When planning an outing with little kids, the obvious alternatives are always movies, theatres and parks. Though a more enriching experience would be a real-life animal farm. Most farms, especially now that many of them are catering to tourists, have great offerings for a fun and fulfilling family day.
Even better, it’s more than likely that they’ll offer something for the entire family, so it can be a great way to spend a day together. Animal farms don’t just serve as distractions to keep kids entertained, they can actually help them understand complicated concepts, serve as examples of what they’ve learnt at school or at home, and allow them to work on their motor skills. Parents would be surprised at the number of benefits they could get from taking their kids to an animal farm.
The Overwhelming Sensory Experience
Take a moment to think of all the different textures kids can feel at a farm. There’s all the different crops and foods, there’s wet soil, grass, and hay, and of course, lots of different furs. Kids will go on a sensory overload as they get to experience the different smells and textures of animals. This can provide a great opportunity to get them to associate the different feelings with their corresponding words. It might be easier for them to remember what “smooth” means if they also get to experience what it feels like
They Practice Their Skills
It is extremely important for kids to practice the skills they learn at school, especially when it comes to their fine motor skills, and easy way to do that is by picking vegetables and fruits and feeding animals. Picking small fruits, such as berries, requires finesse. It’s not enough to just grab them and pull them from the ground. They need to be picked without damaging the ground or the roots and slightly dusted before ingesting. Kids can have a lot of fun doing this and their motor skills benefit from it.
The same goes for feeding animals. Some eat small seeds that need to be handled carefully so as not to drop them, and others, while eating larger vegetables, still need to be fed with tenderness. Kids can’t just shove some fruit into some animal’s face, they need to learn how to handle it with care and be in control of their hands, just like they’d need to do in school when practicing their crafts.
Furthermore, farms can also offer lots of activities to engage a kid’s cognitive development. They can offer farming classes that put their skills to the test, and some even have pop questions at different milestones so that kids solidify their knowledge. Some farms even have mazes, which are wonderful for teaching problem solving and boosting a child’s confidence.
Understanding the Cycle of Life
Many adults fail to completely understand where food is made, so naturally, many kids have a hard time grasping the concept as well. A farm can be a safe environment to begin introducing them to the cycle of life. They can learn about farm life and the food chain with your help or the help of trained staff.