Making horses in preschool with sticks and yarn

The past week the children at preschool have been exploring animals on the farm. In one of the activity boxes were craft sticks and some strips of yarn…

It wasn’t obvious to the children how these materials could be used to make farm animals so I sat at a table and made my own horse. I got a few giggles from the children out of it – I really don’t see why:)…

It didn’t take long before the children started making their own horses too…

We had a full horse farm going including a farmer that really needs a haircut…

And a horse corral to keep our horses from wondering off….

And the best part was shuffling all the pieces back up into one big pile so we could start over…

I always find it hard to find horse activities that the children can really participate in but they loved this song that we sang…

High Stepping Horses

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High stepping horses,

High stepping horses,

High stepping horses,

Clippety, clippety clop!

(Make fist go up and down as you sing or chant the words)

Change the word “high, soft, loud, fast, slow…”


Riding on a Horses Back

by Deborah J. Stewart

I’m riding on a horses back

He’s taking me down the track

When he goes, “clippety-clop”

I go, “bumpety-bump”

Riding on a horses back!

(Now repeat but say “Giddeup horsey” to make the song go faster and “Whoa horsey” to slow the song back down again).

And the teachers whipped up a few horses for the children to play with…

Here are a few horse links you may like to check out as well…

Paper plate horse by Our Crafts-N-Things

Handprint horses by Our Crafts -N-Things

Stick horses by Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi

Footprint horses by Miller Moments

Farm week by Teach Preschool

By |2011-05-03T13:39:57+00:00May 3rd, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Laral May 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing. Those are very cute!

  2. Jessi May 4, 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Thanks for the link! I love your idea, too. I’m going to have to bookmark this for my farm unit! 🙂

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