Daddy isn’t often home during the week, but we have been in need of some extra family time together. Lucky for us, he was able to take a day or two off here and there over the last couple weeks, so we had the chance to take a family trip to Lyman Orchards in Lyman, CT. A friend had been to the gigantic sunflower maze and I thought Liam would love it. Maybe, I actually really wanted to go too (haha). Over 350,000 sunflower seeds planted. Lots to see and a little to learn too!
Our good friends joined us for the fun and two almost 4-year-old boys enjoyed the many twists and turns of the sunflower maze. Lucky for us, we could keep up with them. Lots of twists and turns and some dead ends to let us catch up. The sunflowers were all colors and sizes. Some towered over us and some were small and sweet. Bees beware! I imagine there were almost as many bees as there were sunflowers!
We had a map and there were numbered markers with questions directing you the right way if you answered the question correctly. They had two versions of questions for preschool/kindergarten and then an older group. The boys could answer most of the questions and helped figure out left and right!
We showed them were sunflower seeds come from and how Liam’s favorite sun nut butter is made from the little seeds. We took off the black out shell and found the little grey seed inside. Of course, Liam proceeded to eat it!
The boys were sweaty but happy. It was a beautiful day to be outside with family and friends looking at the beautiful sunflowers, enjoying nature and sunshine and learning a tiny bit about these beautiful flowers. Even better is that the sunflowers we planted in our surprise garden actually grew and blossomed which made Liam very excited that we had some at home too, just not nearly as big!