First The Photo: Can you name this type of flower? Scroll down through the post and see if you can name all of the different flowers. Do you know what season each of the flowers bloom in?
Second The Question: Do you like to dig in the dirt? When the weather warms up in the spring do you feel like it is time to plant something? What do you like to grow best? Flowers, veggies, fruits or herbs? Have you ever planted a garden? Maybe it is a good time to start. Even if you don’t have a yard of your own, you can still plant some pots for the balcony or front stoop. Many things will grow in a medium sized pot. You will even get a small harvest if you choose to plant a vegetable seed. Some easy things for kids to grow: sunflowers, green beans, potatoes in a bin, zinnias, or basil.
Third Next Steps: If you want a great gift for a little gardener. Try making a year-round indoor garden for them to “dig, plant and harvest” from. I made this indoor garden plot from some vinyl I wrapped around tubes of soft batting. Then I found some simple patterns for felt fruits and vegetables. The final step was finding or making a small “wood” box to serve as the raised be container for my garden plot. This is a wonderful, no-dirt way to embrace a bit of indoor gardening no matter what the weather is like!
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First the Picture: Can you locate on a map where corn is grown in the United States? Can you name all of the different types of corn that is grown? From feed corn, to sweet corn to a corn that you snack on in movies! Corn is the #1 crop grown in America.
Second the Questions: Did you know that corn is called maize in many other countries and was called that by the culture native to the Americans. What is your favorite way to eat corn? Do you know who..or what eats the most corn here in America? (Hint it isn’t humans!) Did you know that an ear of corn is actually part of the flower of the plant and each kernel is a seed? Can you guess how many average kernels there are on each ear? (800) Corn will always have an even number of kernels on each row. Corn is native to our country..do you know what that means?
Third Next Steps: Corn makes a wonderful sensory experience for kids of all ages. Find a place that sells dried cobs meant to put out for squirrels and deer to nibble on. Then put a few in a large Tupperware tub. You will be amazed by how relaxing it is to pick the kernels off of the cob. It is fun to count the kernels and investigate the structure of the cob as you work. Once your cobs are clean and your tub is full..add some funnels, scoops and small bins. Scooping, measuring and weighing the corn as you run it through your fingers. It is a fun sensory experience. You can even try adding toy tractors into your bin and drive them through the mounds..pretending to harvest your crop! Once you have spend days enjoying your sensory bin..bring your bin of corn to a nature area and spread out your kernels for your animals friends to enjoy!
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