We recently got the opportunity to show the kids how to plant vegetables after building a couple of garden beds for the kids at Edge Early Learning-Kelvin Grove.
There are many benefits to gardening with children one of which is the joy it brings to kids as they get to play and learn at the same time.
Mel, Anthony (from Mathiou Services), and Miss Kitty (Edge Early Learning- Kelvin Grove’s Leading Educator) talked the kids through the basic steps of planting the vegetables:
- Dig the hole,
- Plant the plant,
- Cover with soil,
- Water plants
It was important to break it down into little steps to allow the children to fully understand and follow the process. Once they repeated it at least twice or watched they could do it on their own.
The great part of gardening is the wide range of discussions that can be built as a result. Discussions turned from:
- the types of plants we were planting to finding out what colour the various vegetables are now vs. what they would be,
- how they smelt (especially the mint)
- what vegetables they liked (carrots were top).
We even discussed the basic plant cycle. It’s amazing what discussions can come out of gardening with children and what they can learn as a result.
The kids later explored this further with their amazing chef by going over various vegetables that would be served in their lunches.