(tot school tuesday) shamrock farms field trip

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My almost 3 year old loves anything animal related at the moment, a close second to dinosaurs of course. So, when Shamrock Farms invited us to their dairy farm, we jumped at the chance! I thought it would make for a perfect tot school field trip and it didn’t disappoint, Logan is still talking about his trip to the cow farm. Logan learned all about how a dairy farm is ran and how the cows got milked. He even got to play with a milk stimulator on a fake cow. The highlight of the trip was when he got to feed a baby calf. After the tour, we got to taste test some new sour cream flavors from Shamrock Farms (yum) and no trip to a dairy farm is complete without some ice cream!

I’m a big believer in hands on experiences for kids. When I look back at my schooling, the moments that stand out the most are the times when my teachers thought outside of the box and allowed us hands on experiences. I learned the most through touch and play. I discovered a love for poetry when my high school English teacher allowed us to lounge outside in the grass while reading us his favorite poetry. I discovered a love for nature and science when my 3rd grade teacher taught us how to build a bird’s nest out of sticks and twigs. Those were the moments that shaped my interests and ultimately led me to discover what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I challenge you to take Tot School outside of the classroom next week. Whether it be a dairy farm or a children’s museum, your kiddos will love the hands on experience and it will be something that sticks with them for a lifetime!


Tot School Tuesday Co-host: Kara of Mine for the Making (visit her blog for preschool aged activities)

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the great post. I love when kids spend time with farm animals, because they then understand where food comes from and I think also develop more compassion toward the animals themselves. Thanks for sharing your day and your great photos.

  2. Lovely post, Vanessa. You’re right. You got me thinking about the moments that stand out in my memory, from when I was a kid in school, and it’s like you say, it’s when they took the time to do something extraordinary with the calss, but it was usually such a simple thing – like your lying in the grass, listening to poetry. Goes to show you the simple, natural stuff, hands on stuff really has an impact on us. Ok, that ice cream looks crazy-good! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jackie! Yes, the simple, natural and hands on stuff really does stick with you!

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.