Big Red Barn Activities

This set of no-prep Big Red Barn activities is a great way to work on early math, literacy, and more skills with your preschoolers.

Here’s a worksheet packet full of different farm activities for preschoolers designed to be a great companion to your next read through Margaret Wise Brown’s Big Red Barn storybook.

Big Red Barn Activities

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to learn about life on the farm.

After reading Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, try some of the fun, hands-on activities and printables I’ve shared below.

Getting Started

To get started, share a fun farm animals video with your preschoolers. This will help set the stage for your upcoming activities.

Create a farm-themed playdough invitation for your preschoolers to use. Provide playdough, plastic animals, and a small plastic barn. Kids can create farm scenes and explore animal tracks with the playdough while you read aloud.

Big Red Barn Story Elements

In this printable pack, you’ll find several worksheets that will help your preschoolers focus on various parts of the story.

First, they’ll draw and dictate their favorite part of the story. They can also draw and write about their favorite farm animal from the story.

Teach them setting – where the story takes place. Have them draw and write about the setting of Big Red Barn.

Big Red Barn Literacy Activities

Letter tracing pages allow preschoolers to practice letter recognition, beginning sounds, and handwriting practice.

Each page features a farm animal or object from the story, the letter that image begins with, and the name of that image spelled out and used in a sentence.

Kids can color the picture, trace both capital and lowercase letters, the name of the picture, and a “__ is for ___” alphabet sentence. There are letter tracing pages featuring the letters B, D, P, G, H, S, & R.

Labeling pages help kids build vocabulary. Kids will label a cow, a goose, and a pig.


Counting to ten is an important skill for preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on. Kids will count various objects found in the story.

Tracing numbers 1-20 gives kids practice in handwriting and number recognition.


Prewriting skills help kids get ready for handwriting and letter formation. Kids will practice tracing lines from left to right.

For more farm fine motor fun, kids will complete cutting practice pages, tracing pages, and dab-a-dot activity pages.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about the farm. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy's FarmBig Red BarnOver on the Farm


Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm – Uh-oh. Mrs. Wishy-Washy is at it again. Rubbing and scrubbing all the animals on the farm. But this time they aren’t standing for it. Duck, Cow, and Pig are leaving mean old Mrs. Wishy-Washy for good!

 Big Red Barn – Margaret Wise Brown’s simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps, has charmed generations of children.

Over on the Farm – Welcome to the farm, where pigs roll, goats nibble, horses gallop, hens peck, and turkeys strut! Count, clap, and sing along to the classic tune of “Over in the Meadow” while learning about life on a classic farm.

Our Favorite Farm Resources

Toddlers and preschoolers will love moving the animals around the farm in this farm playset travel toy.

This Fun on the Farm John Deere playset includes tractors, trailers, farm animals, farmer, and more!

Add some Old MacDonald Had a Farm finger puppets to your pretend play area, and your kids will act out their favorite farm stories over and over again.

Use this life cycle of a cow worksheet to teach your little ones how these adorable creatures change and grow from calf to adult. It’s the perfect addition to your life cycle activities for kids.

Choose one of more of these engaging Farm Board Books to read to your toddlers and preschoolers throughout your farm-themed unit.

Download Your Printables

Get your no-prep Big Red Barn Book Buddy in the shop here.

This activity pack includes 60 no-prep pages your preschoolers will love. Each page includes instructions to complete the activity.

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