A local company called Tiny Hooves Mobile Farm brought their mobile farm to Daisykins nursery in Rugby. This day trip out for the animals was to celebrate National Children’s Food Festival week 2014, it was to help teach children where the food that they eat at nursery and home comes from. The farm was set up in our garden using mobile pens, these had to be constructed for the animals. As these animals were waiting patiently in their trailer the children could here the sheep singing to them Baa Baa, this lead to the children joining in singing one of their favourite songs.
Slowly the animals were brought into the garden the children watched at the window and were shouting “Pig” “Duck” Sheep”, they couldn’t wait to go outside and meet the animals. Practitioners took a group of children out one at a time as the two ladies from Tiny Hooves Mobile Farm each gave a talk on each animal.
Children gathered round each pen and listened to the ladies explaining who the animals were what their names were and how may legs and ears and tails they had. The tiny goats were very popular with the children as they were able to bend down and stroke them, the ladies put the goats on a harness and walked them around the garden. Next to the goats were the pig fat pigs, the children asked “why they were not pink ” the ladies explained that pigs aren’t all pink and this one is orange and black, she encouraged the children to feel his fur and referred to it as feeling like a bristly brush.
Whilst looking at the sheep the children could here the noisy ducks quacking and this made them more intrigued to go and meet them. One children asked “Why the ducks can’t fly as they have wings” the lady called Yvonne carefully opened up the ducks wings and showed them the structure of the wings and explained that these ducks don’t fly. A child saw a cheeky chicken fly up on the edge of the pen and it had to be quickly caught before it scurried off.
To end the fun packed morning the children sat on the hay bales and were handed a guinea to hold, the children carefully stroked it and held onto it to stop it from scurrying away.