This post is sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers.

If I had to choose a favorite food group, dairy would probably be the winner (despite my love of bacon). Dairy gives us so many delicious things: cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and my all-time favorite, chocolate milk.

Magical Milk: A Homeschool Lesson About Dairy and Dairy Farming

Kids love milk, too. Most kids can tell you that we get milk from cows, but do they know all the other great things we get from dairy cows? Since June is dairy month, this month’s agriculture lesson will talk about how milk gets to our table, and all the wonderful things that are made from milk.

The lesson and activities below are most appropriate for preschool through 2nd grade, but there’s lots of great information for all ages. Grab a cold glass of milk and take a look at these great resources.

Magical Milk: A Homeschool Lesson About Dairy and Dairy Farms

Download Lesson (pdf)

Download Activity Worksheet (pdf)

You can also check out my interviews with Jones Robotic Dairy Farm, who uses robots to milk their cows, and with Ken Hoeing, the dairy farmer chosen as the 2014 Indianapolis 500 Milkman.

Related Activities

Milk Painting

To go along with this lesson, my friend Sarah at This Farm Family’s Life has some great dairy-themed crafts, including Milk Painting, a great way to incorporate art into your lesson!

Other Activities:

Where is My Milk From?

How to Make Butter in a Jar

Virtual Field Trip to a Dairy Farm

Practice Hand-Milking a “Cow”

From Farm to Fork – Made From Milk

Moovelous Doubles Math Activity

How Many Spots? Counting Activity

Brown Cow, Brown Cow, What Do You See? Reading Activity

Recommended Reading

It's Milking Time

It’s Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf

The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons

Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki

Moo! Moo! Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk? by Phillis Gershator

Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis Root

From Cow to Ice Cream by Bertram Knight

 

Stay tuned next month for another fun homeschooling unit that ties agricultural education in with math, reading, science, and more! In the meantime, find lots more fun homeschooling ideas on my Homeschool Pinterest Board. And don’t miss last month’s lesson, Where’s the Beef?!