(list of things you can do)
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This is an old favorite:
After using an avocado, save the pit for a future plant.
Using 3 - 4 toothpicks, stick them in the avocado pit.
Place in a jar or glass of water, so only the bottom of the point is in the water.
It may take a while for the foots to appear.
Once there are a fair amount of roots, plant in a pot and place in good bright light.
"Compost! Growing Gardens from Your Garbage"
For a children's garden, add a wooden dinosaur sculpture, or a toad house. Even a pot person, created out of clay pots.
Bug catching is fun - but teach the "catch and release" program.
Children love to work in miniature. Create a terrarium out of a two gallon soda bottle. Mosses, pebbles for walkways, and bark can spark the imagination.
For a fast one-week grow and reaction from children, grow wheat grain or alfalfa seeds. This can easily be done by using a cereal bowl size container.
- Place a folded paper towel.
- Sprinkle seeds
- Place in a plastic bag & create a mini-greenhouse.
- In a week: great sprouts to trim and eat.
Amy, from Mrs Ward's Class in Maine, found a great site on Photosynthesis that they all wanted to share with us: Brilliant Outdoor's Education Center Photosynthesis for Kids. Thanks.
Erika at Cleary Mountain Elementary School in Virginia suggested this page: "All About Sustainable Gardening" as a good reference for green gardening. Thanks!
Ms McKnight's Tutor Group suggested this resource rich page at Serenata Flowers. Its a great children's guide to plants, botany, gardening, hydroponics, and horticulture. Thanks!
One of our readers who is a teacher recommended a great herb web site with an especially good children's section: Monterey Bay Spice Company. Thanks!
Gardening for Kids - Posting fun & unique ideas on how we can teach our children the joys of gardening.
Kids Valley Garden - A fun place for the little gardener. An easy site to start with.
The Great Plant Escape - The University of Illinois Extension has done a wonderful job in putting this site together. Great Ideas to implement.
KinderGarden - This site is very well organized and just the right spot if one wants to start a school garden.
The Butterfly Website http://butterflywebsite.com/
The Bug Club at www.ex.ac.uk/bugclub: great for the young entomologist and those not quite so young.