Children - and many adults- learn best through hands on experiences, so I take the children on a lot of field trips. There are many wonderful places we can go to learn about our world, but one of my favorites is the Fort Worth Stock Show. Check out all the fun things we were able to do!
We saw how cotton grows, then felt cotton bolls with the seeds still inside. We saw a miniature cotton gin separate the seeds from the fibers, and found out that there is cotton fiber in our clothes and our money, and that cotton seed oil is in peanut butter and toothpaste. We use cotton every day!
We took turns sitting in the cool vehicles in the vendor hall. Pretend is always fun!
We even sat in tractors, and tried them out. Farmers get to use some cool tools!
Wow! Tractors can be HUGE! We didn't realize they were so big.
We always stop to see the statue of Midnight bucking a cowboy off. Later one of these children remembered the horse's name as "Nightmare"!
We pretended to milk the model cow, which also showed us how big cows stomachs are.
When she saw this cow, one child announced, "That's bull!"
This llama even decided to join our group photo! We love the Stock Show!