Alpaca and Llama Therapy
On Friday, I went with the boys on a kindergarten trip to an alpaca and llama therapy farm.
I wondered what it would entail. The sheet said: “alpaca and llama therapy helps stimulate attention, concentration skills and promotes self esteem”. I had never heard of this but knew the boys would love it.
My hopes for the day were to learn the difference between llamas and alpacas, as I truly had no idea.
In case you don’t know the difference, I took photos as a visual guide:
I did get one very handy peace of advice: a llama has: “Ohren wie eine Banane”. For those who don’t sprechen Sie Deutsch (speak German), this means “ears like a banana”. So I can now safely say that I will never again not know the difference. Unless, I forget, of course. I have a terrible memory, so that is not outside the realms of possibility.
The trip started with Kaffee und Kuchen: coffee and cake. The kids were thrilled to be given Apfelshorle (fizzy apple juice) which is always a treat. There were plenty of biscuits on hand, which is a good thing; my two love to eat.
After the refreshments, the kids were allowed to feed and touch the llamas and alpacas, which they LOVED. Well Bob L did. Bob D refused to go near them, saying they were a little too big for him.
The children scared the poor creatures slightly with shouts of “mehr” (more), while they tried to feed them more straw. No matter how many times I told Bob L to not shout, he just couldn’t contain his squeals of delight.
Chewbacca – Where Are You?
We found out when we got there that Bob D had been expecting something slightly different.
When I was explaining where we were going, Bob D misheard me. I said that we were going to the alpaca farm, but he thought I had said ‘Chewbacca’ farm.
As a little boy who has just discovered Star Wars, he was pretty gutted that Han Solo and friends were not there to greet him.
On a sidenote, it is amazing the power of peer pressure. Due to the older kids at kindergarten, the boys knew all the names of characters from Star Wars before they had even seen any of the movies or cartoons. Either that or they have a Star Wars chip automatically inserted into their brains these days….anyway… I digress…
The highlight of the day for the kids, however, was the Bobby Cars. Even though they have these cars at kindergarten, it was exciting to try the bobby cars in a new environment. Here is Bob L doing his stuff:
Bob L having fun!
All in all, it was a fab day out and resulted in the boys going to sleep at bedtime without any fuss; win-win all round!
Here are a couple of other pics from our day out:
Let me know in the comments what trips you have been on with nursery/kindergarten.
Chewbacca says goodbye:
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