Connecting literacy to crafts is one of the ways we help our preschoolers learn to make connections to text and one of the ways we engage them and excite them about text. A simple craft can help improve your child’s love of reading as well as their comprehension skills.
Today’s connection to literature for our preschoolers is going to be creating their own Big Red Barn, complete with all of their barnyard friends.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Make personal connection to text

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Make personal connection to text

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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Big Red Barn Template

Big Red Barn Craft

*White Paper

*Crayons

*Scissors

*Glue

Step #1
Print out our Big Red Barn Craft Template.
Step #2
Trace the dotted lines on the barn and color in the barn.
Step #3
Cut out the animals and the barn.
Cut the barn door along the yellow lines. You do not want to cut the doors all the way off; they should be able to open and close when you are done.
Step #4
Glue the barn onto a piece of white paper with the barn doors open.
  • You do not want to glue the doors to the paper. You want to be able to open and close the barn door when you’re all done with this project.
Step #5
While the barn doors are open, glue the animals inside the barn.

Teacher Tip

If your preschooler isn’t read for cutting and you want to cut down on prep time, you can use farm animal stickers instead of the animals on the printable.

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