It’s clear that in our world, technology reigns supreme, but it’s important to occasionally remind ourselves of simpler days. If you have children, this rings especially true. It’s important for children and adolescents to unplug and gain new experiences. There’s no better way to make that happen than to plan a family activity to take them back to the farming lifestyle. The following are just a few ideas for fun family activities to make you all get a sense of nostalgia and possibly even feel like farmers.
Learn to Use a Butter Churn
This would not only serve as a physical activity for your family, but would also provide a valuable lesson in the history of food and how it was made. Children today are clueless to the work that it once took just to put food on the table. Using a churn properly is a complicated process and it’s probably best to involve someone who has experience in doing so. Be sure your children participate so they fully comprehend the hard work involved.
Time to Milk The Cows
For a genuine farm experience, don’t forget to engage your family in the one task each farmer must learn to complete—milking the cows. No farm is complete without cows and milking them is an experience like no other. If you want to help your children create a memory they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, this activity that will do just that. Look for a farm near you that offers tours and interactive activities.
Grind Your Own Apples
This is a fun activity that your family can do without visiting a farm. You can actually purchase or rent an apple grinder to utilize. On a crisp autumn day, few things compare to a cup of fresh apple cider. What better way to make your children feel like farmers than to grind up your own apples. After the hard work is completed, enjoy the fruits of your labor together.
Plant a Garden
For the ultimate farm experience, plant a garden together as a family. It doesn’t need to be massive and complicated; in fact, it’s best to start simple and small. Your children will learn, firsthand, what the earth is capable of producing. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy the foods you’ve grown together.
Experiencing a taste of farm life will not only provide your family with a fun activity, it will also be a learning experience for all. Take time out of your busy schedule to slow things down, if only for a moment.