Planting Exploration: Part 1

Last week Teacher, Ms. Kristen read the book Seeds Move by Robin Page and made soil from coffee grounds and eggshells. This week Teacher, Ms. Ashanti made a video showing friends how to plant their own seeds that you can find on our blog here. On Tuesday friends had an opportunity to plant seeds that were given to them in their care packages during Ms. Ashanti's craft class.

Here are some suggestions for how you can continue to add to the conversation and exploration of planting throughout the spring season.

1. Experiment with making your own customized soil by using organic waste in your home. Crayon Power will continue to make fertilized soil from guinea pig droppings, wood shavings, and kitchen compost. Different food scraps will produce different levels of PH in the soil; which is also fun to test and explore.

2. Read The Carrot Seed, written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson. This book helps children connect to the concepts that they can grow anything with a little patience, time, and determination. As a fun activity, you could plant your own carrot seeds in your home garden or in Crayon Power's backyard. It could be fun to take pictures of the spot where you planted the seeds as a way to document their progress and watch them grow.

3. Create a potted herb garden in your kitchen, on your balcony, or outside. There are many ways to go about this... you can make it as easy or complicated as you like. Use pots to individually plant each herb and label them. Or you can buy herbs from a CSA or grocery and hang them to dry in your kitchen. Another fun project could be to construct an indoor or outdoor wall garden to house your herbs. The possibilities are endless!

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