Thursday, June 12, 2014

Outside Planting Activity

I realize that it's not exactly planting season these days, but for kids who spend most of the year in a place with no dirt and a backyard full of rocks, planting in a real garden is a huge deal. Even if they won't see their final product, they at least get a pretty good kick out of planting pumpkins. 

We found an unused raised bed at Mimi and Pop Pop's house so we decided to fill it! If you don't have a planter, you could easily use a flower pot. 

After pulling the weeds out of the box, and giving it a little TLC, we put in holes . 

Then we counted our seeds and put them in.

Then you have to water, and boy, there isn't anything more fun than water and a watering can.

And then, Henrik found some poles that had numbers on them. It was his idea to put these next to his seeds so we could see how much they grow. If you don't have a pole with centimeters measured out, a ruler will do. 

Then, every week, you can calculate (in your journal or on a home made graph) how much your plant has grown. It's a great way to start to learn numbers, the growth of numbers and how to make a simple chart.

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