My little boy went on his first school trip a few weeks ago. It was a really proud moment for Mom & Dad since it was our child’s first field trip! Although we went along with him, he got to ride the bus for the very first time! It was an extremely exciting time for a boy who loves everything with wheels. He is the happiest person on earth just standing outside watching buses go by, you should have seen his face light up when we told him he was going to get to ride on a school bus!
I apologize for having to make things somewhat blurry in a few photos, but they weren’t my children and this was a school function. I’m sure you understand!
When we got there we all walked down to the Prairie to learn what we were going to do that day. This field trip was all about collecting bugs! All week long the kids had been drawing, painting and learning about bugs and this was the big Event at the end of the week. Each child was given a little container to collect bugs and clipped on to the container were pictures of the bugs they could find on the Prairie. The only rule was not to catch a bee!
We caught a cricket! Some kids found grasshoppers, flies and moths. They were so excited to dig around and look for the little bugs for their containers. The woman that worked there caught a bumble bee and a honey bee in a special container to show the kids as well. After having a pear tree that has swarms of bees around it constantly, I don’t think my tot was too impressed. It was rather neat to see one so up close without the fear of it stinging though!
On the way back to the learning center we got to see some sheep and the goat! This spring we’ll all get to come back and the kids will get to feed that goat and see the chickens.
At the learning center, the lady was talking about different animals and how she was going to bring out a few of their special friends they had. She would describe something different about each one and see if the kids could guess what it was before she brought it out! It was pretty funny hearing some of the answers.
Their beautiful dove was the first to visit with each of us. We have our little friend doves in the back yard who have multiplied their family to 5! But this was a gorgeous white dove that was very friendly and let each of the children pet her.
They also got to pet a turtle, a snake and a …
Bunny! This was hilarious because Judah was not wanting to touch the bunny. It actually freaked him out, but he was more than happy to touch the turtle and the snake! He also got really nervous when the turtle was walking around on it’s three legs (his name is tripod), but a snake slithering around induced lots of happy clapping.
I think I would rather touch the bunny.
It was a beautiful day. At one point it was drizzling a little, but the sun was out. The kids had a delightful time and my tot got to ride the school bus back to school. He learned so much about bugs and now he looks for them when we are outside. One day he found a praying mantis on his window, another day a may fly and an ant. He probably would have never noticed these little things, but special events like this really open the eyes of little children’s curiosity.
In a few weeks we get to go on Field Trip #2 to the Pumpkin Patch! He’ll get to play games and pick out his own pumpkin, though he will just exclaim about how he gets to ride the bus again. We haven’t went to a real pumpkin patch since he just started to learn to walk, so it is going to be a wonderful time!
These are the moments I’m really grateful to be a Stay-at-Home Mom, because I get to come along on these adventures with him. Something I wasn’t ever able to do with his big brother. I count this as one of the great blessings of my life, these little trips into his other world where bugs invoke laughter and school buses are like magic.