Growing a garden gives preschoolers an interactive science lesson on plant growth. It's a great way to teach them about food sources, healthy eating and taking care of living things. Whether you grow vegetables or flowers, encourage the kids to explore the plants as they grow. Making observations about the garden helps them draw conclusions about plant growth. Use the garden as a learning tool, incorporating classroom activities with the garden.
Select a location for the preschool garden before you begin the project. The location is important to ensure proper growth, with sunlight and good drainage necessary. You might have restrictions on locations at the preschool so verify your choice with the director before proceeding. Consider a container garden if a garden plot isn't possible.
Introduce the concept of gardening to the preschoolers. Ask them what they know about gardens and growing plants. Consider inviting a local gardening expert as a special speaker.
Visit local gardens or show the kids pictures of gardens. This gives all of the kids a chance to see gardens for themselves so they understand the concept.
Let the preschoolers suggest plants to grow in the garden. Encourage them to think of the fruits, vegetables and flowers with which they are familiar. Write down everything they say as long as it fits under the plant category.
Help the kids narrow down the list based on the amount of space you have available. Eliminate the plants they suggested that won't grow well in your area. Use this as a discussion about different climates and how plants grow better in certain areas.
Take a field trip to a local plant nursery. Explore the types of flowers and vegetables available for planting. Purchase the plants or seeds necessary for the garden.
Involve the kids in planting the vegetables or flowers. This allows them to see the process from beginning to end. Let them assist with maintaining the garden.