Today we participated in the Elmvale Fall Fair. Every year there is a small group of homeschoolers that walk together in the parade. We couldn't find the group so we ended up just tagging along with the parade and met up with them later. No pics of the parade since we were in it :( I can see this parade being a lot of fun with a larger group making a float to participate in...maybe next year...hint hint!
I have recently stated taking care of a couple homeschool friends kids a couple days each week so they joined us; as well as another friend. After the parade we explored the barns. This barn had cows and sheep in it all preparing for their shows. I didn't get a picture but the kids thought it was quite funny watching the participants prepare their cows. They shaved the hair very short all over the cow and then they left a thin line down the cows spine and gave them mohawks with a blow dryer.
Some of the other barns housed rabbits, chickens, pigeons and even snakes all on display. Each of the girls picked their favourite bunny.
We went on a few more rides...everyone choosing which rides they wanted to go on and waiting patiently while others had their turns. Every was able to go on 3 rides with their money so they had to choose wisely.
plantain which we learned about on out wild edibles walk as a skin relief when chewed and the juice is rubbed on the minor bite or sting. I wasn't sure if it would work on a wasp sting but it was my only choice in the middle of the fair. I found some and started to chew it up to release the juice when a lady beside me offered after-bite which we used instead. After a couple minutes he was ready for his last ride..
And then the final lesson in money spending choices...everyone was hot and thirsty! With no money left I left them to be thirsty for a few minutes while the consequence of their game playing choice sunk in...then offered my own water bottle so they could get hydrated a bit as it was hot. We had a little discussion again on choices and how we could solve this problem next time and they all decided that they should bring a water bottle next time as their number one choice and then they decided considering how their last money is spent a little longer next time. Good life lessons I think :)
We met up with Matthias's mom and then me and my gang left for a lemonade and park play.
It's nice to still see an occasional merry go round at a park. There have been so many of them removed for "safety sake". To me the benefits far outweigh the dangers.
Children love to spin. Some children like to go faster then others. Aayla likes to go very slow so the others had to be patient and help her enjoy her time on it as well as being able to get the adrenaline rush that they desired. A great lesson in team work (deciding who will push, ride and when to switch) and cooperation (deciding lengths of time between fast and slow spins)...not to mention all the gross motor benefits of running and pushing and exerting muscles!
|Aayla enjoying her slow paced ride|
And then it was time for slide races to see who could reach the bottom first.
We played many rounds of grounders...have you ever played grounders? If not HERE are the rules...take a look and give it a try. Lets just say its a work out and a very different sensory experience to play with your eyes closed! To busy playing to get pictures of it :)