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About farming


About farming

What to do with this activity?

If you are down the country, talk to your child about how a lot of our food and clothing comes from farms. Find out what's growing in the fields, what our vegetables look like in the ground, what animals give us dairy foods, and so on. 

Three videos will help you to do this. The first is about sheep shearing, including what we use wool for. The second is about how wheat is grown and harvested. Don't forget that your bread starts as wheat. And of course, farming is often about big efficient machines these days - find out about some farm machinery here. It's mucky work!

Perhaps you could bring your child to visit an open farm? Most cost around €7 per person, but there are usually family deals. See a list of Irish open farms on the yellow activity link below.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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