If you’re looking for cow crafts and activities to bring your lessons to life, look no further. We’ve compiled 32 of the best cow crafts and activities that your students will love. Use these to introduce a concept to your students, to expand on a read-aloud, or to provide some sensory-based learning for your students. What’s great about these is that several of these crafts can be made with items around your house!
1. Make a Cow Pine Cone Cow
Try out this cute cow craft to get creative with your students. Go on a nature walk and have them find a pinecone. Then, use some felt, a pipe cleaner, and some googly eyes to transform the pinecone into an adorable cow.
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2. Make a Flower Pot Cow
Here’s a cool cow craft idea using clay flower pots. Assemble the flower pots into a cow by using a piece of twine to tie them together, and hot glue. Let your students get creative and decorate the cow with items like jute, felt, and yarn.
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3. Make a Footprint Cow
This footprint craft is adorable and would be perfect for a mother’s day or father’s day gift. Simply paint a child’s foot and then press it down onto a piece of construction paper. Kids can then decorate the cow right on the paper. You’ll have an adorable cow and a keepsake!
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4. Create a Golf Ball Cow
If you are looking for a more advanced cow craft, this one might work for your students, since there are several steps needed to complete this project. Using a golf ball and tees, have students use hot glue to assemble this. Finish it off with a felt head, and you’ll have an adorable cow.
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5. Do a Paper Cow Craft
Let students practice their scissors skills with this cute craft! Kids will need to cut out several strips of white paper and fold them to create a paper cow. They’ll love working on this project and the final product will be able to sit on their desks!
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6. Make a Paper Plate Cow
A simple, yet fun activity, try using a paper plate to create a cow. For this paper plate cow craft, students will need to cut out hearts in black and pink. They can glue on the black spots, add some eyes, and a pink circle for a snout, and they’ll have a fun paper plate cow.
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7. Make a Cow Mask
This is such a fun activity for preschool or kindergarten-aged students. Using a paper plate, have students decorate it by painting black spots, and adding ears, and a snout. Then, cut out eye holes and glue them on a popsicle stick to create a mask.
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8. Wear a Cow Headband
Cows are known for their floppy ears, so let your students wear them! Create a cow headband by decorating a piece of paper, rolling it up to create a hat, and adding some cute ears. Kids will love pretending to be a cow.
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9. Create a Tin Can Cow Bell
To try this activity out, you can download a free printable cow-patterned wrap. Cut out the wrap, and glue it onto a can. Then, punch a hole in the can with a nail, and string in some beads to create a bell.
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10. Make a Cow Bookmark
Chances are, your students are always looking for a bookmark. Have them follow these directions to fold a cow bookmark of their own! This basic craft is fun and will bring a smile to their faces each time they open their book.
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11. Milk a Cow Activity
If you’re looking for activities to strengthen motor skills, here’s a perfect one. Fill a latex glove with water or other liquid, and poke holes in the fingers. Then, have students squeeze out all the liquid, pretending to milk a cow.
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12. Read a Book about a Cow
There are so many wonderful books about cows that will get your children interested in them. Whether it’s Click, Clack, Moo, or Fudge the Jersey Cow, capture their imaginations with a fun book about a cow.
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13. Watch a Video about Cows
Learn something new about cows! Use this video from Kiddopedia to learn some new facts about the creatures. This would be perfect to expand on
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14. Take a Virtual Field Trip to a Dairy Farm
Take your class on a virtual field trip to a dairy farm to learn all about cows and how they produce milk. Students will learn from an expert and will get to experience the farm in a unique way.
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15. Do a Click Clack Moo Activity
Doreen Cronin’s Click, Clack, Moo is always a fun read with students. Pair it with this craft, which has a printable template for maximum fun. This activity is perfect for PreK through 2nd graders.
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16. Draw a Cow
For budding artists, this step-by-step guide on how to draw cows is perfect. Print out a copy for each student, or project this in front of your class. This is also a great way to practice following directions!
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17. Do a Cow Rhyming Activity
There are a ton of words that rhyme with a cow! Try out this cow rhyming activity called Cow Chow. Kids will be practicing their rhyming words and will have a lot of fun in the process.
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18. Make a Cow Sandwich!
For a tasty twist on learning about cows, have your children prepare cow sandwiches! Use whatever you have available, or follow the sample on this website. Have fun and eat up!
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19. Do some Farm Chores
Young children love to do dramatic play, so create a farm for them to try out doing farm chores. Kids will need to understand the chores necessary to keep cows healthy.
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20. Do an Interactive Unit on Cows
To show what your students have learned about cows, try creating this interactive folder. The layout of it is perfect for tactile and visual learners, and students will get the chance to share all they’ve learned about cows.
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21. Fold an Origami Cow
Here’s a more advanced cow paper craft: folding an origami cow. Have students watch this video and follow along. They’ll be practicing following directions, and will love the finished product.
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22. Make Cows Fly
For a cool STEM activity, challenge your students to engineer a way to make their cow toys fly. Provide them with some basic materials, and see what they come up with!
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23. Make a Cow Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are a wonderful way to encourage creative play. Create a cow or farm animal-based sensory bin for your little ones to dig into. You can use items from around your house for these bins.
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24. Do Cow Face Yoga
For a cow-related movement break, lead your students in some cow-face yoga. This video will walk them through how to do the yoga pose, and the movement will be great for their brains!
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25. Play Pin the Tail on the Cow
Update the classic game of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” to “Pin the Tail on the Cow!” Children will love this version, and it’s a perfect tie-in to anything cow-related that you’re learning about in the classroom.
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26. Create a Cow Finger Puppet
For this fun cow craft, you’ll need some felt, glue, and eyes. This video will guide students step-by-step and would be perfect for upper elementary or middle school students.
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27. Make a Hand Print Cow
If you love handprint crafts, this is a fun take on them. Trace a student’s hand, and flip it upside down to create the cow’s body. Then, cut out the head, ears, and tail, and assemble them to create a cow.
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28. Build a Cow
If you’re short on time or need a quick sub plan, try out this free printable cow craft. Students can practice their motor skills by cutting out the different pieces, and then will need to follow directions to glue them together.
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29. Do a Cow Letter Recognition Activity
Perfect for students who are learning letters, this activity will have students feeding a paper bag cow. Simply print out the template, glue the head onto a paper bag, and cut out the different letters. As they feed each letter to the cow, they’ll need to name it.
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30. Play a Down on the Farm Gross Motor Movement Game
For a movement break or to work on gross motor movements, have students play a Down on the Farm Game. They’ll choose a card that has directions like “Gallop like a horse” on it and will need to follow the directions.
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31. Do an Animal Habitat Sorting Game
Put your students’ knowledge of animal habitats to the test, by having them sort them into “On a Farm” and “Not on a Farm” piles. Use small plastic toys of cows, horses, chickens, and other farm animals to make this a fun tactile activity.
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32. Sing and Dance to a Cow Song
Dance to a fun cow-related song! There are so many on the internet, but Farmer Brown’s Cow is a great one to get students moooooving and grooving.
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