Farm Animal Ring Toss Game

This animal ring toss is a fun gross motor game with a farm theme.Farm Animal Ring Toss Game - a fun gross motor game

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For this month’s Book Club Play Date we are looking at Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown.

The author is most famous for writing the children’s classic book Goodnight Moon. Big Red Barn introduces all the animals, where you can find them, what they’re doing, and what sound they make. It’s a gentle, calming book that ends with all the animals (apart from the mice!) going to sleep in the barn.

I decided to make a game based around the animals in the book. We haven’t done any organised gross motor games recently, so I thought I’d make a ring toss game from paper plates! I didn’t think I could do all the animals from the book, so decided on just six. I wanted to make each ring represent an animal – adding an extra complication to the game to try and match it up to the right peg!

  • Cow – Black spots painted onto a white plate (even though the cow in the book is brown – sorry!)
  • Pig – Painted the plate pink, then added a pipe cleaner curly tail
  • Rooster – Black and brown feathers, then felt details
  • Mouse – Painted the plate brown, then added ears and tail
  • Goose – Yellow felt beak and feet
  • Sheep – cotton wool

As a collection they looked rather good!Farm Animal Ring Toss Game

To make the pegs, I printed out some corresponding farm animal pictures from onto white card, cut them out and taped them to 12″ wooden dowels.Farm Animal Ring Toss Game

When we were ready to play, I pushed the pegs into the grass, and gave all the rings to my son.Farm Animal Ring Toss Game

His is developing his throwing skills so he started out quite close to the pegs – but loved matching up the right ring with the right peg!


Once he had completed the game, he started all over again! He wasn’t interested in standing a certain distance away  – but we’ll work up to that!

Farm Animal Ring Toss Game

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If you would like more farm themed activities, then check out the other Book Club Play Date activity ideas from my co-hosts!

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