This is a kindergarten show and tell project that I did with my daughter. The theme given was – talk about any farm animal. So my daughter chose to talk about the cow.
When preparing for show and tell projects, we have to keep in mind that our kindergartner has to carry it to school along with school bag, be able to store it in the classroom and finally hold it easily while talking. So I kept it very simple and light weight. I also stapled most of the things instead of gluing because tiny fingers can get curious and pull things out. 😀 If the project is falling apart, they will get distracted and forget the lines. She practiced exactly 10 lines for this show and tell.
First she drew the cow seeing her iPad. It took a few trials till she got the face that she wanted. Then I drew the exact same thing on chart paper so we can make the template.
For the cow, I used fabric I already had. I got it for a cushion cover that never materialized. It has cow pattern on it but any white fabric would do as you can easily make the spots with a black marker. You can use any white or brown fabric like cotton (edges might fray), old t-shirt or felt (preferable as it is thick and easy to handle).
We first cut the chart paper with scissors. Then placed the outline on the cloth and cut it. The paper kept moving as she could not hold both together at the same time. So we stapled the chart paper to the fabric (hence the stapler marks on the paper shown above). This also took 3-4 attempts because she cut off the tail and horn by accident once and the other time, little perfectionist was not very happy with the shape.
Finally we stopped when we got a decent shape. It was a good practice session for cutting shapes with scissors.
We cut some green felt cloth for the meadow. We cut thin strips of green felt fabric to make grass and tied it with a thread. This was hot glued near the cow’s mouth. Using pink marker, we colored the mouth and udder area. Using a black marker, we colored the hoof area. She wanted to hot glue a wheel barrow as this is a farm.
Sun, farm house and clouds were made using color paper. The milk jug was cut from an old T-shirt. And cotton was used for the foaming milk. For eyes, I glued googly eyes with hot glue gun. I also tied a tiny bell to baby ribbon and glued it around the neck. That fell off in class….curious fingers I tell ya. 😀
These were her talking points.
- Why cow is a domestic animal
- Names of the male, female and its baby
- Many uses of the cow – nutrition (milk and meat), leather (hide), organic manure (cow dung)
- How the male and female have their own work in the farm house.
- What it eats
- How it eats – chewing the cud
- Listed some of its physical features like horns, hoof, tail.
- How we should be humane – feed it food and water, bathe it etc.
- Daily farm routine.
Oh by the way, it took her 2 weeks to memorize all the lines. So for younger kids, start early because one weekend may not be enough as it will put too much pressure on them. We first discussed and wrote down the list – 10 points – One finger for each point so she can secretly count as she speaks in class without her audience noticing. 😉
Then we started with 2 lines on day one. Then slowly added one extra line everyday after that. By the end of 2nd week, she was very thorough with the lines and did have to count using her fingers.
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