A Pumpkin Farm Visit
Recently, Children's House Extended Day students had a wonderful trip to the Prospect Hills Garden Center. The trip started off with a beautiful country drive out to New Berlin. Upon arrival, students were greeted by Farmer Pat, and then they embarked to enjoy the many activities and adventures that the pumpkin farm had to offer.
Students went on a hayride through a haunted forest, “Ghostly Grove,” to the corn maze. They saw ghosts, witches, spiders, and scarecrows, and they had fun pretending that they were scared and screaming! Students wound their way through the corn maze to the pumpkin patch. Everyone got to choose a pumpkin to take home.
There was a barn area to play, including a petting zoo. There were also many fun games, such as fishing, bean bags, ring toss and an opportunity to play in a bouncy pit.
The purpose of the annual pumpkin farm field trip is for students to enjoy outdoor autumn fun; however, there is much to learn as well. For example, to prepare for this year's field trip, Ms. Mueller's classroom read books and poems about fall, pumpkins, apples and Halloween. Her students especially enjoyed learning about the life-cycle of the pumpkin and all of the different things you can do with a pumpkin or make from a pumpkin. When asked what he learned on the field trip, Peter said, "When you get more sun and less water, pumpkins get bigger but there are fewer pumpkins."
After the trip, Ms. Mueller's students had much to say about all of the fun that they had:
"When I was at the pumpkin farm, we kept getting stuck in the maze." ~Joe
"The hayride had spooky stuff." ~Maya
"The pumpkin was really heavy." ~Phuong
"I liked the bouncy house." ~Brekka
"I caught two fish. They were orange pretend fish." ~Alissa
"We went the wrong way five times in the maze." ~Zachary
"At the petting zoo, goats could go different places and there was one llama." ~Peter
"The pumpkins were super duper heavy. That’s why we needed teachers to help carry them." ~Devin
These students have not let their pumpkins go to waste!
"I painted my pumpkin and put it outside." ~Alissa
"I cut my pumpkin out and put a light inside." ~Phuong
"I carved mine. One side had a monster and a face was on the other side." "I ate the pumpkin seeds." ~Joe
"I carved my pumpkin and put spooky faces on it." "I ate my seeds and they were really yummy. I couldn’t stop eating them." ~Devin
The weather may have been rainy and chilly, but that did not put a damper on a fun day for the kids!
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