I have a confession to make. Over the Christmas holiday period… which seemed to go on and on and on for us… I made the executive decision to hire a babysitter for the children. Ok, that isn’t 100% true, it wasn’t so much a babysitter… more a virtual nanny – the iPad and iPhones. Yep, I said it – I threw the kids some screens to save my sanity.
Those things are seriously like crack for kids aren’t they?! Holy cow, once they pop they can’t stop. But it was hot and disgusting outside and things were probably going to turn ugly if I didn’t let them at those phones. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and just let them go. 6 weeks later when it was time to wean them it wasn’t pretty my friends. I decided to just let them go cold turkey. No rehab, nothing. There were tears, from the 4 year old, for a few days but he has forgotten all about them now.
Anyway, why am I banging on about this? Well Clancy was obsessed with “Farming Simulator”. Now, I have no idea what huge attraction is about this app is but he was OBSESSED with a capital O. And I tell you what – he really did seem to learn quite a bit about farming. He couldn’t get enough of it and I think this was the only thing he played the whole time. Pretty sure he could have been playing something much worse. All he was doing was sewing a crop, harvesting, milking cows etc. He just loved it. So when a package arrived in the mail from George the Farmer I reckon Clancy nearly wet his pants with excitement.
Mail day is exciting at the best of times but when a package like this arrives for farm obsessed kids things get real. And what a package it was. There was a gorgeous 100% cotton t-shirt, 2 fantastic story books, a CD, some seeds to plant and a lovely letter.
Of course Clancy thinks he is it and a bit in his new farmer t-shirt, especially now that he is a fully qualified farmer thanks to Farming Simulator!!!!
George the Farmer aims to teach children about farming and agriculture. He travels around the countryside educating kids and spreading the word about where our food and fibre comes from. Such an important message too, especially for kids who live in the city and think milk comes from a carton. Clancy absolutely loves the books they sent – George the Farmer Plants a Wheat Crop and George the Farmer Shears a Sheep. Great pictures and a fun story.
I don’t know a country kid who doesn’t love a good green and gold tractor, George really nails it. They also have an educational app. The kids and I are heading off on a road trip to NSW in a couple of weeks and I will definitely be downloading this one for the car trip. I will be saying “bugger it” again and tossing those screens to them faster than you can say farming simulator. There will be some audio books thrown in too, but a 3 day car trip with just me and 3 kids calls for back up I think. Don’t judge me!
If you have kids aged 1-8 I reckon they will love George the Farmer. They have a great website and the books are the business. They would make great presents and I know I am always stuck for gift ideas when it comes to kids.
So thanks Simone and Ben, Clancy is just loving himself sick in his new t-shirt and new farming books.
Spread the word and lets help educate kids – oh, and don’t forget to thank a farmer for your next meal… or cotton t-shirt!