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  • Leanne Ammon

The Benefits of Visiting a Farm With Your Child

Spending a day at your local farm isn’t just a nice way to spend some quality time with your family. A visit to see the animals offers multiple benefits for your child’s learning and development.


Visiting a farm can offer exposure to new words and vocabulary. The variety of animals they will see encourages a wonder of animals and all the differences. From the names of the animals to the differences in their care needs and even how some animals have adapted to their environment, your child will be learning new concepts and an awareness of the wider world.


By visiting a farm children also begin to get an idea of the environment that animals need to survive. This leads to an understanding of the importance of caring for the environment to keep the homes of animals safe and protected. Your child will become much more aware of what it means to have an eco-system, how they work and their importance in the natural world.


This can lead to discussions about animal homes and habitats and our role in protecting the environment to ensure the safety of the animals we share the world with.


Some farms offer hands-on experiences which are helpful in developing compassion for animals and the importance of treating them kindly. These types of experiences also encourage your child to begin to view the animals they see around them as something to care about. Animal farms are also a multisensory learning experience for your child. They will learn how different animals smell, the sounds they make and the way they feel and look. Farms can offer a real-life experience of what they have read about in their story books.


There are so many benefits to visiting an animal farm with your child. Not only are there numerous learning opportunities, but it is also a wonderful way to spend the day bonding with your family.


Here are some local Farm and Zoo Parks for you to visit with your child!


Washbrooks Family Farm

Set against the beautiful background of the South Downs Washbrooks Family Farm is a fun and engaging day out for the whole family. Walk around the large paddock and see animals grazing in the fields such as shire horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, sheep, llamas, alpacas, ducks, geese, turkeys and more. In the animal barn you can get close to some of the smaller breeds like rabbits and guinea pigs in a safe and hygienic environment.


Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm is set in 18 acres of the Sussex countryside in a village called Whitesmith. This family run farm is open all year-round and home to lots of animals that love meeting new people! Pedro, Theo and Bonnie the ponies are all extremely friendly and are on hand to help children saddle up to go for a nice gentle ride around the paddock. There are lots more animals to see to in the fields and you can also stroke a rabbit or guinea pig and cradle a small fluffy chick in your hands. There are also tractor rides as well as outdoor and indoor play areas.


Fishers Farm Park

Fishers Farm Park is a family run farm park set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside. This award-winning park offers a huge selection of indoor soft play, farm animals and exciting rides for the whole family to enjoy.


Middle Farm

Nestling at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs in Sussex, Middle Farm is a 625 acre working family farm. We offer a warm countryside welcome, with something for every member of the family to enjoy.


Knockhatch Adventure Park

Knockhatch Adventure Park offers loads of exciting activities for visitors of all ages. Adventure seekers can delve into exhilarating experiences such as Sherlock Holmes, the Wave Runner and the huge Lost World Playbarn slides. The Jungle Splash is a huge wet play area with water arches, gushers, fountains and a massive waterfall. Animal enthusiasts can enjoy petting and feeding a wide range of friendly farm animals including llamas, emus and goats.


Macs Farm

Macs farm is located in the beautiful village of Ditchling in East Sussex. They open up the farm Monday-Saturday for egg sales, every summer for camping and throughout the year for family friendly events.

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