Sunflower Update

I have been so pleased with this years sunflowers. They have been growing steadily since we first planted them. I think any day now we can expect to see some beautiful yellow blooms. Watch this space!

Sowing and Growing: Cress Heads

Here at Aston Childcare we have had great fun growing these fun Cress Heads.

We filled our pots with soil and sprinkled a generous amount of seeds on top. We watered our pots and then covered them with a piece of paper and secured with an elastic band. We then popped them up on a sunny windowsill and waited. In just a few days the paper on my sons pot was bulging and he was so excited to take the paper off and see the cress beneath. My seeds took a few days longer to grow but still a great result.

These are great for kids as a first gardening project and super easy. These pots just have mine and my sons name on but you could go to town on your plant pot with stickers, paint and pens to make them extra fun if you wished.

Orchard Toys Games Review

Alongside all our recent growing activities we have really been enjoying this fun flowerpot game by Orchard Toys.

The game is played by turning over all the cards in the centre of your table. You then take it in turns to roll the dice. You then pick a card to match the colour you rolled on the dice.

The game is a race to see whose sunflower is the first to flower.

Cooking with kids: M&M cookies

The children were really excited to try this M&M cookie mix for their afternoon snack today.

They added butter and water to the mixture and stirred until it formed a stiff dough.

We counted out 8 spoons of cookie mixture on to a baking tray and popped in to the oven for 14 minutes.

Needless to say it was a very popular afternoon snack!

Gardening with kids

Here at Aston Childcare, we have been busy planting and growing. The children all show a great interest in the garden and have loved colouring in their own flower and vegetable garden pictures too. As well as our sunflowers, the children have tried their hands at growing carrots and rhubarb with fantastic results.

Next up, cressheads!