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*Letter C > C is for Cow
*Letter D > D is for Dairy

Animals > Farm > Cow

Crafts >
* Dairy Basket Gift Craft w/Gift & Recipe Cards
* DLTK's Dairy Duo Craft

Holidays & Events >
March > Nutrition Month

> Dairy Month & Int'l Picnic Day (18th)
July > Cow Appreciation Day (18th) & Nat'l Picnic Month

Mini-theme >
Picnic Theme 

Nutrition > Dairy Products

Online Puzzles >
C is for Cow
Cow [bilingual]

When it comes to activities related to dairy products it is hard to do any better than the staff at Nutrition Explorations.  These two wonderful activities (links below) are great and lots of fun.  These include all necessary printable materials (templates) and easy to follow instructions. I've had wonderful results and feedback from children as young as 3 years old.   Make sure to bookmark these wonderful nutrition and learning resource. 

Activity > from Nutrition Explorations:  Five Dairy Cows and their Dairy Treats
This activity contains printable finger puppets, easy instructions, and a great newsletter to send home.  

Activity > from Nutrition Explorations:  A Dairy Treat Day
This activity reviews the activity above and takes the children on a wonderful day of tasting dairy products with a printable Tasting Passport.  There is a description and instructions to make a tasting survey activity.  No surprise here that ice cream is at the top of the survey!  There is also sheet music and song included.

This book is a lot of fun and is in the list recommended by Nutrition Explorations:  Ellen Jackson's  Brown Cow, Green Grass, and Yellow Mellow Sun. Hyperion, 1995.    

The above activities are recommended for 4 and 5 year olds, but these are also a lot of fun for younger children, adapt as necessary.

Activities > Printable Crafts 
Below are supplementary craft activities.  The first is a simple dairy basket that children under three can put together.  The second option is also a  dairy basket with a gift card and recipe cards that can be used for many gift giving occasions and special events listed in the activities column.  

Craft 1: Option 1- Dairy Basket Craft - Ages 2+

This is  an easy craft for the little ones to remember the nutritional benefits of dairy products and the older ones will like it as well.  Color version only.  All you need for option one is a piece of paper or card card stock, scissors and glue.  Since this craft is basket you can adapt the activities to a picnic atmosphere.

All the pieces are in one template and it makes a cute decoration.  Cut pieces and assemble - refer to illustration.

Craft 2:  Option 2 - Dairy Basket Craft w/Gift & Recipe cards  Ages 2+ with help
In this version the basket is printed twice and serves as an gift envelope for recipe cards provided and a small gift card to attach to the handle.

1.  Print template option 1 (baskets), template 2 (images for basket and gift card), template 3 (recipe cards).  Cut all templates.  The basket and recipe cards are great scissor cutting practice for older children.
2.  Glue basket templates back to back only on the edges leaving an opening on the top (handle).   Recommendation:  Apply glue up to where the handles start.
3.  Assemble and glue images in template#2 on one side of the basket.
4. Adult can help write some favorite dairy recipes:  smoothies, shakes, etc.  (see the recipes in Nutrition Explorations). Insert the cards inside the basket.

 Child care providers and educators may want to insert newsletter inside as well.  

5.  Optional:  punch a hole in the handle and small gift card.  Insert a ribbon or decorative string through the hole in the handle and gift card, make a knot. 

Activity >
Alphabet Activities
This is a good opportunity to present alphabet letter C is for Cow lesson plan printable activities.

Alphabet Letter D Practice > DLTK's Dairy Duo Craft
This is a great craft features milk and cheese, and it is available in color and black and white for children as young as two.  It is a great way to practice letter D is for Dairy 

Activity > Online Jigsaw Puzzles >
Skills >
Problem solving, computer skills (mouse), and letter recognition
Letter C Cow | Cow 
These are two fun 6-piece online puzzles that can be adapted from 6 to 247 pieces with different shapes the entire family can enjoy.  Revisit and increase the difficulty level as the children grow.

Dairy Basket Craft

Option 1

Option 2
1 & 2

Recipe Cards
Template 3  

Letter C Cow printable activities

Dairy Duo Craft

Review other printable activities listed in the lesson plan

*paper or construction paper
*glue or glue stick
hole punch
string or ribbon

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