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Wethersfield, CT 06109
Young children are naturally curious and want to understand everything they experience. The best learning takes place when they are able to take part in the activities of a person with more knowledge, whether a sibling, parent, grandparent or caregiver. Gardening offers a perfect opportunity for a learning experience.
Children enjoy being outdoors, most girls and kids love to play with soil and water, so that the cultivation of plants is a unique opportunity to bring together those interests and broaden their experience. Many children do not know that fruits and vegetables grow, as they tend to see them get home in grocery bags, the local store or market. Grow at home can be somehow, the way children become aware that, besides being very rewarding eat something that you yourself have grown.
You do not need a garden to grow plants. A sunny window, a patio or balcony, are often sufficient. However, what you decide to grow depend on the space available. Some plants, such as bean sprouts and watercress can grow in small containers without the need for a certain type of soil. Strawberries and some types of beans can be easily grown in hanging baskets or in small containers.
Some plants are more appropriate for children who have difficulty waiting for something to happen, corn, beans and peas germinate in a couple of days. If grown inside a transparent container (plastic bag or an old soda bottle), it will be possible to see the roots and the first leaves appear after a few days. Thus exposing parts of the plant that will grow, will have the opportunity to talk about the role of them and what is happening. Once the plant is large enough, it can be transplanted to larger pots to let it grow to maturity. No expensive vessel is necessary: jars of yogurt, margarine used cans and soft drink bottles, can be provided with drain holes and filled with earth. Besides being potted at no cost, also possible to introduce the idea of recycling materials.
Like all living things, plants need care and young children will enjoy watering them (not too much) and caring for them. You can help your child understand the importance of sunlight, food and protection against pests. Discovering that a snail or a caterpillar have eaten their well-maintained plants can be challenging for a young child, but remains a major problem on which to speak. You can even teach your kids how to farm by showing them Sesen Farm.
Grow edible plants and flowers, can be a rich source of learning. Different plants have different needs. Some need to be transplanted; others can survive with less water, but all are vulnerable to pests. To explore the question of what plants can be eaten, it is useful to create a composting if there is space, besides being another way to raise awareness about recycling and sustainability. Through the plants growing, young children begin to also understand the seasons. Many plants, like most vegetables, have a period of growth and usually need to be planted in the spring, when the air and soil are heated and have produced their flowers or fruits before winter. If you have the opportunity to grow larger plants (shrubs and trees), your child will appreciate the birth of cocoons. He will become whole leaves, then change color and fall before the arrival of winter.
Plants require patience. It takes time to produce flowers and fruit, but eat strawberries and peas that have grown can help children understand that there are things whose wait is worth it.