Are you looking for fun and educational activities for your children outside the house this winter? Children never mind putting on their mittens for a trip to Terhune Orchards for Read & Explore, a winter educational series. This popular reading program is held in the heated greenhouse where winter crops and flowers are being grown.
The little ones will gather around a storyteller to listen to a book being read. Then the children participate in educational activities and a craft that may include decorating a gingerbread cookie, making a paper bag animal, building a bird feeder or planting seeds in the greenhouse. The Read and Explore program is suitable for preschool aged children through eight year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For the first Read and Explore event of 2016 on Jan. 12 and 16, we will read the Gingerbread Man. Each child will decorate a big gingerbread man cookie to take home. Kids will be amazed at how many gingerbread man ingredients come from farms.
Read & Explore programs are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each session lasts about an hour. The cost is $7 per child and includes the craft activity. Pre-registration is requested. Please call (609) 924-2310 to register.
The Gingerbread Man –
Jan. 12, 10 a.m., Jan. 16, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Feb. 2, 10 a.m. Feb. 6, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We will read books about animals in winter and talk about wintertime in nature. After story time, we will make bird feeders with wild bird seed for everyone to take home and help the birds through winter. Weather permitting we’ll visit our farm animals and see if we can match tracks to each.
Fur, Feathers, Fluff: Keeping Warm in Winter –
Feb. 16, 10:00 am, Feb. 20, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00pm
Learn about how animals keep themselves warm in winter. We will read two stories about animals and explore the sense of touch with wool, feathers, etc. Each child will make a paper bag animal to take home with lots of fluff.
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. Feb. 20 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Mar. 1, 10 a.m., Mar. 5 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We will learn about turning our “garbage” back into soil. Read stories about worms and compost. Each child makes a compost container to take home.
Getting Ready for Spring –
Mar. 15, 10 a.m., Mar. 19 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We will get ready to wake up from winter and prepare to start gardening. As Saint Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas and spinach and get the garden ready, we will start our gardens early! Our reading is a selection from “Frog and Toad are Friends”. Each child plants seeds to take home.
Birds, Nesting, Bird houses-
Apr. 5, 10 a.m., Apr. 9, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Birds are starting to think about making homes for their babies. We will read stories about birds. Each child make a bird house and have nesting material to take home.