Growing seedlings

Growing a garden is a norm for my children but not all children have access to a planter let alone a garden. Including gardening options in our daycare and school curriculums gives all children the opportunity to experience the joy of growing a plant from a seed.

Growing seedlings

Here is a list of easy to grow plants. Success is importance so children are encouraged.

We have tried various growing options including peat pellets:

peat-potsBut nothing beats getting your hands stuck into a bag of potting soil, as we did when making fairy gardens:

There are so many ways to incorporate gardening in the classroom.

Ideas for cross curricular links

Science:

  • Experiment with conditions (variables) such as heat, light, water
  • Investigate what does a seed needs to germinate
  • Investigate what a plant needs to grow
  • Make hypothesis
  • Takes measurements
  • Record results
  • Learn about the parts of a plant by growing in a clear pot.

Sprout & Grow Window     Primary Science Plant & Grow Set

The Sprout and Grow Window and Plant and Grow Set allow children to see roots growing.

Math:

  • Measure the plant every few days
  • Measure leaf size
  • Count number of leaves or flowers

Cuisenaire Jr. Ants on a Log      Simple Tape Measure    Unifix Cubes

Cuisenaure Jr. Ants on a Log would be great for measuring leaves while this Simple Tape Measure or blocks would be suitable for measuring height.

Art:

  • Draw the seedling every few days to show development
  • Emphasise the importance of proportion
  • Use diagrams to represent plant life cycles

Language Arts:

  • Tell the story of a seed (life cycles)
  • Read non fictions texts about plants and gardening and analyse structure.
  • Use drama to act out the life cycle of a flowering plant (involving bees for pollination, and animals for seed dispersal)

There are so many ways to include growing seedlings or plants in the classroom.

Happy growing.

Garden Inspiration

It is that time of the year, relaxing time. It is a long weekend and the weather is good, time to think about the garden.

I have many plans, not all achievable this year.

Here are some ideas that are inspiring me:

A fabulous teepee, could grow vines or beans up it?

A magical gnome garden, fairy houses, hobbits huts, troll bridges, signs and magical creatures.

A permanent fire pit to make smores on and relax around in the evening.

A sunflower clubhouse!

Open ended features for the kids to play on.

Others things to include:

  • Sandpit
  • Sensory/water play area
  • Fairy garden
  • Shade
  • Seating
  • Keeping plants safe from the dogs!

The question I keep asking myself is What makes a garden special?

Fairy/Zen Garden

A rock collection has been growing on our window sills, in pockets, in bags. They seem to pop up everywhere! Action had to be taken.

An empty Swiffer box made a perfect container for the garden. Daisy headed out to the sand box and came back swinging a lot of sand around. She organised some of her rocks (pebbles) and shells and added the fairy furniture we made last summer.

She wanted to be able to change the garden around. A pastry brush did a wonderful job of smoothing out the sand. Daisy made herself a challenge to see how many different ways she could set up her garden.

Smoothing the sand. This had an instantly calming effect.

Making a camp fire.

The middle rock is for fairies to sleep on.

Precariously stacked table and benches.

Making the ‘living room’ more cosy.

Reorganizing and adding some more rocks and pretty stones.

The garden was hidden away from little sister’s grasp. When it warms up we will find a  great spot outside. I have been informed we need to check to see if the fairies have visited… yes I will be sneaking down stairs and moving the garden slightly!