Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Farm Game

And that's the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind. ~Dave Barry

Our hills drive today was made even more enjoyable and delightful as we shared in The Farm Game. It was a new game I was describing to my dear Generous Gentleman. Ess listened with interest and was soon creating her own farm.

The idea is to acquire items for your farm which you see out your window as you travel along. It needs to be out your window only to create greater interest in each individual farm.

I commented that I was sure to forget what I saw on my farm over a long distance travelling. So we came up with the idea of drawing our farms. Ess got out her paper, pencils and textas very quickly and was drawing her farm, quite symbolically.

For instance, rather than drawing more and more horses as she saw them, she kept a tally as she added more until she decided that 21 horses were quite enough for her farm.

Ess was very fortunate to see three deer (above) out her window also. Quite a rare find for us in Australia.

Other things we put on our farms included a bull and cow, trees, chocolate (yes we had an enjoyable coffee break in Hahndorf at our favourite Chocolate No.5), lake, bridge, eucalypts, rolling hills, alpaca, donkeys, apple trees in fruit, kangaroo and a tyre swing.

We are due to travel a 4000km round trip across our country so we have no doubt this game will prove useful. I can't wait to see the farms we create as we travel this great distance. What a wonderful way for the family to interact as we journey to see new places and new sites as we visit family in eastern states.

Many thanks to a friend of mine who shared this game with us. They have extended it by returning all the items they gathered as they return, yet as we will be taking a round trip we'll simply be able to keep accumulating and growing our farms.


Homestay Mama said...

That sounds like a wonderful way to keep children occupied and still keep them seeing the sights out their windows.

Hope you have a very wonderful trip.

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