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Back in April 2017 we went with KICK to the Aylmer Dairy Museum. We had a lovely time together with this group and I thought it was about time I shared that adventure with you all. 🙂 The Aylmer Dairy Museum is located (oddly enough) in Aylmer. 🙂
My Son thought this was a pretty good field trip. The students had fun making butter and ice cream. The butter they made using small vials with cream that they had to keep shaking while they were on tour. The ice cream was made using a old fashioned spin machine that the children took time spinning around and around.
While the children were wandering around listening to the presentation, I had fun roaming the milk bottle room. I don’t know why, but I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all those old milk jars. All the colour variations in the bottles, the different styles and what not. Just kept me busy while I listened to the tour guide chat with the students and as they shook their little cream bottles.
While the younger children had their turn at making butter, the older children had a chance to see the exhibits part of the museum.
The lower part of the main building held farm type equipment, we saw old horseshoes, hoes, saws and the like. It’s a well rounded museum that touched on most things concerning a man and his cattle. There were small dairies all over the place that gradually amalgamated. Their collection comes from all over this area. They even had a book that showed all the dairies by year and name. It was interesting to see the history of how they expanded and then slowly started amalgamating. Regulations and taxes, plus the wars played a role in this.
They had the children do some art work as well. Learning to make a cartoon figure, making masks for the younger ones and such forth as well. This is my attempt at the Sponge Bob they walked us through making.
It was a good museum to visit with nice variety of artifacts.