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Fall is my favorite season. From the gorgeous foliage to freshly picked apples, the season just makes me giddy to be outdoors with my family. Last weekend the boys and I eagerly set out on an adventure to a local farm. Although the temperatures were in the 80s, we were determined to take advantage of the opening weekend at Forest Hall Farm in Mechanicsville, MD. My boys are happiest when they are free to be boys, running, jumping and creating imaginative stories in far away lands.
The farm was a perfect place for them to do just that. During the short trip there, Noah happily chatted with Xander about finding a map to get through the corn maze. Xander reminded him of the hay maze they ran through last year. Ryker listened to the two intently, since he was just a baby last fall. I could feel their anticipation and excitement radiating out of the car, when we pulled up to the farm. I was even giddy with excitement to be greeted by a gorgeous old red barn and a long row of old fashion rocking chairs.
Before I knew it, they were off and running. Noah, the train conductor, set out to climb aboard his steam engine. Ryker put on his imaginary hard hat and got to work plowing the corn with construction trucks.Xander headed straight to tending to the animals in the barn.I sat back and just listened and watched them go on their various adventures on the farm. At one point, I found myself grinning from ear to ear. At that moment, they weren’t fighting, or whining, or making typical kid demands. They were engrossed in their own bliss and it was so refreshing.
As the afternoon lingered, I gathered them toward the corn maze. Noah, map in hand, was ready to tackle the maze. My three little explorers navigated the field through it’s twists and turns, with no fear just pure excitement to reach the end. At the end of the maze they were sweaty, tired and ready to get in the car and gobble down their apples. It was a great, adventurous day of play.
Help your child grow his or her imagination with an outdoor fall adventure. After your fall outdoor adventures, snuggle up with your kid on the couch and relax with an episode of Poppy Cat. Poppy Cat, a preschool series on Sprout, is a preschool show based on the international award-winning books by Lara Jones. The show features several adorable animals that go on imaginary adventures to pretend destinations.
To learn more about Poppy Cat like the adorable animals on Facebook. Or hop on their Pinterest page to find art activities that help your child use their experiences with Poppy Cat to understand their own world.
The Stavish boys can not wait to embrace the Poppy Cat motto “Making Everyday Adventures Extraordinary” this fall. What fall activities do you participate in as a family to encourage your children to use their imagination?