Is it just me or does winter seem to be dragging on? We get a warm spell, and I start cleaning up the yard, then BAM! the cold hits again. Since I can’t start my garden yet, I planned some garden-themed activities when some friends came over. If you feel like I do, have a little garden party of your own. 🙂
First thing we did was decorate pots! I got a two-pack of small ceramic pots from the Dollar Tree. The kids could choose to decorate with colored permanent markers (also from Dollar Tree) or use Kwik Stix.
While decorating, we ate healthy apple snails: circularly sliced apples “glued” to celery with peanut butter. These did NOT turn out as pretty as those on Pinterest, but that’s ok. 🙂 Another option would be the traditional ants on a log.
Next, we planted seeds. Dollar Tree has both flowers and vegetable seeds packets for $0.25 each and potting soil for $1.
Next, the kids went outside to search for bugs! I got them each a bug catcher kit (again…at Dollar Tree) that had tweezers, a net, and a container with a magnify glass on a string so they can wear it around their necks. Since it still is a bit chilly, they didn’t have too much luck, but they did manage to find some ants. 🙂
Dirt pudding is always a favorite, and it is even more fun when students make their own pudding in a ziploc bag. Just divide up the instant pudding mix and milk into separate baggies. Once sealed, the kids have a blast pounding and squishing the bag until the pudding thickens. Then squeeze the pudding into a clear cup and add crumbly “dirt” Oreos, chocolate chip “rocks,” and squiggly gummy worms. Yum!
Of course, no activity is complete without a story. We read Secrets of the Apple Tree: A Shine-A-Light Book from Usborne Books. This book is especially fun and engaging because it has secret pictures that can only be seen when you shine a flashlight behind the page.
Bookshelf: Garden Theme
For other great ideas for garden-themed learning, visit Bookshelf’s Garden Theme. If you are a homeschool or educational blogger and have a great, educational gardeny post, be sure to link up!
Have you done some garden-related learning? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Till Next Time,