Too often all kids learn about farms are the
names of the animals that live there and the noises each animal makes. These
are good things to know, but how much more valuable it is to understand why
we have farms and how they affect our day to day life in ways we rarely
bother to appreciate.
In modern times we are so removed from the production of the things we
consume and use that it is easy to assume that milk, eggs, butter, and other
food come from a grocery store or that our clothes come from the mall. After
doing the following activities, your child will have a greater understanding
of where our food and clothes really come from and of the work that goes
into producing them.
Fun Farm Facts
• The first people on Earth were hunter-gatherers who lived off of meat they
hunted and plants such as fruits, nuts, and berries that they gathered. They
had to travel from place to place to find food. Around 10,000 years ago,
however, some people figured out how to plant seeds to grow crops. This
allowed them to settle down in one place, cultivate food, and tame animals
for their meat, milk, eggs, skins, and hair. These first farms grew into
cities where civilizations began to develop.
• There are many different kinds of farms, including poultry farms that
raise chickens to eat, egg farms that raise chickens for their eggs, sheep
farms, dairy farms, cattle ranches, and crop farms that grow fruits,
vegetables, grains, or cotton.
Teach your children some history of butter making along with
science. Take the time to make some home made butter, too!
All About Ice Cream
Learn some ice cream history and science. Have fun with this method of
making some of your own at home.
We don't often think about were the things we have come from. This activity
will have your child thinking about what it takes to make different woven
Has your child ever wondered about the difference between the eggs we eat
and eggs that contain chicks? Here are the answers and an egg recipe to cook