Most of my Storytimes include a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald” accompanied by an assortment of farm animal stuffies that I pull out of a library bag at the appropriate moment. Kids love it. Parents anticipate naming the farm animals with their kids, and I thoroughly enjoy performing this bit of Storytime magic.
Last week, however, I got tired of pulling the animals out of a bag so I decided to build them a proper home out of a 12- x 18-inch corrugated carton shipping box and lots of glue.
I resized and printed on tabloid-sized paper an image of a barn that I liked from the ‘net (tip of the hat to whoever designed this one) …
… and thoroughly gluesticked it to the box.
Then I decided the bottom needed finishing, so I went for some grass:
(Next time I’ll start with the bottom sheets first.)
Here are a few images of the prototype I made last week:
Today the editor inside of me decided to make it a bit better, so I’ve been tinkering with the barn images a lot.
I also decided that the bottom would be better as hay, not grass (duh!).
I’m still not happy with the box’s non-barnlike roofline, but hey – it’s a box from which animals magically appear and as such it “does the trick.”
PHOTO > Mom Sandie (thanks!)
Here are some JPEGs of my reworked barn and hay …
Much nicer, eh?
If you’d like to build yourself a replica, here’s a tabloid-sized (11 x 17 inches) PDF of the barn and hay ready to print and glue down whenever you decide to give your farm animals a proper home. I mean, who likes living in a bag?
PDF TEMPLATE > OLD MacDONALD’S CARDBOARD BARN
NO GIRAFFES IN THIS BARN!