Seeds + Dirt =

Seeds + Dirt = the beginnings of a great nature study!

 You will find that even  very young children love the idea of helping to grow a plant.   There are lots of options for learning how a seed becomes a plant.   A wet paper towel inside of a sealed sandwich bag is a fun way to watch a seed sprout.   A small pot with soil will create great interest as your child waits for the seed to pop through the soil.  Quick germinating seeds like radishes, melons, or lettuce will be exciting to wait for.   If  you have the space outdoors, a  manageable-sized vegetable or flower garden for the entire family to enjoy is a worthwhile project.

Dropping a seed into soil is more than just a fun school project.  There are valuable character lessons for your children to to learn: responsibility, diligence, perseverance, and more.

“The parable of the sower and the seed conveys a deep spiritual lesson. The seed represents the principles sown in the heart, and its growth the development of character. Make the teaching on this point practical. The children can prepare the soiland sow the seed; and as they work, the parent or teacher can explain to them the garden of the heart, with the good or bad seed sown there; and that as the garden must be prepared for the natural seed, so the heart must be prepared for the seed of truth. As the plant grows, the correspondence between the natural and the spiritual sowing can be continued.”

Child Guidance, 56

Here are a few links to give you inspiration:

My First Garden

Nature Garden Activities

Children in the Garden

Planting a Garden with your Child

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