Welcome to the 31 Days of ABCs! My fellow bloggers and I are working our way through October to bring you activity ideas for each and every letter of the alphabet. Today my theme is G for Grow.
G is for Grow Pinterest Fail
When I grabbed the letter G, I had this terrific idea of working with my boys to show them how something actually grows. Rather than do a typical bulb, I thought I would mix it up and saw this great idea of sprouting an avocado. Well, the mix up is on me! I popped an avocado in water and waited. And then we waited. And we waited some more. “Mom, is this thing ever going to grow?” asked my son.
Three weeks later and I am still waiting for this darn avocado to sprout! Absolutely nothing… unless you count all the mold that has grown on this sucker. While this particular activity was a bit of a bust, my kids still did learn. When we often do projects with kids, we pick ones that create results quickly. Well, as quickly as you can grow something. But in this case, the unsprouted avocado really did show just how slowly things grow. It also showed us how something molds… yuck!
From this Pin Fail, my boys really did start thinking about just what it takes for something to grow. We talked about the trees that grow for hundreds of years from a tiny sapling to grass that seems to shoot up overnight.
G is for Grow Leaf Rubbings
Following the lead of my kids about what it takes for trees to grow, they couldn’t help themselves but notice all of the beautifully colored leaves falling from the trees in our backyard. Just how do the leaves get food? Looking closely at the leaves, we could see the “veins” that carry the water from the branches throughout the leaf. But once we did the leaf rubbings, those “veins” really popped onto the page and made it that much easier to see.
Leaf rubbings are a wonderful “old-school” project to do with kids. But it really allowed the kids to appreciate just how the leaves develop and the intricate system they have to move water to all of the parts of the leaf.
My regular followers know that I believe in the power of books to help educate our kids and begin a more extended dialogue about different subjects. To keep inspiring your little ones to think about what growing means to them, check out the following garden book affiliate links:
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