Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm


Developed by:Nosy Crow


Ages 2-5

A collection of silly and fun poems about mixed-up animals, we love this app for its exploration of poetry, rhymes, phonetics, and imagination. Children will love all the animal combinations they can create while moving the upper or lower halves of animals they recognize!

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.

  1. Farm Animals.Ask your child what animals they would expect to find on a farm? (Cow!) What noises do they make? (Moo!) Why might the farmer be raising the animals? (Milk!) Reviewing farm animals will make the app that much more amusing when children see the silly animal mix-ups!
  2. Poetry.Read poetry with your child. For a story with some similarities to Flip Flap Farm, try a storytime that includes Jack Prelutsky’s Scranimals with pictures by Peter Sís.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.

  1. Counting Sheep.Can your child count how many combinations they can make with a single animal’s top or bottom? This activity might be best done on the “Read by Myself” setting so you do not have to listen to the text from start to finish with each animal if you would rather not, or if your child does not have the attention span yet. Help those math skills along while finding a whole lot of silly animal creations!
  2. Phonetics.Look at the top half of the animal together, and ask your child to identify it. Help them emphasize the first sound in the animal – the “gah” in “goat” for instance. To which animal does the bottom half belong? Focus on the sound at the second half of the animal – the “eep” in “sheep” for example. Now think about the newly combined animal. What would they call it? It does not matter if their name does not match the name in the poem. They will still be thinking about sound and word combinations, and getting their creative juices flowing. Tell them the name in the app. Do they like it? Can they hear both animal names in it? If your child can already read, you could try covering up the name, which is in the bottom left hand corner, for the first part of the activity and then helping them sound it out and read it themselves.
  3. Rhyming.Help your child learn about rhyming by asking them to clap when they hear a word that rhymed with another word. For example, if you read the stanza that goes along with the bottom half of the goat, “I’m very proud of my four hooves,/ below my nice white socks./ I love to climb up mountain tracks, and jump among the rocks,” the goal would be for your child to clap when they hear “rocks.” Then see if they can find or remember the other word in the rhyming pair. If they cannot remember or are not yet able to read, try reading the stanza again. Extend this activity by drawing pictures of the rhyming words. Draw pictures of other rhyming words that are not in the poem. You can also find sets of rhyming cards online to use.

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities.

  1. Animal Creations.What other animals can your child invent beyond the farm? Help them think of animals from the ocean or jungle. What new animal combinations can they create? Encourage them to make up new names as they go. What type of activities would one of these animals do—a snonkey (half snake half monkey), for example? How would they behave? Have them draw a picture. They will practice their vocabulary, brainstorming, and storytelling skills in this activity.
  2. Movement.Animals move in very different ways. Some of these ways are described in the poetry of Flip Flap Farm. Tell your child to try moving like they imagine the animals in the story do. Get ready for some giggles! Encourage them to explain their motions as they act them out.
  3. Imagine.Ask your child to imagine they have their very own farm. Tell them that they can have any kind of animals they would like to raise and grow any kind of food their heart desires. What would their farm look like? What animals would they keep? What food would they grow? How would they care for these specific animals and crops? Would they require any unusual chores? Encourage your child to write (or tell you a story) about life on the farm and/or draw a picture of their imaginary world.