Connect with farmers ~ This one is pretty easy, all you have to do is head to the local farmers’ market. Most markets have meat and dairy farmers…why not write out 3 questions for the farmer to answer. Question 1…How big is your farm? How many types of animals to you have? How many animals do you have? Where do they live?
Connect with Farm Animals ~ Introduce children to farm animals at a young age. Visit a local farm or read books about farm animals. A couple of great books are E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” and James Herriot’s Treasury for Children.
Play Farm ~ Play is often a great entry point to discussion. Gather up the barnyard animal toys and create a traditional farm. Add more and more animals to a smaller and smaller space. Discuss how the animals might feel if they had to live crammed together…what might the consequences for the animals be?
Get the Kids Reading Labels ~ When out grocery shopping have the kids look for words like “free range”, “organic” and “harm free.” Explain what these terms mean and why they are important.
Take the pledge and “Farmify” your face ~ The WSPA has put together a video (parents should watch the video first and decide if it’s appropriate for your child) which simply explains the issues around factory farming and the impact it has on animals. Use the video as a conversation starter. Take the pledge to make more humane choices. After you take the pledge have some fun and Farmify your face and share your new “look” with your friends.