Kids love to garden—give them their own plot to tend and award prizes to the biggest tomatoes or pumpkins. There is nothing more fascinating to a child than an edible plant coming out of packet of seeds. Not only is gardening good fun, it teaches:
- Observation: watching the changes and growth.
- Responsibility: watering and weeding.
- Patience: waiting for the fruit or vegetable or flower to mature.
- Pluck dead blooms from flower beds or containers.
- Make leaf rubbings using thin paper and a peeled crayon or soft pencil to do various leaf and bark.
- Grow broccoli sprouts for your family dinner, using 1-T of broccoli seeds and a jar covered with some nylon, secured by a rubber band. Each day allow the seeds to soak in warm water for three minutes, then drain. Directions for how to grow your own sprouts.
- Put vegetable tops in glasses of water and gravel and watch them sprout! Try onion, radish, sweet potato, beet, parsnip, or turnip. Have older children note the progress in a book or draw what they see.
For more great gardening tips and information about composting, download the ACHS Wellness Guide here.