Saturday, October 10, 2009

Field Trip #4 ~ Philip Foster Pioneer Farm

Pioneer Farm Homeschool Day

How lucky were we? GORGEOUS weather for our day at Philip Foster Pioneer Farm! Lots of child-friendly, hands-on activities. The kids (my sister, Holly, joined us with her 3) got to do laundry, grind corn, test out the tools in the wood shop, watch the cider press in action (and taste-test the results!), build a log cabin, write with a quill pen, eat hot apple fritters right off the stove, tour the buildings, climb in covered wagons, use a crosscut saw....

Most of the stations were manned by kids in costume. My personal favorite: the 12 year old single-handedly manning the blacksmith shop, burning smiley faces on wood (the boys cut with the crosscut saw), answering questions, and giving demonstrations. Luke got to help him start a fire with frayed twine, a char cloth, and a magnifying glass.

I really, really want some of the life-sized 'Lincoln Logs' the kids used to build their own log cabin.

Pioneer Activities

Pioneer Activities 2

Pioneer Home

Pioneer Barn


Maureen said...

What an awesome place and a fun day for your boys. We have a pioneer farm in VA, but we've haven't visited it yet. Yolu've motivated me to do so in the not to distand future. And FWIW, I'd like some of those life-size lincoln logs too! How fun--and what a great fort or clubhouse they'd make.

Carrie said...

I'd say you ARE pretty lucky!!! How fun!!! It looks like a great place for learning (and taking pictures!!)! ;)

Anonymous said...

Oooo, I want those large lincoln logs too! Let me know if you find a place where we can get ahold of some! ~Tera

Laura at By the Bushel said...

What a super fun day! so glad to see such an interesting place. There is a rural life museum (here) in Baton Rouge, that does a similar day every fall, open to the public. Enjoyed photos!

grandma and grandpa said...

What a fun day!!! That was such a good experience for the boys. A unique time. Grandma