Fat & Skinny Cows Dream Activity

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This is a fun activity that we did to go along with the Bible story of Joseph during Gv's Latticed Learning time.

I wanted to come up with something to correspond with Joseph's interpretations of dreams and during the first day of the week, while we were listening to the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat soundtrack, I got an idea during one of the songs.

With the Elvis-inspired rhythm of Song of the King still pulsing in my head, I sat down and whipped up this Fat & Skinny Cows Dream printable.  You can download your free copy here and this is what you'll need to direct your child to do:

First, cut out all the cows, mix up the pieces, and then spread them out onto your work surface.  Have your child sort them into groups on the two clouds.  Gustily sing along with us, hip-gyrations optional:

Well I was wandering along
by the banks of the river 
When seven fat cows
came up out of the Nile, 

And right behind 
these fine healthy animals 
came seven other cows, 
skinny and vile, 

Even though the fat cows show up before the skinny cows, Gv put the skinny cows all on the left.  I decided I wasn't in a persnickety enough mood to have her switch them, so I let her just glue them down like this.

After the cows are all glued down, have your child draw a line from one skinny cow to one fat cow (because the skinny ones ate the fat ones).

Well the thin cows ate the fat cows 
which I thought would do them good, 
But it didn't make them fatter 
like such a monster supper should 

Gv then added her own spin on this activity, because she decided to color in the fat cows with fat markers and the skinny cows with skinny markers.

Bonus points for an activity's extension that wasn't anticipated!

We just had fun with this little project.  It gave Gv a chance to cut and glue (which she loves) and then allowed her the opportunity to practice sorting skills and one-to-one correspondence, along with counting all the cows.

Plus, it gave us an excuse to keep looping Song of the King on the iPod as we sang and danced along to its fun beat.

Hey, hey, hey Joseph
Won't you tell poor old Pharaoh
What does this crazy dream mean?
Oh yeah

So what do you think?  Ready to rock out to Elvis-influenced tunes while sorting out these crazy cows?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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