As I find myself spending more time indoors during the COVID-19 outbreak with less access to my usual grocery shopping routines and items, it forces me to think about our food sources. Most kids, and many adults, don’t know where their food comes from, how it’s grown, or how it ends up on their plates. While we’re stuck inside with limited space and resources, here are a few mini gardening activities to inspire a deeper understanding of food. I’m also hoping it could be a fun activity for parents who have long days to fill with their kids!
Activity 1: Grow Celery in a Dish
This activity is exciting for kids because you can see growth within a few days. Although this method will likely grow more leaves than stalks of celery, it is a great way to start a conversation with young kids about growing food.
Activity 2: Grow Garlic Greens in a Can
This activity requires more patience since it takes longer for the garlic greens to grow. Once the garlic shoots emerge, they grow quickly and resemble long skinny shallots which are yummy for salads, soups, or on potatoes.
-In 1-2 weeks garlic shoots should start poking through the soil. Wait until the garlic shoots are a couple of inches tall before you cut them for cooking. Leave about an inch of shoot on each clove so that they will continue to grow.
Activity 3: Grow Your Own Mini Garden
This activity allows kids to express their own creativity. It is also a nice lesson about up cycling materials in order to reuse them as gardening containers.
-Any seed variety
-Container (the C & the Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub jar is perfect to reuse for a mini garden!)
Sarah Michler received her Master’s degree in Environmental Education from New York University and started an educational ocean camp for kids on Nantucket, MA which aims to use art in order to inspire kids to care about and want to protect the ocean. In 2019, Sarah sailed with an all-women crew through the Pacific Ocean in order to study the plastics problem in our seas. She is currently working on a series of environmental children’s books to use as teaching tools for young kids.
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