Rachel and I attended Fun on the Farm Fridays at Heritage Farmstead yesterday. It's a parent and child program that involves some hands-on farm activities as well as a storytime and a craft. This program was all about sheep. Baaaa!
We got there a little early. Rachel enjoyed picking up little pieces of gravel and running back and forth along the fence...
...running some more...and laughing...and clutching her little handfuls of gravel...
We looked at plants (and one of us picked a pretty purple flower that I'm sure we weren't supposed to pick - oopsie!).
I enjoyed looking at the 1809 Kitchen Garden. Such wonderful aromas from all the great classic herbs grown there.
Rachel was just fascinated with the scarecrow. She kept pointing and saying, "Look at dat, Mommy. Look at dat!"
The program started in the little red 1-room school house where we listened to Ms. Victoria read, "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep" by Teri Sloat.
Rachel really enjoyed sitting at her own little desk.
Next we learned about pulling and spinning wool.
Rachel tried but quickly lost interest.
She was much more interested in checking out the spinning wheel. It actually spun so it was much more entertaining than the silly stick and fluffy wool:)
Next we walked over to meet some real sheep. At first Rachel was a little frightened. She came over to me with her arms up and said, "Up! Up! I want uuuup!". I picked her up and we talked a little about the sheep. Eventually she wanted to get back down to check them out on her own.
We watched some of the other children feeding the sheep and I was amazed when she said she wanted to feed the sheep too. But she did a great job and didn't flinch or get scared.
On our way to the barn we took a detour down to the creek. Everyone hold the handrail!
Everyone took turns throwing their rocks in the creek. Who doesn't love throwing rocks in a creek?
Rachel didn't want to leave. That's my little nature lover :)
Then we had to stop and look at a few others things on our way to the barn. Everything is exciting to a toddler.
We finally caught up with the group and made it to the barn to do our sheep craft project. Rachel covered her sheep with glue...
Then she put pieces of wool on her sheep. Baaaa!
As we walked around earlier, Rachel saw the tractor and got scared. She even wanted me to hold her as we walked by it. So when I found out that we were going to take a tractor ride, I figured that we would probably have to skip that part. But I let Rachel watch the other kids get on and then asked her if she wanted to ride. My brave little girl conquered her fears and said, "Yes!"
...and she had a blast!
At one point during the ride I looked down and notice her little hand clasped closed.
Surprise! She was still holding on to that gravel...
Hello again, Sheep!
Rachel used the corn mill to grind up corn to feed the chickens.
Checking out the chickens. Rachel said, "Hey little chickens!" in such a sweet little voice.
She wanted to just hold the corn and let the chickens eat out of her hand like the sheep had done. I kept telling her to just throw it in the pen but she said, "I don't want to". The chickens were very interested in the food and I was getting a little antsy. Fortunately, the little booger finally threw the corn. Thank goodness because Mommy was about to have Chicken Piccata for dinner if one of them pecked the baby girl's hand while she was trying to feed them.
We enjoyed a cup of cold water under a shady tree.
And how convenient! Now we have empty cups to collect more gravel to bring home and scatter throughout Mommy's car. Yeah!
Note: No gravel was kidnapped from Heritage Farmstead at the conclusion of this program. Mommy offered to hold the cup and "accidently" spilled it when the little one wasn't watching....and she never seemed to miss it. Sneaky Mommy!
Heritage Farmstead is located at 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075 and their phone number is 972-881-0140. Their fall preschool programs are from 10:30 - 12:00 on Fridays and cost $8.50 per parent/child combo. Here is the schedule for upcoming programs:
October 15, 2010 - Lets Go Camping
October 29, 2010 - Let’s Build A Scarecrow
November 12, 2010 - I Spy A Bird
November 19, 2010 - The WILD WILD West