Growing up in an urban environment, there’s one thing you know your children are missing out on. A trip to the rural areas and seeing a real live farm with animals is rare these days. Don’t you want to let your kids know where their food comes from, get into more outdoor activities, see a more rustic side to Brisbane and enjoy some lovely animal encounters? Visit the countryside or stay on a farm teaches kids skills that can never be taught in the classroom.
Here are the reasons why every child should experience a visit to a farm.
Teaches children where their food comes from:
Farming is educational, and teaching your children where exactly their food comes from is a lesson itself. Children will see the hard work and effort that goes into planning, growing and harvesting crops as well as raising and caring for livestock. Understanding the farming process can help children to be grateful for their food.
Teaches the life cycle:
On a farm visit, children encounter the natural world, appreciating the compromise between human needs, animal welfare and wildlife. They learn the fact that where there is live stock there is dead stock too. The cycle of life is hard to teach and even harder to accept. Being on the farm brings the joys of new life and the sadness of lost life. And it is the cycle of life, hard and rewarding at the same time. When they make the connection between farm animals and the food chain or see the uncultivated margin around a cereal field where wild flowers and insects flourish, or learn how drought, flooding and bush-fires can destroy crops, they see the tough decisions that need to be made if we are to feed ourselves.
Farming for kids is a great way to learn responsibility. Feeding and watering, cleaning and grooming, building and fixing are daily tasks that farmers do. This allows children to learn the skills necessary to care for other living things while also learning the responsibility required for the organic production of farm-grown foods. This responsibility can transfer to other areas of a child’s life including classroom activity and social interaction with others.
Teaches life skills:
The children who are going to be working on a farm need to have all their work up to date, which proved to be an excellent motivation. Farming with children is very rewarding and gives children an insight into where food comes from and how much energy it takes to grow it, as well as teaching them valuable life skills such as responsibility, problem-solving, and decision making.
Teaches how to care for animals:
The time children spend on a farm is very important. A child helping out on a farm learns that the lives of animals matter. Farming teaches them why and how different animals receive different feed, why they require different types of shelter and need different care at different times.
Teaches them that hard work results in sweet rewards:
Farming teaches children how to work hard to increase production of vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat. They will also know that farming is one of the hardest jobs and at the end, it is very rewarding.
Teaches safety skills:
Visiting a farm can be great fun and very different from living in the city. Children on farms often help around the farm, looking after animals, working with adults, mending things or shifting stock and feed. While working on the farm they can learn the skills, being responsible when they are doing a task and keeping themselves safe. They learn to keep their guard up at all times to protect themselves while doing farming activities.
Teaches problem solving skills:
The children who are actively engaged with farming activities are developing knowledge, skills and have an understanding that helps them to make sense of the importance of farming. The area of learning and solving problems include feeding animals, fixing fences, pulling weeds, fixing watering systems, planting crops etc. They learn ways to get chores done efficiently and develop problem-solving skills.
Awareness of weather and mother nature:
Because of children’s inquisitive minds, they are eager to know why things are the way they are and will ask many questions about their immediate environment. The children who experience farming will develop positive attitudes about themselves, natural life, weather and mother nature. It helps to develop respect for and appreciation of all forms of nature and a greater appreciation to understand the relationship between habitats and humans. As a farmer they will be aware of weather and observers of the environment.
Greater appreciation for food:
Spending time on a farm will change the way to see food. Children are more likely to waste less and eat a greater variety of foods. They gain knowledge about food and nutrition which will help motivate them to eat sensibly. Eating fresh food enhances children’s appreciation for healthier and diverse foods.
If you would like your children to experience a visit to a farm and if you are searching for a Gold Coast farmstay where you can let your children enjoy and experience farm activities contact Clandulla Cottages & Farmstay via phone at (+617) 5543 0990.