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Composting with Toddlers | Filling our Bin

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It is finally time to start putting food scraps into our Compost Bin! I’ve done my research, the boys know the Garden Rules and we’re ready to get our hands dirty. Since we’re mainly doing this unit to address the food waste we produce, from smoothies, salads and a whole tree of bananas I introduce the concept at breakfast.

 It’s our morning routine to wake up and hit the kitchen for a buffet of produce… banana, smoothies, the works. Today I prepare them for our Mess Mat lesson which will be {surprise!} out in the garden today!

 While they eat I read them our new Toddler School “textbook”  Compost Stew by Mary Mckenna Siddals.
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As they eat they hear me mention a few things they’ve got right in front of them….

After the first time through I explain to them that today, THEY get to help me make Compost Stew in the garden! Hooray! How exciting. We keep eating breakfast and then talk about things we heard in the book and start dropping “Stew Ingredients” into my conveniently placed green waste bin I put on the counter.

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Weeks ago I picked up some little aprons at the Dollar Tree.

I asked the boys if they could be “Garden Chefs” today and make Compost Stew with me…. Clearly, they couldn’t resist such an offer.

Before they woke up that morning, and before breakfast I snuck outside and set up my outdoor classroom. I separated out the parts we needed for our Compost Stew.

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Remember all the “parts” you need… refer back to the Building our Bin post for the breakdown of parts to get your 40% Green and 60% Brown.

 2 Parts Green & 3 Parts Brown

I made 4 baskets to represent our PARTS
Basket 1- Sticks for filtration- 1 Part Brown
Basket 2- Dry Leaves- 1 Part Brown
Basket 3- Green Spinach leaves {did not make it into smoothies fast enough} – 1 Part Green
Basket 4- Empty awaiting our compostable food from breakfast- 1 Part Green
For our 5th part I have a tub of Organic potting soil that we will “sandwich” layer between all of the parts.
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The boys come running out to the garden with their little chef aprons on ready to make Compost Stew. Of course, they have to play in the dirt a little bit before they can actually focus on any structure.

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We began building our sandwich layers.

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Wyatt got to throw in the first sticks on the bottom.

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Then Cash came in and put shovels of the soil on top.

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We continued to layer in our parts. I could give you the blow by blow but I think you get it.

They both took turns “stirring our stew” and then as the book taught us…. You just “put it all in a pot… and let it rot.”

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We will just continue to add our kitchen scraps to it, stir it occasionally, check the moisture levels watch it compost.

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Keep up on our Composting Toddler School Unit as we plug away!

Link Back to the Gardening Unit’s Main Post to start from the beginning!
Learn More about Toddler School and past Lessons/Units HERE

 

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