Quick summary: This activity is designed to encourage children to grow their own vegetables and enjoy the fruits of their labour. Children will discover that the food you grow yourself can look very different to that which you buy at the supermarket and can also have a different flavour.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
EYLF Learning Outcome
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
2. Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners
1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
5. Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking
Equipment needed: A range of either home grown or organic vegetables and a similar selection from the supermarket e.g. carrots, tomatoes, herbs, pots or tubs (different depths and shapes) for growing some carrots, vegetable potting mix / soil; rulers or measuring tape; veggie seeds carrots, zucchini, beans.
- Cool Australia – Earth Hour 2015 Fresh is Best
- Cool Australia – Enviroweek Green Thumb
- Sustainable Gardening Australia – http://www.sgaonline.org.au/edible-gardening/veggie-patch/
- Cool Australia – How to start a veggie garden
- Cool Australia – How to start a worm farm
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.