Kids' Day is always a lot of fun at Carstens Farm. The kids are always set for an adventure when they arrive at the Farm, and judging from the letters we received from those attending, we provided a fun-filled day for them.
Upon arrival at the Farm, the kids went from station to station, learning about life in the old days.
Each station provided a demonstration and hands-on learning from one of our many volunteers. The kids learned about:
Our 1919 Avery Tractor.
Bee keeping and honey.
How to make butter.
Seeing various kinds of chickens.
Finding their way through our corn maze.
How to shell corn.
How to separate cream.
Getting a look at the original farmhouse.
Watching a rug being made on an old loom.
Seeing how a steam engine works and listening to its whistle.
Seeing the insides of the horse barn.
How to make a rope.
Doing the laundry and hanging it out to dry.
How a saw mill works.
How grain used to be harvested and the art of threshing.
Seeing a very old school bus.
Soil conservation techniques.
A tour around the farm and the farm machinery.
A lesson on how food was processed and the techniques of various ways of life in the old days.
Seeing potatoes being plowed up and picking them up, and, after seeing how the potatoes are washed, sliced and fried, getting to enjoy eating them.
Note: All pictures in the above slideshow are the property of Terry Torneton and are not to be used, copied or re-printed without the express written permission of Terry Torneton.
Thank you to Terry Torneton for the pictures.
Kids' Day is always a lot of fun. But, the best part?
Watching the kids.
It was fun to have them ask lots of questions and learn about how things used to be done. It was fun to see the wonder in their faces as they learned about how much work went into life on a farm.
And, of course, it is always fun to see the kids be able to spend a day running around with their friends, giggling and experiencing the enjoyment of just being a kid.
Thank you to our volunteers who spend countless hours preparing for and working at the various stations for Kids' Day. Thank you for being so willing to share your knowledge and your enthusiasm for Carstens Farm.
Kids' Day is held each year on the Friday after Labor Day.
If you are a teacher or a homeschool educator of fourth or fifth grade children and are interested in a field trip to Kids' Day, please be sure to check out the Kids' Day pages on this site and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.