Did you know there are early learning opportunities at the Pennsylvania Farm Show?

Each year, Pennsylvania hosts the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. The event showcases the quality and breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show offers something for everyone, young and old, farmers and non-farmers, foodies and just people who like to have fun. Aside from food and entertainment, the Pennsylvania Farm Show offers an opportunity to get an up-close view of how food goes from farm to fork, and learn about Pennsylvania agriculture.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is held January 3, 2020 to January 11, 2020 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. See the schedule of events to help plan your family’s visit.

Family Resources for the Pennsylvania Farm Show

PA’s Promise for Children has several resources available for you to use at the Pennsylvania Farm Show to help your child learn. 

Even if you are not able to come to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, you can still use the resources at home, in school, or within your community.

Early Learning Activities

There are many early learning opportunities while visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Even if you’re not able to make it to the Farm Show, you can do these activities with your child at home, in school, or in your community. Click below to view the early learning activities for children birth through Kindergarten. 

  • Cows and other animals: Count the legs on a cow. Help your child identify what other animals have the same number of legs as a cow. Can you find an animal with two legs?
  • Quilting: A quilt can have many different colors. Help your child identify the different colors on a quilt. A quilt can also have different shapes of fabric. Help your child identify the different shapes, like square, rectangle, star, or circle.
  • Sheep, Pigs and other items: A sheep may feel soft, while a pig may feel rough. Help your child identify other items that may feel soft (like a blanket) and items that may feel rough (like a piece of wood). What other words can you use to describe items? How about smooth, wet, or cold?
  • PA State Police: Police officers are community helpers and help keep us safe. What other types of community helpers are available? (Fire fighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, teachers, veterinarians, forest rangers, crossing guards, etc.)
  • School Bus: Watch or ride the school bus with your child. What color is the school bus? Say hello to the school bus driver. How does the door to the school bus open and close? How many wheels does the school bus have? Are the other vehicles with the same number of wheels as the school bus?

Old MacDonald – Familiar children’s song. Use different farm animals in the traditional version, or use “…on that farm he grew some ________ (mushrooms, apples, pumpkins, etc.)”

Horsing Around – Sit your child in your lap and bounce your knees while saying “Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up Go!”  On “Go”, stop bouncing, move your knees apart and gently lower your child a few inches.  It’s sure to get a giggle!

Here is a Beehive – Here is a beehive, but where are the bees? (clench fist). Hiding away where nobody sees (point to fist). Here they come, crawling out of their hive (open fist, one at a time). One, two, three, four, five!

Animal Antics – Children can imitate the sounds that the animals make.  Adult can prompt them to, “Moo like a cow, neigh like a horse, cluck like a duck, etc.”

Animal Antics – Together with your toddler move/act like animals (hop like a bunny, gallop like a horse, snort like a pig, moo like a cow, flap your arms like a bird).  Ask your toddler, what other animal actions can we do?

Sensory – What did you see, hear, smell, and touch at the Farm Show or your home or community? What surprises did you find?

What do they eat? – Ask your toddler to think about what the different animals eat. Do they eat grass? Do they eat meat? Talk about the differences between carnivores and herbivores.

Shape and Color Identification – Shapes and colors can be found everywhere around the Farm Show, your home or community. Help your toddler look around and identify the different shapes and colors that can be found. 

I Spy – Have an adult or your preschooler describe something that they spy in the environment. Use descriptive words (like round, or tall or blue) and have preschoolers guess what is being described. 

Animal Counting – Have children count how many of the same animal are in one area. 

Sensory – What did you and your preschooler see, hear, smell, and touch at the Farm Show or at home or in your community? What surprises did you find?

Comparing Size – Preschoolers can start learning about size differences by comparing the sizes of the animals, tractors, etc. Be sure to use words like: smaller, smallest, bigger, largest, etc.

Growing Food – When exploring the food at the Farm Show at home or in the community, prompt children by asking, “Who grew it? How did it get from the field to our plates? How long does it take to grow the items and then sell the items?” The book lists below also have books that feature foods. Ask your librarian to help you find one of the books to explore.

Scientific Thinking – There are many living and non-living things found at the Farm Show at home or in the community.  Explore the differences between the two and talk about how plants and animals grow and change. The book lists below also have books that feature foods. Ask your librarian to help you find one of the books to explore.

I Spy – Have an adult or your kindergartner describe something that they spy in the environment. Use descriptive words (like round, or tall or blue) and have kindergartners guess what is being described. 

Animal Counting – Have your kindergartner count how many of the same animal are in one area. 

Sensory – What did you and your kindergartner see, hear, smell, and touch at the Farm Show or at home or in your community? What surprises did you find?

Comparing Size – Kindergartners can start learning about size differences by comparing the sizes of the animals, tractors, etc. Be sure to use words like: smaller, smallest, bigger, largest, etc.

Growing Food – When exploring the food at the Farm Show at home or in the community, prompt your kindergartner by asking, “Who grew it? How did it get from the field to our plates? How long does it take to grow the items and then sell the items?” The book lists below also have books that feature foods. Ask your librarian to help you find one of the books to explore.

Scientific Thinking – There are many living and non-living things found at the Farm Show at home or in the community.  Explore the differences between the two and talk about how plants and animals grow and change. The book lists below also have books that feature foods. Ask your librarian to help you find one of the books to explore.

A Family Guide to Exploring the Pennsylvania Farm Show

The 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show provides opportunities for you and your family to learn and explore new and exciting experiences.

This resource, A Family Guide to Exploring the Pennsylvania Farm Show, can help you make the most of your visit.

Activities of Interest

Does your child have a fascination with cows? Chickens? Tractors? Here’s a handy list of events and activities at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show that may be of interest to families with young children. Click here to print Activities of Interest.

Five Senses at the Farm Show

Use your five senses to explore the Pennsylvania Farm Show or their community. This one-page printable helps young children and their families to smell, hear, see, touch and taste for a full experience. Click here to print Using Your Five Senses at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Search at the Farm Show

Download Search at the Farm Show, then help your child find each item on the list. Cross off or circle each item as you see them.  

Not at the Farm Show? No worries! Visit your local library for a book that contains the items. The Book Recommendations (below) contain the items from Search at the Farm Show. 

 

Book Recommendations

Looking for a book with items or subjects associated with the Pennsylvania Farm Show? Visit your local library and ask your librarian to help find the books from the lists below. Use the books to explore your child’s interests or introduce them to new ones. Use the Search at the Farm Show sheets (above) to help your child look for and find items within the books. 

One Reply to “Learning at the PA Farm Show”

  1. papromisewebsite says:

    Mom, Sadia, shares her experience at the #PAFarmShow with daughter, Ehlaam, and the availability of the Family Guide to the PA Farm Show.

    “This gives me so much joy to inform you that our visit to the PA Farm Show was fabulous. Ehlaam did wonderful. I’m so grateful to you for the Family Guide opportunity and sharing all the wonderful things about the PA Farm Show that motivated me to take my daughter to the Farm Show. Something that would be very beneficial next year for families with special needs to know is the availability of large changing tables for older kids and free kids cuff to write the name and phone number. We can’t wait to visit the Farm Show next year.”

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