We LOVE to grow things in the garden. Last summer the children planted sunflowers and measured them (every day!) to see whose would grow the tallest. This year we have been growing strawberries, carrots and corn-on-the-cob. Gemma and Jacob have loved seeing where food actually comes from, and eating the strawberries as they have appeared.
So we were very keen to take part in the #KidsGrowWild Challenge. We were sent a lovely little gardening kit containing everything we needed to get started:
Our bag contained:
- Gardening gloves
- 3 packets of seeds
- Watering can
- Plant labels
We got straight out in the garden, to the little area in the corner which is the ‘Childrens Patch’ – this is where they grow their own things.
First, we all had a good look at the seeds, and Gemma told us all about what they had learnt about ‘how things grow’ at school.
Gemma and Jacob took it in turns to dig little holes, tip in the seeds and water them in. They then sat there for about 10 minutes staring at the ground – when I asked them what they were doing they said they were waiting for the flowers to grow. I had to explain it took a little longer than that!
They have made labels for their plants – ‘Gemma’s flowers’ and ‘Jacob, Stay off’
We have been checking on our flowers every day, and little green shoots have just started to appear, which the kids are VERY excited about.
Getting out in the garden and growing things is such a great thing to do – fresh air, teamwork and interactive learning make for a very happy mummy and very happy children!