Everything is Always More Fun When it’s a Garden Party!

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The Bloomers enjoy their bounty. From, “Bloomers Island The Great Garden Party.” Written by Cynthia Wylie and Courtney Carbone. Illustrated by Katya Longhi. Published by Rodale Kids, and imprint of Random House Children’s Books, ©2018. All rights reserved.
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Two Friends Harvest Snow Peas!
  1. Invite friends. Let them have friends over to help them.
  2. Don’t forget the value of a scavenger hunt! Hide a couple of seed packets around the house or outside in the yard and let your kids look for them. When they find the seeds, help them choose what they want to grow.
  3. Bring technology into it. Let’s face it, kids love technology and there are many gardening apps they can use to plan a garden.
  4. Remember, gardening can be done indoors or out. You can grow lettuce, herbs, onions or radishes in a pot on a windowsill as long as there is sunlight.
  5. Kids love digging in the dirt! Give them a trowel and see how fast and how deep they can dig a hole.
  6. Kids love tools in general. Invest in an inexpensive gardening apron with their very own tools.
  7. Look up recipes together. Make a dish with whatever vegetable they are growing.
  8. Come up with some science experiments. Do fruits of the same size (avocados and tomatoes) have the same size seeds? For the little ones, cut open different fruits, pull out their seeds and put them in order from largest to smallest. Do the seed sizes correspond to the size of the fruit? What about peaches and apples?
Over 90% of the children who participated in the Bloomers Island Schoolyard Program ate their vegetables!

Founder of Bloomers Island. Published children’s book author at PRH. Writes about big kid’s stuff like economics & business, too. CynthiaWylie.com

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