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Teaching Toddlers How Things Grow | Gardening Unit

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Teaching Toddlers How Things Grow with Gardening and Usborne BooksIf you’re just joining us for this Toddler School Gardening Unit, we’re just now getting to the green part. My goals for this unit are to teach Cash about the great outdoors by planting a garden together throughout the Spring and into the summer. He is very interested in how things work! The last few weeks we’ve been Building our Compost Bin, getting Inspired by our Library Picture book list, and of course, practicing our new Garden Rules. Now that we have all of this awesome soil in our garden, after Filling Our Bin,  it is finally time to teach them exactly how things grow once they’re in our homemade dirt.

How Things Grow

For the main instruction of this lesson, I turn to one of my favorite Usborne books My First Book about How Things Grow, which is actually a sticker book that lets kids label scientific illustrations as you learn. We started reading this book a few weeks ago before bedtime. This was a fantastic way to get Dad involved in the whole unit! The boys and I would go outside, learn a bit, read this book at lunchtime then do some stickers. Then at bedtime, they would re-read the pages we did with Dad, explain them to him and read a few pages ahead, which is what the boys and I would talk about tomorrow. We built a fun little learning circle out of this book that involved Dad and a little comprehension. Win-Win! Plus, Mom didn’t have to read again at bedtime. #MomWinning

Teaching Toddlers How Things Grow with Usborne Books

Applied Learning

And now I’m just going to blast you with adorableness… Once we learned that seeds needed to go in the soil, I had the boys tuck in a few. Now granted, the boys are very young, and I knew these seeds wouldn’t actually ever grow {due to Wyatt’s excessive watering and dumping of dirt} But we still did it!

Watch Cash’s amazing Instagram Video where he decides where to put his plants and tells them, “Now grow!” #happyheart

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Planting our Garden

This may have been one of my favorite days out in the garden. They were so cute in their little Dollar Tree Aprons! Before we went outside today I surprised them with their Spring Baskets. I made myself some plastic yarn out of grocery bags and crocheted them some Harvest Baskets {I know, super #crunchymom} which I filled with garden gloves, a new smoothie cup, and the aprons. I also put the seed pods in them. Sort of like an Easter Basket, but for Spring! This really kick started our Garden Day with some fun and excitement as they rushed out the door!

Spring Garden Baskets for Kids

 

The Full Garden Unit

We’re really excited you’re on this educational adventure with us! 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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