cleaner you make the cuts, the better the shadow effect of the puppets.
Materials Needed for Shadow Puppets:
There are two ways to make these and both work great:
- Print out the animals, cut them out, glue them to cardstock and cut them into the animal shapes.
- Print out the animals, lay them over black card stock and holding them both together cut them out. (this is what I do)
Either way, you will want to use cardstock. I suggest black cardstock as it works out the best with the whole shadow aspect of the activity. If you are printing out and gluing them onto cardstock you could use another dark color in a pinch.
I made a short video of the construction.
Someone told me the best cutting tip and I wanted to share it with you and also show you how it looks.
Turn your paper, not your scissors. I learned this years ago and it makes everything I cut turn out so much better. Cut out your farm animals and attach your sticks to the back with tape.
Simple. Let the storytelling begin!
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