Teaching children all the names for groups of animals could be boring - or you could also teach them about persistence, care for others, problem solving, gratefulness, and community by reading "Herd of Cows! Flock of Sheep!" by Rick Walton. "Herd of Cows! Flock of Sheep!" by Rick Walton.
Farmer Bob has been working long and hard to get all produce in the barn before the rain comes. He finally completes the job, but only after many sleepless nights. He is so tired in fact, that when the rains do come and sweep him and his bed away into the river he does not even stir. As various groups of animals see his plight, they determine to save him before he goes over the waterfall, no matter what it takes.
Books for Children Ages: 3 to 6 years old
Recommended for Family Reading: Older children will enjoy reading the story, be stretched by the vocabulary, and may learn a few new collective nouns too - I know I did.
Related Discussion Topics: Helping others, not giving up, ingenuity, being thankful, planning ahead.
- Make a whole flock of your own sheep.
- What you need: cotton balls, black felt, glue.
- What you do: Cut out ears, mouths, and feet from the black felt. Glue to the cotton ball bodies. Play sheep.
- If your favorite animal is not listed in the book, look up in an encyclopia or online to see what a whole group of them are called.
- Write a thank you note (or just color a picture and send it) to someone who has helped you recently.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book