Family Fun Idea: Gardening with Kids

Gardening is beneficial for more than just growing your own food.  Though, I will admit that is definitely the most delicious perk.

Gardening for Holistic and Global Education 

gardenScience: Playing and planting a garden is ideal for learning hands-on science and ecology.

  • Playing in the dirt and have various tactile experiences.  Compare the differences between mud and dry dirt or between soil and sand.
  • Do an experiment regarding how much water different plants need.
  • Compare the shapes of leaves or heights of plants.  Watch the plants’ buds change into food.

Sociology, Anthropology, History, Foreign Languages: Playing in the dirt next to another person gives you something to talk about. Go even deeper with these ideas.

  • Use gardening to learn new languages
  • Label your flowers with their Latin names.
  • Read stories about different cultures and the food they eat and the flowers they grow.
  • Meet people from different parts of the world in community gardens. Minneapolis and St. Paul and the surrounding areas has hundreds of community gardens.  Find one near you

Click here for Community Gardens

gardeningLanguage Arts: The garden can increase a greater vocabulary or inspire literary artists.

  • Write a poem about pollinators.
  • Write notes in  a daily (or weekly) journal journal
  • Read/Write a story about a plant in your garden

Math: Let’s use the garden to embrace numbers and real life mathematics.

  • Count the number of vegetables (or flowers) on each plant.
  • Measure the size of your garden and the size of each plot within it.  Create a graph of the percentages of the different plants that make up your garden.

Visual Arts: What can be better than something pretty to move us to create art?  And what is better than a garden?

  • Press flowers and create a yearly garden collage
  • Paint in the garden
  • Create a fairy garden in the midst of your vegetable/flower garden.  Pick up some of you favorites at your local garden center or here in the Twin Cities, you can check out Heartfelt for great supplies.

Kid Friendly Garden Centers

In the Twin Cities

Gardening/Farming Classes 

In the Twin Cities

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