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…

Kid-Friendly Tomatillo Salsa (salsa verde)

My tomatillos are ripening, and it’s almost time to make some garden-fresh tomatillo salsa!! Salsa made from tomatillos is usually called salsa verde, or green salsa, and is a staple of Mexican cooking. Having a husband who is a Mexican chef, I’ll send you to his blog for an AMAZING salsa verde recipe made for…

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…

Create a Snail Farm

Snails may be pests in the garden, but they are quite fascinating creatures.  Create a little home for some snails in your classroom, allowing your students to watch and observe the snails in action for a couple days. Start off with a water or soda bottle.  Rinse and dry it out and then put the…

Garden flavored water

  Now that the heat is upon us, I love making flavored waters for a refreshing drink.  They are super easy to make, even with the youngest of students.  And best of all, most kids really love them, even though they are not sweet like juices or sodas.   When I worked with kids, we…

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…

Create a Rain Garden

Originally posted on Two Barn Farm:
Got rain on the brain? It hasn’t been very rainy yet, but it sure will be again soon. Have you thought about where all that rain water is going to go? Rain gardens will capture the rain water and get into the ground where it belongs! Every time it…

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,…