The way I organize the camp day is to teach riding lessons to a small group of 2-4 kids at a time while the others work on a craft or choose from an assortment of other farm-related activities. I always post of list of these options in the barn and go over the choices with the kids at the beginning of each camp day. Activities range from playing with the goats, to collecting eggs from the henhouse, playing with bubbles or water balloons, working on camp journals, swinging on horse swings, hunting for toads and free play. Guess which one always gets the biggest cheer when I read through the list? Free play! I’m always amazed how excited the kids get when I tell them they can actually make up their own games outdoors using nothing more than their own creativity and imagination. You’d think I just told them they had won the lottery. And they have come up with some pretty amazing, deeply involved games over the years involving teamwork, story plots, strategy, and lots and lots of running. In fact, some kids resume a game they had started the previous summer when they come back to camp the next year.