Well, it is definitely feeling like spring around here! I am loving the warm temps and sunshine! One of the things I love about spring time is seeing things come back to life in my yard. I love working in the yard and planting my garden. Today I thought I would share some lessons you could do with your littles that have to do with gardening.
I am a part of a wonderful pre-school co-op with some other mom friends. We rotate houses and share the teaching. We use Hubbard’s Cupboard as a resource if any of you are interested in checking it out. A couple weeks ago it was my turn to teach on seeds. I was so excited to get to share my passion of gardening with eleven sweet kiddos!
Below are some planting activities for kids that we did and you could also do to introduce seeds/plants/gardening with your kiddos:
1. Read some books about seeds/plants/gardening– This is a great way to introduce it to your kiddos. I went to our local library and borrowed a bunch on the topic. I read one aloud to the kiddos and then had the books out for the kids to read and explore. Some were fiction and some were non fiction. (I forgot to take a picture of them before I returned them, but the ones below are a couple we own)
2. Say some rhymes or sing songs on the topic– Some ideas are “Mary Mary Quite Contrary,” “I’m a Little Sunflower” (google and you will find lots of different versions to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Roses are Red.” Here is a good resource for this as well.
3. Create and Read “Life Cycle of a Plant Booklet“- This is a great book to read to kids and then have them create it by cutting and coloring. It does a great job explaining the life cycle of a plant to kids.
4. What plants Need Flashcards– We brainstormed what plants need to grow and then also used these flashcards. Then I had the kids help me to label the parts of a plant I had drawn and laminated using velcro tags.
5. Visit a garden or take them outside to your garden– We went outside into our garden and talked about what is growing. At the time I had lettuce, strawberries, peas, onions, and broccoli all at different stages of growth. I showed them the sprouting broccoli, the flowers and the fruit on the strawberries and how to harvest the lettuce. We did some taste testing of the lettuce and everyone went home with a bag of homegrown lettuce! We talked again about what plants need: water, air, sunlight, soil.
6. Plant a bean seed- At pre-school we all planted a lima bean seed and I showed the kids how mine was already growing and what there’s would look like in about a week. All you need to do is wet some cotton balls and put them at the bottom of a ziplock baggie (you don’t want them drenched). Then put a lima bean or any kind of bean you choose at the bottom and seal the baggie. Hang in a sunny window and watch it grow! The cool thing about this method is that you can see the seed germinate, and also get a look at the roots which would normally all happen under ground. Depending on the age of you kid(s) you could give them a notebook to draw their seed every couple days to record the changes.
7. Parable of the Sower Bible Story– I found a short video on this that the kids watched. We then talked about the different types of soil and which one we want to be. There are lots of resources on this online for more activities.
8. Plant a Vegetable Garden– My son and I love getting out in the vegetable garden and working. It’s so fun to watch things grow and be able to pick your veggies, wash and eat them right there in your backyard! I had my son help me start some vegetable and flower seeds and he kept saying “This is a fun game, mama!”
There is so much you can do on this topic and lots of resources online. I have started a Preschool Pinterest Board if you would like to follow along. I also document a lot of our gardening on Instagram at @marissaramsland. I’d love to connect with you on there!
I hope you all have a great Monday!