Farmer Nick and I managed an epic fail on Valentine’s Day not even managing a card for one another despite the fact we were engaged 21 years ago to the day. I saved all my creative ideas to use with the guests for a Sunday Activity Hour. Usually we do this at the end of the week but we were going away ourselves for half term so I decided to do it at the start of the week and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day theme. I had been planning the day for a while and knew I would struggle to fit everything into the hour but as the train driver joined us too it didn’t matter if we overran a little.
As everyone assembled their first task was to go scavenging down by the river for interesting leaves, twigs and foliage to make a valentine’s collage. I showed my example and the children raced out to see what they could find.
Armed with ideas and nature I handed out glue sticks and paper and the children set to work.
Meanwhile Clio and Guy, my little helpers for the afternoon, were using the twigs the children found to make stick arrows to guide the children to the fairy garden where they hid 30 little red hearts that Clio and I made earlier. Their arrival back in the games room signalled the 1 minute warning for the children to finish their collages. Curious as to what would happen next I asked the children to go in search of 3 red hearts each and that to find they had to take their clues from the sticks they collected earlier. It didn’t take them long to spot the arrows along the path and follow the trail leading to the Fairy Garden.
In the fairy garden the children searched high and low squealing with delight as they found a red heart. The parents helped me ensure every child had 3 hearts each before we headed back to make them into our next craft.
Back inside I split the group into older and younger children. The younger ones used the red hearts we had just collected, card and floristry ribbon to make Valentines Badges while the older ones used Duck Tape Colours and floristry ribbon to cut and cover card hearts for the Fairy Gardens.
Thankfully Train driver Guy was with us as we were now running over our allocated time but everyone had been waiting very patiently to ice a heart cake. I had made these earlier in the day and 2 batches of coloured icing were soon being smoothed over the cakes and sprinkle toppings added. Cakes and crafts in hand we headed over to the train to finish our busy afternoon.
It is lovely to be open again after our winter shut down and feel the buzz of life from little ones here on the farm.
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.