April’s Montessori Principle in Action: 2017

~Gardening with your Little One~

Creating a garden with your child is a fun way to get some fresh air while making a beautiful and safe place for your child to explore. Toddlers love to plant their own seeds and watch them grow! Making sure you pick out the right flowers to plant is the most important part. Below are some helpful suggestions to start a garden at home with your little one 🙂

  • Nasturtium: one of the most popular edible flowers both for humans (and caterpillars as we found out last year!). Leaves and petals have a distinct peppery taste and are a great asset to any salad. Leaves are best picked and eaten when still quite small and young.
  • Daisies: the petals are edible and look lovely scattered over a salad. Perfect for a wonderful flower soup for your toddler to make too!
  • Roses: the petals are edible, though the white base of the petal tends to be bitter, so is best removed. Rose petals are really lovely when iced and used as decoration on top of birthday cakes.
  • Pot Marigold: this beautiful bright orange flower has been used for centuries to color soups and broths, and was believed to ‘gladden the heart.’ However, make sure you only use POT Marigolds – French Marigolds are not edible.
  • Sunflower: we all knew that the seeds were edible and delicious, but the buds are also edible, as are the petals which have an interesting taste somewhere between bitter and sweet.
  • Dandelion: this so-called weed is actually a very nutritious and highly useful plant, as the leaves, roots, flowers and buds are all edible. The leaves can be used in salads or brewed into a tea, the flowers and petals used for garnish and in salads. Pick as fresh and young as possible, as they taste more bitter with age.
  • Violas and Pansies: the flowers and petals are pretty when sprinkled on top of salads.
  • Clover: this grows wild in many fields and gardens. The whole flower is actually edible and a high source of protein.
  • Lavender: really a herb so not dreadfully surprising that the flowers are edible as well as the leaves, but worth mentioning.

Great gardening books

  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • Grow Flower, Grow! By Lisa Bruce
  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
  • Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Gardening song

Sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”–

Planting flowers, Planting flowers,
In the ground, In the ground,
Water them and they grow,
Water them and they grow,
All around, All around.

Prepared by Ms. Meredith.

To view the pdf handout with photos, Click HERE.