Pollination Games II

So my original pollination games page is by far the most popular posting on my page. With this in mind, I’ve gathered some additional activities and resources for you to use in your classroom.

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Fall Cleanup in the Garden

Don’t put away your gardening tools yet! Fall is one of the best seasons for accomplishing many tasks, and right now is the best time to prepare for next spring.

Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

It’s the perfect time of year to explore why and how leaves change color!  This leaf chromatography experiment makes the answer to those questions a bit more tangible and understandable. Why DO leaves change color? So let’s start off by making sure we all understand how leaves change color in the fall.  Basically, leaves are made…

Creating a Sensory Garden

Create a garden where children can interact with plants and stimulate all five senses. Here are ideas for choosing plants with interesting textures, nose-tickling aromas, tasty leaves/flowers, eye-catching displays, or they create curious sounds.

Tips to Make Gardening Fun for Kids

Create a class of students who all love to garden!  Here are some tips: Younger students have smaller attention spans; try not to overwhelm them with too large of garden plots, or plants that need extensive maintenance, and expect to spend some of your own time with maintenance tasks that are too difficult for them…

Sing the world a little cleaner

If you haven’t had a chance, you may want to check out these other pages I’ve written with activities about recycling and composting: Composting 101 (what does it mean when something decomposes?) Kids, Compost, and Critters (how do you start a compost bin and what critters are helping the process?) Talkin’ Trash (activities about reducing trash and litter…

Talkin’ trash! (reducing trash and litter)

After these last postings about compost, it seems only natural to teach about reducing trash and litter.  Here are some activities, including poems, coloring pages, online videos, songs, and hands-on explorations, to make this topic fun and thought provoking. Watch a Fascinating Short Video  Watch the teaser video for the movie The Landfillharmonic, where children…

Composting 101

The topic of composting is huge, and a pretty great jumping off point for about a gazillion subtopics.  From composting you could easily move to exploring different types of soils, composting critters, vermicomposting (composting with worms), the benefits of organic gardening, or waste reduction/conservation.  I’ll eventually post activities  on all these topics, but for today I’ll start…

On all things rotten! (decay)

Composting is a huge topic, and one that I used to feel a bit overwhelmed by the thought of teaching.  But I’ve collected a bunch of hands-on, interactive activities to really help students visualize the processes at work. I feel that before you even talk about the compost pile, it’s best to provide some background lessons….

Flower Activity–Pressing Flowers

    Pressing flowers is a great way to preserve a moment of summer beauty.   Once pressed, you can use them to create bookmarks, necklaces, collages, or simply glue them into a scrapbook or journal. I like to start by making a fun activity out of collecting the flowers, creating either a scavenger hunt…

Learning through Scavenger Hunts

One of my all-time favorite activities to create is the scavenger hunt.  There are so many ways to use a scavenger hunt as a tool of exploratory learning in the garden.  I’ve used scavenger hunts to: Teach students to recognize the plants in their garden plots (ex:  find the cucumber plant, find the carrot plant,…

Kale Chips (yum!)

YUMMMMmmm… one of my favorite aspects of gardening with children is their excitement at tasting the vegetables.  Since they have had a part in growing and harvesting the vegetables, kids are much more excited to taste the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor.  This recipe is a great way to introduce kids to kale, a…