Spring Planting and Growing Activities With Kids:
Planning, planting and growing a food garden offers endless possibilities for fun with kids! They bring a sense of wonder and exploration to growing things that is delightful to share, and taking responsibility for caring for plants creates valuable learning. Here are some selected activities to get you started, taken from Life Lab Science Program’s wonderful resource: “Kids’Garden – 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games”. You can refer to West Coast Seeds “How to Grow” page for easy to use information on growing specific plants.
Making Paper Pots:
Planting a Garden Helpers Bed:
Planting a Rainbow:
Bee Happy Seed Balls:
Making and planting seed balls is a fun way to teach children about the importance of pollinators, and to beautify school grounds or your home garden. Unfortunately, there is a lot of information on the web about making seed balls that is just wrong and will result in disappointment! (Most suggest using way too many seeds, and add too little compost and too much clay to the mix. And you can’t just throw them anywhere – they need just a little care!) Check out our guides for How to Make Bee Happy Seed Balls and How to Plant and Care for Bee Happy Seed Balls.
When you’ve chosen a place and planted your balls, be sure to print out this label, and place it in the garden to remind you where the flowers will be coming up!
Powell River School Garden Calendar: A month by month guide to indoor and outdoor school gardening tasks and activities, developed for this area.
SPEC garden_lesson_book: An invaluable resource for teachers! This BC curriculum-connected guide contains easy-to-use lessons plans, activities and handouts covering four main themes of food growing: soil and compost; seeds; plants, flowers and insects; and garden planning.
UBC Landed Learning Program garden planning activity sheets: An excellent garden “planning to plant” activity to do with students
UBC Landed Learning curriculum ideas for garden-based learning: A collection of tried and tested activities to link garden learning to curricular outcomes
LifeCycles Victoria collection of curriculum-integrated garden lesson plans: Lots of well-thought out, diverse lesson plans for all elementary grades
School Food Programs:
Coalition for Healthy School Food: Organizations from across Canada advocating for a national school food program