Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Snails, slugs, cockroaches, ladybugs, oh my!
We started out this lesson by showing the kids a snail that I had found on a leaf. The kids liked the snail, and wanted totake turns holding him, we named him Harold.
We marched around the garden on a bug hunt. I played a game with my group where we picked our favorite pose, and stood in that position to count all the bugs we could see. Some saw 9, some saw 29!
We talked about how we felt about the bugs, and how the plants probably feel about the bugs. We learned that some bugs are good for the plant and some aren't. We searched through the compost and saw cockroaches and spiders and creepy crawlers that most of us hadn't seen before.
Favorite Vegetable: Salad?
It was a cloudy day in the garden when I asked the kids at Fairmount Park what their favorite vegetables were. The most common "vegetable" was salad.
Is salad a vegetable? No, of course not! It just means that they enjoy eating LOTS of vegetables! I heard lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes. But I did not hear any kale...
When the kids saw the baby kale trees, they were intrigued by this new leafy green. Many of them wanted to try it. Here are some photos from our vegetable party.
Most of the kids LOVED the kale, we even had trouble tying their bags shut before they had to run to class. The other volunteers shared recipes for the kids to bring home to their families. We spent most of this lesson learning and trying new vegetables.
I hope the kids all got to try something new for this lesson!Kendal