Old McDonald

This is another Little Man-inspired project!
We all know the classic Old McDonald song.  Little Man is definitely loving animals right now.  He can say more animal sound than regular words.  So I found some of those cute wood figures you can get at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc., and bought a bunch of farm animals.  I think I have every farm animal imaginable except for maybe a goat... but I'm okay even without the goat!  🙂

But then I decided the animals needed a barn.  Suddenly I realized this would be perfect visual aids for Old McDonald!  I love making crafts that are genuinely useful like this!  It might just be the teacher in me coming out again, but nothing satisfies me more than a cute, crafty learning tool!  Awesome!  

I made the barn out of foam board, covered it with paper and outlined it with ribbon.  Little Man loves the pom poms on the doors!

I used gorilla glue to attach everything because I wanted it to be sturdy to he could actually play with everything!  I attached each animal to a craft stick, and then put velcro on the bottom front of each stick.  The back of the barn has entire strips of velcro so you could put up all of the animals if you wanted to.

Sometimes I just attach the one animal we are singing about.  Other times, we add all of the animals--the whole crew!  

The animals store perfectly in the denim pocket on the back.  And the verdict from the Little Man:  He loves it!!  He loves carrying around all of the animals and is fascinated with the velcro.  We have a whole basket of musical instruments with visual aids of songs we can sing, like these five green and speckled frogs.  Now we have one more song we can sing with visual aids!  I am a big fan of singing to your kids!

The winner of the Lilstein Styles Germie Stoppers is the lovely Kellie!!  Congrats, girl!  Just need your shipping address 🙂
There are only 3 giveaways still open, so enter while you can!  Have a happy day!
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  1. My kids love this song! I can only imagine how nuts they would go if I had this little baby to go with it! You're a genius!

  2. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Really cute! And you made this for me, right? No? But my name is on the barn. 🙂 We LOVE to see that song around here!!

  3. I love the polka-dot barn (and of course the animals are cute, too)! The fact that it's got a handy storage space in the back is proof that it was created by a mom and not some out of touch toy designer. Great job!

  4. Totally cute! I wish I had more time and energy to do that!

  5. The Harris Family says

    Very cute!

  6. Awww! Those are so cute!!!

  7. Kellie Spiker says

    So excited to win! I will email you! xoxo

  8. Love this idea!!!

  9. Jax @ AlyandAsh says

    This is fantastic! I can't wait to make some!! I'll link back to you when I do!

  10. Cook Clean Craft says

    This is adorable – another project for the to do list!

  11. OH! Thank you so much for a fabulous idea. I've been trying to think of fun crafts to do for my lil guys. This is perfect! Can't wait to give it a try!

  12. I love this project. As little man grows he will enjoy it for pretend play as well. Thanks for sharing it! and the denim storage pocket is so sweet.

  13. Ok girl this is a FABULOUS idea! This is definitely getting added to my to do list! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  14. Super cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  15. Thanks for linking on Take-a-Look Tuesday, I featured you today! – – Mandy, http://www.craftedition.blogspot.com

  16. Maggy, Red Ted Art says

    I love this, this is SOOO cute!! I do a monthly "Get Crafty" – that I collate (rather than linkys). This month's theme is "Man Made" and I think a Farm counts as man made… Would you like to submit this?

    Here is Nature Get Crafty for a refrence. http://redtedart.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/get-crafty-june-2010-inspired-by-nature/

    Would LOVE to have you on board!

  17. This is so cute! My kids would love it!

    I would love for you to stop by my blog for a fun giveaway! Have a wonderful day! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/06/vacation-week-giveaway.html

  18. Kim @ seven thirty three says

    What a creative idea! Thanks for linking up with What are little boys made of?

  19. My son would LOVE this!

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  20. Liz @ Sugarplum Creations says

    This is adorable!! My littlest would love it!

  21. This is the best idea! I need to make one to take to Nursery. My girl and everyone else will love it.

  22. Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says

    so cute!! my kids would love this!

  23. Adorable! My son would LOVE this. Thanks!

  24. I think that has to be the most adorable thing I have ever seen! I want to make one:o)

  25. Stephanie Lynn says

    This is adorable. My little guy love the song and having a visual is perfect! Super cute! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  26. Michelle - Mom of 3 Munchkins says

    What a cute idea! My youngest would have so much fun with one of those!

  27. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says

    Hi Alison – I'll be featuring your farm tomorrow! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for joining The Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  28. Oh my goodness. This is awesome! Did you paint the animals or did you find them that way and added details? Would love to make this someday for my Little Man! 🙂

    Creative and Curious Kids!

  29. Kristi Flanagan says

    So, so cute! Thanks so much for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  30. Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity says

    Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! This turned out soo cute. Oh how I wish I had a craft store that supplied these so I could whip one up! Also wanted to let you know I featured your super dad capes today. Have a great week! 🙂

  31. I featured you on my Monday Shareday: http://milknhoneylearnandgrow.blogspot.com/2010/06/monday-shareday-new.html. If you have other posts you want to share be sure to link up on Mondays. Thanks, Shonda

  32. christi @ grey umbrella says

    WOW!! I love this … thank you for the idea. I know a few nieces and nephews that are going to get this for christmas!

  33. Heather J. says

    I am going to be linking this idea on my Farmers post. I hope that's okay. It so cute!


  34. The Sunshine Crew says

    love this idea for Old MacDonald! So cute!!!
    am starting to organize materials for our second homeschooling semester and saw this and thought that it would be fun when we discuss baby animals in the Spring to make one of these, or else, to use it next fall, when we revisit the farm during a harvest and farm themed unit. Thanks for sharing.
    Love your blog.

  35. I would love to make this for our church nursery. Where could I find the fabulous animal pictures? You are so extremely talented. Thanks for sharing!

  36. The animal wood crafts can be found at Michael's, JoAnn's, or Hobby Lobby in the wood craft section!

  37. HeatherLovesClay says

    I love this! I love it so much, that I made my own. I posted it on my personal blog, hcpehrson.blogspot.com with one of your pictures and a link back to this post. I am so in love with my new little barn! Thanks!!!

  38. Thanks so much! Posted this on my site in conjunction with our Farms week for Summer school!

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