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Gardening: Some Basic Tips for Gardeners Working with Kids


  • A picture is worth a thousand words. Never tell kids something you could show them.
  • Young kids have a very short attention span. Make sure that you have lots of options available so they can get started immediately and stay busy. Digging holes is one thing that seems to hold endless fascination.
  • Instant gratification helps a lot. Plant radishes even if you don't like them - they come up in three or four days.
  • Growing their own vegetables will generally get kids to try eating things they otherwise wouldn't walk into the same room with.
  • Your role should be as facilitator, rather than as a leader who imposes direction. Be a good model.
  • When giving out supplies to several kids, try to keep seeds, tools, etc. as similar as possible to avoid the inevitable squabbles.
  • After an activity, do something to reinforce what everyone has learned. Talk about what went on, who did what, and who saw what. If you can, have them write things down or draw pictures. If they're too young, take dictation.

Source: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/kindergarden/pnote.htm

Taken with permission from AllProDad.com

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