Are you missing the maze?

The cold and windy weather of winter has us all missing the warmer days of September and October when we were wandering the twists and turns of the maze. Ashley, one of our office staff, and her son were feeling the same way, so they started looking for fun activities on the internet. They stumbled across an idea for making their own maze out of playdough, and decided that it would be a fun thing to do! After designing their maze, Carson dug out his Super Heroes, and they commenced a battle which had the “bad guys” on the wall, and the “good guys” finding their way through the maze to defeat them!

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Carson with his maze

 

The bad guys hide out!

The bad guys hide out!

 

If you would like to go one step further and make your own playdough, we are sharing a recipe of unknown origin that made the rounds of many Madison area daycares and pre-schools on the 1990s! The drink mix gives it vivid colors and a great smell! This recipe should be made by an adult as it involves working with boiling water!

Kool-Aid Playdough

2 ½ cups of Flour

½ cup of Salt

1 tablespoon of Alum (found in the spice aisle)

2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid

3 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil

2 cups of Boiling Water

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a heavy spoon (a non-reactive, plastic, or glass bowl is best, as I pitted a metal mixing bowl making this recipe!). When it cools, have your child help to complete the mixing by working the dough with their hands! If the dough is too sticky, add an extra ½ to 1 cup of flour. The dough keeps well for a long time when sealed in plastic baggies!

 

If you have other a-maze-ing ideas, please share them with us! Perhaps a maze out of legos, or pillows, or even snow is in your creative realm!

 

To see the idea that inspired Ashley and her son, go to

https://squashedtomatoes.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/a-play-dough-maze/

 

The Peace of the Season….

After a beautiful and bustling fall, the farm has been tidied up and battened down in preparation for the howling winds of winter!  We want to take a moment to thank all of you who came out to enjoy the near perfect autumn weather, and the bounty of our harvest season!  Along with abundant sunshine and many warm days, our guests made it a joyful time to be on the farm.  Our thanks go out to our hardworking staff as well.  We have many talented workers, and their willingness to share their skills make harvest time a success!  

Holiday wishes from Perseus the Rabbit!

Holiday wishes from Perseus the Rabbit!

May the peace of the season be with you all, and we look forward to new adventures on the farm in 2015!

Pumpkin Destruction Day

If you want to have a ‘smashing’ good time, plan to come out to Schuster’s Farm on Nov. 1 for our Pumpkin Destruction Day.  Join us for pumpkin smashin’, blastin’ and stompin’ fun!  We will be blasting pumpkins from the cannon all day and proceeds will go to Badger Honor Flight.

Play pumpkin bowling, work on your swing while batting pumpkin homeruns into our field, or put on your stompin boots for some good old fashioned pumpkin boot stompin!

November 1, 2014
10:00-5:00

 

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Good-bye Old Friends

Gethsemane

Gethsemane

 Hi!  My name is Gethsemane, and I am a donkey here at Schuster’s Playtime Farm.  I have lived here off and on for 22 years now, and I have made lots of friends.  It was with a heavy heart that I said good-bye to two of my best friends last winter. 

 Cherokee, the donkey, and I spent a lot of time together.  We were “field trip” buddies the last few years.  Cherokee, with his sad eyes, droopy ears, and patient nature earned himself the nickname of Eeyore, and was a favorite with all of the children as he would make his way along the fence so that everyone would get a chance to pet him.  

Cherokee came to the farm when Hugh, now a college student, was a toddler.  He was part of a six hitch team that pulled the Schuster’s parade cart, and he was always the slow one!  Cherokee was in his twenties, and lived a long happy life with his donkey and llama friends!

Cherokee

Cherokee with the Schuster family in 2001

Our  llama friend, Carmel, had plenty of adventures on the farm as well.  I remember that he came here as a baby, so he was almost twenty years old.  As a young llama, Carmel broke his leg.  We weren’t sure if he would survive, as that kind of injury can be a disaster for a llama, but Dr. Peterson, the vet from Stoughton, wrapped his leg up well and kept him going.  

Carmel wound up in a pen in the petting area at the Dane County Fair, which turned out to be the best thing for him.  The forced inactivity allowed his leg to heal, and maybe all of the extra love from the fair-goers helped with that, too!  As he grew up, Carmel became an actor in the Nativity Plays at the Schuster’s church.  He played the part of a camel, and he did a great job!  Very stately, sweet, and serious, Carmel was a sort of guardian on the farm.  

He was always watching everything that went on at the farm, and was ready to alert his friends to anything they needed to know about!  Carmel spent most of his time hanging around with the donkeys, and we will really miss him!

 

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