Once upon a time there was a little tomato seed…
Today I was doodling some of the many wonderful experiences children encounter when growing their very own vegetables and flowers.
Every child should grow at least one sunflower and one tomato plant
The garden is a great environment for children to understand the cycle of life and how all things work together. Planting, weeding, watering and harvesting all provide hands on play and learning opportunities for all ages.
If you don’t have space for a vegetable garden you can grow both vegetables and flowers in pots.
Even the smallest of urban spaces can accommodate a few potted plants and vegetables.
Contact with nature is essential for the developing child
We are all connected
At Educating the Heart we were planting up Tomato plants
We begin with painting our flower pots using Earth Paints.
While waiting for our pots to dry, we learn all about our tomato seedlings.
Our beautiful local organic farmer, Lorena showed the children how to plant their little seedling deep into the organic soil.
This will help the plant grow deep roots.
Children learn first hand where their food comes from. How they can grow food from seed and with a little tender care and nurturing they will be able to harvest their crop in a few months time.
Each child is very excited to have their very own tomato plant to take care of.
You then have the gift of being nourished by the harvest
A child’s spirit is so alive when immersed in nature
These beautiful, rich authentic experiences are vitally important for a child’s mental, physical and emotional growth. All children need to be given the opportunity to spend time outdoors actively engaging with nature – it is part of who and what we are.
Let us work together to help create more green spaces and opportunities for all children to play and learn in nature. I appreciate not every child can attend an outdoor school or nature playgroup, however, we can create opportunities for the children in our lives to experience all of the above activities:
1. Create a small space to grow flowers, vegetables and herbs in pots. You can create a beautiful potted garden in the tiniest of spaces. How to begin: Gardening with kids
Why grow a garden at school – watch the video:
2. Let the children choose which plants, vegetables and herbs they would like to grow. Sunflowers are another easy plant to grow. Every child should grow at least one sunflower!
3. Ask a local farmer or retired gardener to visit your preschool/ kindergarten or elementary school.
4. Organize a visit to a local farm.
If you would like to learn more about how to create a small green space, you may be interested in our GARDENING chapter – one of the 12 chapters from the Educating the Heart online program.
Chloe the Gardener (Forest Fairy Doll)
Meet Chloe the Gardener – one of my children’s book characters from the Little Humbug Series. Chloe makes sure all her fairy friends have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Strawberries, spinach and tomatoes are Fairy favourites
With Spring now in full swing, it’s time to get gardening. You can purchase Chloe and her little fairy friends HERE