Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Springing into Spring-All About Gardening

On a rainy week not long ago, the kids and I did some learning fun focused on Gardening and growing. It was a lot of fun and I thought I'd share some of the ideas that I had with you so that perhaps you can enjoy the fun with your kids as well! There is so much to learn about growing and gardening and the process of things. And there are fun things you can create right inside your house that will make it feel like Springtime. One thing that we did was to make a Flower Garden! We each took a seed catalog and began cutting and pasting our selection onto construction paper... (I had to join in too!) As you can see, there were many beautiful choices!
I also explained the growth process and illustrated it (very humbly I might add) on paper for them to see. First you plant the seed, then it rains and the sun shines, the seed sprouts under the earth, then it pops up through the soil and it grows, and grows, and grows some more! Then little flowers bloom, and from those flower grows a fruit (a tomato) That tomato grows and grows, turning from green to red and then... you can pick it and eat it!
We created vegetable gardens like the flower gardens I pictured above with cut outs of veggies, glued on paper. And we also planted seeds in our REAL garden outdoors. The kids were allowed to plant the peas.

We made tissue paper flowers...
And Dirt Pudding with gummy worms. I explained how worms "aerate" the soil and help the plants to breath.
We created gardens using construction paper and markers and dried beans and rice. Here's Nathan's garden:
Here's Hannah's garden. Even some birds flying in the sky. Carrots in the soil, onions and beets....
We made Sunbeam sticks and talked about how they could each be sunbeams for Jesus...
And we ate Spaghetti and "meatballs" and pretended it was worms in dirt. I know, I know... lol!! But the kids got a real kick out of it.

Overall, it was a really fun week and it cost me next to nothing to do. I had to get some construction paper since we were out of it and I had to get some pudding mix, but that's about it.

This is a fun way to bring springtime inside and learn and enjoy each other at the same time. Plus keep those youngsters outta mischief! :)

1 comment:

  1. Fun fun fun ideas!! You are doing so well with these learning activities!! I bet the kids loved the "worms in dirt"!!