Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

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Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by Garden Goddes » Sat, 29 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Hello!

Do any of you out there have some fun/informative ideas that we can use at a
Garden show to entice children to get interested in gardening?  We will have
a booth (possibly a room) where children who are being dragged along by
their parents to an indoor mall's spring garden show can stop and do some
sort of a fun activity for a few minutes.  We are targeting children 3 to
12, and the activities need to be garden related (like flowers, vegetables,
insects, etc.).  In other venues, we have had the kids color seed packets
and  flowered visors, plant their own succulents in Styrofoam cups, decorate
small planter pots with cute doo-dads.  We are thinking of having the kids
color a page with a flower that scientifically labels each plant part, but
could really use ideas that are a bit more exciting!  This will be
completely free to the children; we will be supplying all the materials.  We
would expect at least 1,000 children to participate, and as we are all
volunteers, we need to keep the costs down as much as possible.  So, if you
have anything useful, please post it since others in the group will be
watching to see what ideas you all can come up with.

Thanks a bunch!

Garden Goddess

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by Shirley Hic » Sat, 29 Jan 2000 04:00:00


On Fri, 28 Jan 2000 09:57:49 -0800, "Garden Goddess"

Quote:
>Hello!

>Do any of you out there have some fun/informative ideas that we can use at a
>garden show to entice children to get interested in gardening?  We will have
>a booth (possibly a room) where children who are being dragged along by
>their parents to an indoor mall's spring garden show can stop and do some
>sort of a fun activity for a few minutes.  We are targeting children 3 to
>12, and the activities need to be garden related (like flowers, vegetables,
>insects, etc.).  In other venues, we have had the kids color seed packets
>and  flowered visors, plant their own succulents in Styrofoam cups, decorate
>small planter pots with cute doo-dads.  We are thinking of having the kids
>color a page with a flower that scientifically labels each plant part, but
>could really use ideas that are a bit more exciting!  This will be
>completely free to the children; we will be supplying all the materials.  We
>would expect at least 1,000 children to participate, and as we are all
>volunteers, we need to keep the costs down as much as possible.  So, if you
>have anything useful, please post it since others in the group will be
>watching to see what ideas you all can come up with.

How about a" match-the-silhouette-to-the-flower-in-the-picture" sort
of game, with say six silhouettes and species? You could use leaf
silhouettes too. Choose flowers that are common in your area. Kind of
like aircraft, train or car-spotting,. Have a reward of some sort for
getting it right.. That way, next summer,  the kids will go "hey!  - I
_know_ that one."

Shirley

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by MLEBLAN » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

>Do any of you out there have some fun/informative ideas that we can use at a
>garden show to entice children to get interested in gardening?  We will have
>a booth (possibly a room) where children who are being dragged along by
>their parents to an indoor mall's spring garden show can stop and do some
>sort of a fun activity for a few minutes.  We are targeting children 3 to
>12, and the activities need to be garden related (like flowers, vegetables,
>insects, etc.).

One idea is leaf rubbings.  This was a really popular activity at a nature
fair.

You need to find many varieties of leaf shapes with prominent veins.
Things like maple, oak, dogwood. (We used native plants because it was
a Native Plant Society booth) These are free.
Next get lots of small, broken pieces of crayons. Remove any paper and
have the pieces about 1-2 inches long.  These are free, every mother will
love to get rid of them!
Then you need newsprint, which is very inexpensive. Or you could try thinnish
paper that has been used on one side, recycling it would also be free.

Place the leaf under the paper, then rub over the paper with the side of the
crayon.
Use several shapes and sizes of leaves, and one or more colors of crayons.
The leaf appears "magically" on the paper in an attractive picture.
The ***s an well as the kids enjoyed this.  Good luck and have fun.
Emilie
NorCal

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by RHumphr8 » Thu, 03 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>"Do any of you out there have some fun/informative ideas that we can use at a

garden show to entice children to get interested in gardening?"<

This probably isn't what your'e looking for but I'll throw it in anyway.

Have you thought about decorating your booth with a theme?  For example, at our
annual home and garden show a few year's ago, one contractor did his display
area as the Yellow Brick Road, a la Oz.  Same guy has also done displays with
tree-house and tire swing.

Wishing you success at the show,

Rob

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by Garden Goddes » Fri, 04 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Thanks to all of you for your wonderful ideas, they really look promising!

Also, we hope to see you at the Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza
(Crystal Court), Orange County, California.

Best Wishes,

Garden Goddess

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by <loonyhi.. » Mon, 14 Feb 2000 04:00:00


I remember growing carrots using toothpicks in the top slice and*** it
over a cup of water. My students still like doing that. Sweet potatoes do
well too with this. Have some already growing.

loonyhiker

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by Marilyn Ro » Mon, 14 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Growing bean sprouts is fascinating.  You can almost see them grow.  And
you can put them in salads and stir-frys.

Marilyn

 
 
 

Ideas for Children's Gardening at Show

Post by Gardenma » Thu, 24 Feb 2000 04:00:00


I am on the Junior Horticulture committee of our Flower Show {Boston} We have a
section for entries from children, age 16 and under, which include plants
sprouted from items that would be trash, citrus plants grown from seed, dish
gardens, terrariums {small, 12" diameter and under, no soda bottles} plants
grown for foliage, plants grown for flowers, plants rooted in water, and cacti
and succulent.  We also have a challenge section which is a list of flower and
vegetable plants to be grown from seed and exhibited at the time of the show.
The children who have entered always demonstrate fascinating points of view
about gardening and the children are judged separately from the ***
categories.  
I am currently helping the special needs class I work in root cuttings from two
of my jade plants.  We planted paperwhites in class and sunflower seeds for
dwarf sunflowers.  
My own children have exhibited cacti, jade plants of their own and dish gardens
and have won awards. {I am not a judge!!}  My son is nearly 15 and has
exhibited every year since he was 4. I gave him his first jade plant when he
took pruning shears and lopped several branches of of one of mine!
Gardening with children is a wonderful experience because you get to see the
same old things with their eyes. And, as in our case, it helps them to
understand about responsibility, safety and creativity.
Keep up the good work!
Martha