Harvest time is such a busy time in the year whether you know it’s harvest time or not. In the UK, the kids have gone back to school and someone somewhere has a countdown to Christmas saying 17 Fridays left.
I grew up in a country where they harvest all year round and so there isn’t much of a celebration of all the hard work that has gone into growing crops. In fact, when we lived in London I still hadn’t heard of harvest festivals and so moving to the countryside has taught me a thing or 2 even thought I grew up in a farming community.
There are a couple of parts that are my favourite. Our village school asks the children to decorate a shoe box that has a connection to harvesting crops and pop some food items in. They are then later taken to our little church where the children sing and give their boxes as part of the celebration.
I know we usually have to give fresh food produce (well there are a few tutt tutts when there are tinned or other goodies) but I like to have a look with the boys and find items that have been harvested and in some cases gone through a production line. The reason being, is that I want the boys to understand that in most cases, something has been harvested before it became the flour or the cocoa powder. This year’s favourite was honey,
I didn’t think to take a photo until we had got to school but the boys chose 2 very different harvest boxes which took us 3 days to make (mainly for the paint to dry). The one is a tractor which has it’s goodies stored under the bonnet and the other is a crop sprayer.
The children did so well at the Havrest Festival service and they were all so proud of their creations – it was just lovely to see.
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zaby @ Zaby’s Perspective recently posted…Ebola In The News
Love the harvest boxes – very creative
Louise Perry Fairweather recently posted…Thorpe Park For Young Children
I love the harvest festival boxes. And a mark of how different city schools are-we’re instructed to donate tins and packets for ours 🙂
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What great harvest boxes. We have to take food into school, but that’s about all. I think it’s a lovely idea to actually make a box and think properly about what goes into it. #MagicMoments
What a beautiful job your boys made of their harvest boxes. I love our primary school harvest festival. Ours is this week and it will be my last as my youngest are now in year 6. It feels like the end of an era, go to every one you can, all too soon they will be moving on. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids
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What a wonderful idea to decorate your Harvest Festival boxes! At my eldest’s school we have to donate tins and packets but I’m definitely going to suggest to her that we decorate her box this year – thanks so much for sharing. #MagicMoments
Michelle Reeves (bodfortea) recently posted…Countdown to 10 miles: 5 weeks to go
Those boxes look great – very creative! 🙂
Louise recently posted…Silent Sunday
The harvest boxes are great, we live near some farms and love watching the farmers wrap the bales up with those huge machines. I’m now wondering where you grew up! 🙂
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What lovely harvest boxes. Baby M has just started nursery and they have their harvest festival this week so we are just starting this tradition. Xx
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Hello there these boxes are fantastic! And such a great idea, I love this time of year and I like your idea of picking something so they know where it comes from-brilliant. I will be trying this at home! x #magicmoments
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