Milk & Cows

Milk & Cows

Activity

Materials Needed

 

 Introductory Activity

 

 

 

 Focused Activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bonus Challenge I

 

  • Pictures of cows
  • Pictures of dairy products
  • I Spy: Dairy Products Activity Sheet (available for download)
  • Jar
  • Whipping cream
  • Bread
  • Butter spreader

 

 

 Bonus Challenge II

 

 

  • Milk
  • Liquid food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green)
  • Dish soap
  • Cotton swabs
  • Shallow pan/tray
  • Magic Milk Experiment Activity Sheets

o   Magic Milk Experiment Activity Sheet (A) (available for download)

o   Magic Milk Experiment Activity Sheet (B) (available for download)

 

 

 Sensory Play

 

 

 

 

Introduction : Milk & Cows

Objectives

  1. Develop problem-solving skills by fixing a puzzle together

  2. Develop number correspondence

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print and cut out the individual jigsaw pieces from the jigsaw printable and place them in a bowl

  • Print out the activity sheet

 

Activity 1:

  • Show child the picture of the completed puzzle and prompt him/her to identify the animal

  • Demonstrate piecing two puzzle pieces together

  • Allow child to try piecing the remaining puzzle pieces

    • Child can use the completed puzzle picture as a guide when attempting to fix the puzzle together

 

Activity 2:

  • Pour out a little black paint into a tray or scrap paper

  • For each number:

    • Use a finger to dot the corresponding number of spots on the cow

    • Encourage child to count aloud as he/she dots the spots on the cow

    • Feel free to make big or small spots, round or blobby spots etc.

 

Focused Activity: Where Does Milk Come From?

Objectives

  1. Label parts of a cow using appropriate vocabulary.

  2. Recall and talk about experience of “milking a cow”.

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • You may like to mix flour and water together if you are short of milk at home.

 

Activity:

  • Talk to your child about where milk comes from.

  • Using a needle, poke a hole in each fingertip of the latex glove.

  • Then, fill a latex glove full of flour mixed with water. The flour and water filled glove will resemble a cow’s udders.

  • Teach your child to “milk the cow” by pulling on the udders.

  • Extension: You may also like to introduce other parts of a cow using the activity sheet provided and parts of the cow word cards.

 

Bonus Challenge I: Dairy Food Group

Objectives

  1. Group related objects (e.g. dairy products).

  2. Count reliably, one object at a time up to a collection of 5 or more.

  3. Participate in small group discussion about products made from milk.

  4. Respond appropriately when spoken to or questioned.

 

Materials Needed

  • Pictures of cows

  • Pictures of dairy products

  • I Spy: Dairy Products Activity Sheet (available for download)

  • Jar

  • Whipping cream

  • Bread

  • Butter spreader

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Show your child books/pictures of a cow and products that cow give to humans.

 

Activity:

  • Explain to your child that dairies raise cows that give milk to make foods like butter, cheese, yogurt and cream.

  • Discuss with your child all of the products made from milk. Make a list of dairy products on a chart or on the board.

  • Once your child has had a clear understanding of dairy products, have him/her circle and count the dairy products on the activity sheet.

  • Extension: You may like to show how butter is made just like how the farmers do it. Put whipping cream in a jar, then let your child/family take turns shaking it and soon the cream will turn into butter. To speed up the process, you can add a marble to the jar. Once done, you can have the butter on bread for snack.

 

Bonus Challenge II: Magic Milk Experiment

Objectives

  1. Apply knowledge of writing conventions in writing or copying words/phrases/sentences.

  2. Compose and write complete sentences using invented and conventional writing.

  3. Conduct simple investigations to find out why things happen and how things work.

  4. Make predictions of outcomes with simple reasoning.

  5. Record changes over time through drawing or writing.

 

Materials Needed

  • Milk

  • Liquid food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green)

  • Dish soap

  • Cotton swabs

  • Shallow pan/tray

  • Magic Milk Experiment Activity Sheets

> Magic Milk Experiment Activity Sheet (A) (available for download)

> Magic Milk Experiment Activity Sheet (B) (available for download)

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print the magic milk experiment activity sheets available for download.

  • Pour a thin layer of milk in a shallow pan/tray.

 

Activity:

  • Depending on which activity sheet you choose to print/do with your child, have your child add drops of food coloring all around in the milk (Activity Sheet A) or add a combination of food coloring at one time (Activity Sheet B).

  • Pick up a cotton swab and dip it in the dish soap.

  • Then, put the cotton swab in the milk - pressing it down in one spot and holding it there for about 15 seconds. Watch what happens!

  • Guiding questions (you may use the activity sheets to guide your child through)

> What did you notice?

> What happened when you put the cotton swab in the milk?

> Why do you think that happened?

> Why do you think it stopped moving after a period of time?

> What else did you observe?

  • Once you are done with the activity sheet, you may explain the science behind the experiment.

  • “Milk is made up of minerals, proteins and fats. When the dish soap enters the milk the fat begins to break up. The soap molecules run around and try to attach to the fat molecules in the milk. Normally this process would be invisible to you, but the food coloring helps you to see all of the movement taking place.

  • Press another dish soap covered cotton swab into the milk and see if there are anymore fat molecules that haven’t been found. If you still see movement, there were still some fat molecules on the loose!”

  • Extension: You may like to try the magic milk experiment with other types of milk. Observe what happens and keep a record of how the milk behaves with each type of milk. Did you observe a difference?

 

 

Sensory Play : Cow Sensory Bin

Objectives

  1. Recognise the individual letters that make up the word ‘cow’

  2. Develop finger strength through scissors-cutting practice and breaking spaghetti

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Dye the uncooked spaghetti green (to dye any type of sensory base, follow the steps in this video)

  • Once dry, add the green dyed spaghetti into an empty container or bin

  • Wipe down the pandan leaves and add them into the container

  • Cut out the images from the sensory bin printable and attach them to the paper clip stands

  • Cut out the letter discs and tape them each to a cup

 

Activity 1:

  • Encourage child to make pretend food for the cows to feed on

  • Break the green dyed spaghetti into shorter pieces using fingers

  • Demonstrate cutting the pandan leaves with the scissors

    • Point out how the fingers holding the pandan leaf is positioned away from the scissor blades

    • Point out how the fingers are gripping the handle of the scissors and how they move to make the scissors cut the leaf

  • Then, provide child with a child-friendly scissors to cut the remaining pandan leaves with

  • At the end, mix everything up in the bin to make pretend grass. This will be the sensory base for the following activity

 

Activity 2:

  • Include the other accessories into the sensory bin: farmhouse cut out, cows cut outs, cups with letter discs taped on

  • Invite child to fill the 3 cups with the

  • When child plays with the cows, prompt child to name the letter on each cow

  • Prompt child to use the tongs to fill the 3 cups with the pretend grass

  • Then match the filled cups to the corresponding cow

    • Example: Cow A can only feed from Cup A

  • Repeat for remaining letters