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Little ones at Ladybirds Pre-school were surprised by the arrival of a big green tractor recently.

The treat had been arranged between the pre-school and Eleanor Gilbert, known as Berkshire Farm Girl on social media.

Eleanor let the youngsters get up close to the huge farm vehicle and told them all about working on a farm.

Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school
Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school

She said: "The children were learning about heights and how tall the tyres were.

"They were very surprised how big they were!"

The children also saw the grain that goes into making some of their favourite foods.

Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school
Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school

Eleanor said: "I showed them some grain that we harvested and talked about what can be made with this wheat grain, things like bread and oats for porridge."

Deputy manager at Ladybirds Kathryn Johnstone said: "We were really lucky that Eleanor came over - what an inspiration!

"The children were able to get up close to the tractor, they were amazed by how big the wheels were and it provoked lots of conversations about size and shape."

Mrs Johnstone said the children also took the wheat grains home, which Eleanor had brought with her, to feed the birds in their gardens. She added: "They could also share their knowledge with their families about how wheat seed is used to make bread and Weetabix!"

Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school
Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school

Mrs Johnstone said that after the visit the children made some bread to enjoy at the snack table the next day and in the afternoon they did some tractor inspired painting with big and small wheels.

"We plan to continue their learning by talking about other things that grow on farms, trying some new foods and thinking about where they come from," she added.

"The children were talking about 'the farmer lady' all day. It was a great opportunity for them to see a young female farmer, challenging some stereotypes."

Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school
Eleanor Gilbert visits Ladybirds pre-school
Eleanor Gilbert aka Berkshire Farm Girl
Eleanor Gilbert aka Berkshire Farm Girl


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