I recently had the opportunity to help chaperone Kellan's class trip to the pumpkin patch at a nearby farm. Our house is beginning to feel like a pumpkin patch now that we keep getting more pumpkins, but I suppose a big part of the season is to decorate the house with colorful gourds and pumpkins!
We drove to the farm with Kellan's teacher and two other students and it's fun to see how excited kids get when they ride in someone else's car. It's almost like taking the train for the first time. Once we arrived at the pumpkin patch, I realized the wisdom of having all the kids wear their bright yellow school t-shirts. There were several school groups so the teachers counted heads often and all the adults made sure no yellow-shirted preschooler was wandering alone.
Pumpkins were the main attraction - we learned about the twelve different varieties grown on the farm - but we also got to touch newborn chicks, docile goats, and a couple of friendly puppies. All the kids picked their own pumpkins and got to ride in the hay wagon. Then we fed them snacks and let them literally chase each other until it was time to go.It was definitely hard to keep track of all the little ones, but my fresh perspective as a parent on a field trip makes me love these outings all over again!