Thursday, February 18, 2010

Activity: "Planting" an Indoor Garden

Even if you don't have the space available to start a school garden, you can still teach your students about fruits, vegetables, plants and gardening.

This easy activity allows you to "plant" a garden in your classroom and teach kids about various fruits and veggies.

  • Clip art of fruits and vegetables on white paper for students to color
  • Coloring materials (markers, paint, crayons, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Container and potting soil or styrofoam to create "garden plot"
  • Find clip art of fruits and vegetables for students to color
  • Print pictures on white paper
  1. Give each child one or several images of fruits or vegetables.
  2. Have the children identify the type of fruit/veggie and color it the appropriate color.
  3. Have children cut out the pictures and glue them to the craft sticks.
  4. Place the potting soil or styrofoam into the container.
  5. Have students "plant" their garden by placing their craft sticks into your "garden plot"
  6. Continue to have children identify the fruits/veggies in their garden.
  • Have children use the fruits and vegetables from their garden as puppets. 
    • Have children create skits or plays with the puppets.
    • Read a garden story and have children hold up their fruit/veggie when it is mentioned in the story.
  • Use the pictures of the fruits and vegetables to help plan your school garden.  Have students decide where each one should go and place it into the "garden plot" accordingly.

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