Garden in the Kindergarten

Children especially like practical activities and this learning page is a perfect way of introducing them to the concept of gardening.  You can explore with them where our food comes from, how it is produced and also help them to develop a nurturing behaviour.  And it introduces the concepts of sustainable consumption.

The Garden in the Kindergarten can be a good way of encouraging parents to participate in an activity with their children, especially if they are from vulnerable families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do this kind of activity.

Objectives

To stimulate the learning of pre-school aged children through educational activities, that also increase the care for the environment.  Also to involve parents/grandparents in activities with their children.

Motivating parents to create a garden inside a kindergarten is a way of learning new skills and knowledge and to re-activate the learning process.

To help children understand concepts like ecological cycle, ecosystem, metabolism, respect for nature and to give them the knowledge about rural environment and culture.

Materials

There are many gardening activities you can try.  The two activities we are going to show you are “Vegetable Timbres” and “The Seeding”:

Vegetabel timbres:

  • Paint (washable)
  • Paint trays
  • Paper
  • A selection of fruit and vegetables for making stamps
  • Knives for cutting

Seeding:

Trowel, forks, rakes for children

Tools required:

  • Soil plus vermiculite or grit/sand
  • Wax crayon for making holes
  • Pots, containers or a drain pipe
  • A use a drain pipe for planting
  • Watering can that sprays
  • Seeds (preferably big and visible seeds)
  • Bean seeds

Implementation

Vegetable Timbres

Ready to start:

  • Pour some paint into the paint tray
  • Cut some pieces of paper ready for the stamps
  • Lay the vegetables/fruit out on a tray
  • Talk to the children about the vegetables/fruit.  Explore their colour, shape, names etc
  • Cut the vegetables/fruit in a suitable way so that you can make a stamp.
  • Again talk to the children about the shapes etc
  • Dip the vegetables/fruit into the paint and make a stamp on the paper

 

The Seeding

 

  • Talk to the children about the general concept of planting and growing, nurturing, show them the seeds
  • Have them touch the soil with their hands;  touch the seeds and play with them; encourage the children to touch the soil
  • Have them mix the soil with vermiculite or grit/sand and put some into the containers
  • Have them make holes for the seeds with the wax crayon or their fingers
  • Cover the seeds with more soil mixture and water them

Have the children water the seeds every day during school time and watch the plants grow

Evaluation

Seeing the children’s responses;  how well they understand the meaning of the activities;  the feedback given by the children to their parents and teachers

Tips

Have a range of activities planned.  Children can sometimes get bored or lack understanding and show no interest.  Try to find other ways to involve them.

Think about the best way to motivate/involve parents.  Be patient and persevere, try to find out what interests them, what will make them believe in the project and share the passion.

Have the children harvest the vegetables/fruit when they are fully grown and taste them