Sep 24th 2019 Back to latest news
Why is Farmer Palmers great for grandparents and grandchildren?
It’s beautiful to see the children and Grandparents learning from each other at Farmer Palmers. Life goes full circle and learning is a 2 way street. Subsequently the things your grandparents taught you can now be shared down the generations. As you spend time with those little bundles of energy you’ll find they can keep you fitter and feeling young, not to mention you’ll sleep so well.
Sadly, my grandparents all died by the time I was 3 and therefore I have no real memories of them. My parents were a great support to my husband and I with our two because we were both working. Having grown up on this farm myself I saw David and Pat teach my children many of the things I love today, caring for animals, gardening, food and nature.
I bet you’re their best playmates? My husband’s parents were. The children spent holidays with “Grandad Tennis” who took them to the tennis club and taught them how to play. “Nanny Netball” taught Pippa, now 16, her love of netball. From cake making and board games at home to visiting attractions, museums and the great outdoors, you could be on top of their list of favourite people who take them to fantastic places.
In the Farm Park today the interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is seen everywhere. No more so than Mr & Mrs B who have been bringing their respective grandchildren, as annual pass holders, for the past 10 years. We thank you both for feeling comfortable enough to enjoy Farmer Palmers as your 2nd home.
Grandparents are such a valuable part of the family, children are lucky if they can grow up with your influence. You have a unique position of trust that allows you to help nurture and shape little ones lives. Which hat do you wear the most?
The quality time you share gives children the opportunity to learn important lessons so celebrate how important you are! Uniquely, you get to ‘spoil’ them and enjoy all of the fun parts , then hand them back. This is why you are such a treasure to working parents.
The relationship between a grandchild and grandparent is built on trust, reassurance, a few rules and unconditional love which has an incredible influence.
You have the enviable job of being adventurers together. Sharing new experiences. Exploring on day trips or simply in the garden with enthusiastic little companions.
Here are some of our Top Tips to share with us.
Showing your adorable grandchildren the places and activities you enjoy is a great idea. Imagine their surprise when they see Grandad rock climbing!
Sharing hobbies can also spark new interests which may lead to a lifelong interest in the hobby, too.
While kids will surely enjoy learning about the things that their grandparents like to do, they would also find it fun to “teach” their grandparents about their own hobbies and interests. Let them suggest what interest’s them. Your reward will be an insight into what makes these unique and interesting little people tick.
Give time individually, when possible. It is nice for grandparents to set aside time to spend with each of their grandchildren on a one-on-one basis. This can make it easier to choose an activity that appeals to the child, provides opportunity for great conversations, and gives each child a sense that they are special.
Children do a lot of their learning while they are “hard at play” and are pretty easy to please. It is not necessary to spend oodles of money or plan extravagant outings to impress them – in fact, the opposite is usually true. Children tend to enjoy simple activities the most, which is good news. A day of fishing or an outing to the zoo are fun for most kids, as are camping trips and picnics.
Immerse a child in a particular experience. One good way to do this is to gather information about animals, by reading about them or finding an appropriate video and then planning an outing around the newly learned information. This improves their cognitive and language skills and improves their reading comprehension. For example farm story books then going and meeting real live cows and sheep. This is a good learning experience.
Encourage young minds while providing a day’s entertainment. Many children’s museums offer hands-on exhibits, which engage kids and spark their imaginations much better than the “mustn’t touch” displays. Etches Museum for Jurassic Dinosaur Fans
No matter whether outings are geared toward exercise, education, or simply time to bond, the most important aspect of grandparent and grandchild get-together is fun. Grandparents who know how to laugh and be a little silly are sure to reap the rewards of happy kids. After all, laughter makes the world a brighter place.
Children live in the moment. Children aged 3-7 years still view friends as momentary playmates, and their friendships are all about having fun together. Their friends are kids who are conveniently nearby, and who do the same things they like to do.
Children at this stage have very limited ability to see other perspectives. They assume that other children think the same way they do, so they tend to get very upset when they find out that a playmate has a different opinion which is why the understanding between grandparents and children is a great opportunity for fun.
Grandparents grew up with scrapes and risk which was acceptable then. We aim to make Farmer Palmers as safe as possible but put children and animals together and who knows ….. Therefore we have this little link to helpful tips should you need any help.
We look forward to seeing you.
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Sandra Palmer-Snellin, Director
“Not a theme park but a wonderful family day out at a lovely Farm!”W Beth
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."Regular visitor
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."Regular visitor
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"Allergy Awareness
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"Local Visitor
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"Regular visitor
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"Grandparent’s view
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"Winning testimonial
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff, who were fantastic, we were very pleased"Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."Lissie Marshall