Creating the Animals
1. Brainstorm with your child to figure out what animals to use for their farm. They can create their favorite farm animals such as pigs, ducks, cows, horses, and chickens.
2. Glue the colorful cotton balls together to make the different animal bodies. Use pink for the pigs, yellow for the ducks, brown for the horses and so on. For the cows, use black or white or just use white and draw black spots on them with the markers. Allow the glue on the cotton balls to dry completely.
3. Cut the pipe cleaners to the size of the legs, tails, and if you want, the ears. Allow some space for folding the bottoms of the pipe cleaners (this will make it easier to glue them onto the cotton balls). If you do not want your child to do the cutting, you do this step. Otherwise, let your child use safety scissors to cut the pipe cleaners to size.
4. Fold the tips of the pipe cleaners and glue them onto the cotton balls for the legs, tails, and ears of the animals. Allow the glue to dry completely. You can also use tiny, colorful cotton balls instead of pipe cleaners.
5. Once the glue is dry, work on the face. There are a few choices for making the faces for your animals. Use the googly eyes as the eyes. An alternative for the eyes is pieces of construction paper, tiny cotton balls, or small round foam stickers. You can also use these pieces as the mouth, nose, and ears. Talk to your child and see how he or she wants to create the face. They may want to create the face of one animal in one way, and the face of another animal in a different way. There is nothing wrong with mixing it up a little.