Category: Gardening

Sowing and Growing! Magic Beanstalks

The children had great fun growing their very own magic beanstalks last month.

First they chose their own beans, carefully weighing up which looked the best! They then soaked their chosen bean in water before placing it in a jar on some damp kitchen towel, no soil – magic! We placed them in a sunny windowsill in the kitchen and at every snack and mealtime we took a look to monitor their progress and water them.

We also read and enjoyed ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and the children enjoyed comparing Jasper’s beanstalk to their own.

The children loved taking their bean plants home once they grew and transferring them to a place in their own gardens where they continued to grow. Ours has now been planted outside too and is currently growing happily alongside our sunflowers.

Areas of Learning covered: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication & Language, Understanding the World, Literacy and Mathematics.

See what else we have enjoyed sowing and growing:

Gardening with kids: Growing Sunflowers

Growing sunflowers is one of our favourite annual activities! We were a little late in sowing our sunflower seeds this year but, are hoping that, with this amazing weather we’ve been experiencing these past few weeks, that we have some lovely Sunflowers soon!

Check back to see how they get on…!

Gardening with children: Sunflowers in bloom!

Our sunflowers have now all finally bloomed just as we say goodbye to Summer today.

This is, without doubt, our most successful year yet with some growing as tall as 7 feet! Others only reached 2 foot tall but were pretty nevertheless!

The have attracted lots of bees, ladybirds and butterflies. Our view from our playroom window has been made ever so more pretty too !

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

Recently 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.

Sowing and Growing: Sunflowers

Here at Aston Childcare, sowing sunflower seeds and watching them grow has become a favourite annual tradition of ours.

Easy and low maintenance, sunflowers are the perfect first flower for children to grow. The children love to hold their seeds and choose where to plant them. Week by week we can watch them grow in to impressive bright yellow blooms.

This year we seem to have got off to a good start! So far, they are all looking lovely and healthy. Check back regularly as we monitor their growth over the Summer!

A look back at 2018: Gardening

In 2018 as well as planting and growing our annual sunflowers which, this year were a mixed success(!) we also planted some herbs, fruit and vegetables. We had some success with rhubarb and also with mint. However, despite also planting some peppers, courgettes and onions, only the carrots proved fruitful – I blame the weather!

We will be having another go in 2019 and hope to report better success!!

 

 

Tissue paper sunflowers

The children enjoyed making these bright and colourful tissue paper sunflowers this morning and they certainly cheered us up on a cold, miserable Monday morning!

At pick up, one of the Mummys told me that they had just planted some sunflower seeds in their garden at home which reminds me I must plant ours if we are to see ours in bloom by the Summer!

 

Summer Sunflower Success!

I am pleased to report that we have had great success with this years sunflowers. They are currently standing tall and proud with a few reaching nearly 6 foot!

The children have loved them and they have sparked many conversations and lovely comments –

“Emily, I love your dandelions”

“It’s really big”

“It’s as tall as the house!”

They’ve attracted lots of minibeasts including some beautiful butterflies.

To extend the children’s interest and learning we have worked them in to our arts and crafts sessions too with lots of colouring, drawing, sticking and gluing.

I am now busy thinking what to plant next that will create the same level of interest!

Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Mathematics, Arts and Design.