The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ending Week 2 with a Mess!

Today we thought we'd end the week by getting messy! One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was to play in the mud. These days, kids don't get nearly enough opportunities to get messy so I thought I'd give them a chance to experience some of that joy. We made seed balls using a "recipe" I found from a Pinterest link We modified it a little and didn't follow the exact measurements but I think the results will be the same.

We thought the air dry red clay might mix a little better if it was in smaller pieces so each child got to use a metal grater to grate their block of clay.

They sifted dirt from the compost to remove sticks, stones, and any unwanted critters

Using a measuring cup we measured out one cup of sifted soil, we ended up using three.

Dirt was added to the clay.

about a cup of water was added

sprinkled in a couple of packets of wildflower seeds

Then we let the fun begin! The children spend about a half hour playing in the mud rolling it into the seed balls.

In total we used about 2 1/2 pounds of air dry red clay, 6 cups of dirt and two cups of water. The  yield was 83 meatball sized seed balls. This project is a creative way to get children to explore dirt and seeds. Once dry these "balls" can be thrown anywhere the children would like to seed wildflowers grow.  This practice also has a little history which can be further explored here.

The children continue to observe and explore the garden, we did a successive planting of peas, and growth continues to be abundant.

Seeds are the topic for next week.

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