Farms are a great place to nurture little growing minds though hands-on activities!
In recent years, farms have expanded their offerings to attract families with little kids. From hay rides to petting zoos, farms provide enough variety of activities to keep your family there the entire day. The same is true of the local farms in South Jersey! So, I decided to take the twins on an exploratory day at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, NJ after hearing so many other moms in the area give them praise.
Here are 5 educational activities you can do or explore on Johnson’s Corner Farm:
1. Boosts Fine Motor Skills. Help your little ones pick their own fruit and vegetables to develop their fine motor skills. Our favorite season is the blueberry season. It was so much fun watching the girls carefully pick the blueberries. They were in a friendly competition with each other to see who can fill their baskets first.
2. Promotes Healthy Lifestyle Through Play. Get up and moving! Playing at the playground is not only fun but it promotes a healthy lifestyle. Kudos to Johnson’s Corner Farm to having a variety of play activities for all ages.
3. Sensory Learning. From animal fur to dry hay, let your child enjoy all the textures of the farm by roaming and touching. As we roamed the farm, I asked my girls to describe how objects felt (i.e. smooth, dry, rough, etc.). Carry your favorite hand soap or wipes to clean. We also played in the sandbox for some sand play time. I particularly like sand play as it is open ended and gives your child the ability to determine their direction in play.
4. Enhances Problem Solving Skills. Help boost cognitive skills by letting your children find a way through the mazes of the fields. Don’t tell them where to go…let them roam and find direction. For instance, I allowed my girls to guide us back to the “water station” from the blueberry field.
5. Make the Connection. A farm visit that explores how food is grown and how animals are raised is an ideal way for children to understand and connect with where their food comes from. By learning how a farm works, children experience the natural world to make a vital connection between the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in their lives.
With love + caffeine,