Grow your own food
Food tastes much nicer when we grow it ourselves! Here are some ideas for your child to try indoors.
Grow your own bean sprouts
- You will need:
An empty yoghurt/cottage cheese pot (with a lid)
Dried mung beans
- Soak a handful of beans in water overnight.
- Put the beans in the yoghurt pot.
- Pierce several holes in the lid.
- Place the pot in a warm, dark cupboard.
- Twice a day, fill the pot with water, replace the lid and then slowly pour out the water.
The beans will be ready to eat in 3 to 4 days.
Grow your own mustard and cress
You will need:
- Mustard and cress seeds
- A plastic bag
- An empty pot
- A paper towel
- Put the seeds onto a damp paper towel at the bottom of an empty pot.
- Put the pot inside a plastic bag and seal.
- Place the pot in a dark cupboard.
- When the seedlings reach a height of 5cm, remove the pot from the cupboard and place it on a window sill.
- An avocado stone
- A plastic bag
- A small plant pot or empty jam jar
- Place the avocado stone in a pot of compost with the pointed end sticking out from the soil.
- Water the compost and then seal the pot in a plastic bag.
- Put the pot on a windowsill.
- Remove the bag when the leaves begin to appear.
- saucers or shallow plastic trays
- moist kitchen roll
- packets of dried food from the kitchen cupboards
- Place a double layer of moist kitchen roll in the bottom of the shallow plastic trays.
- Then sprinkle on some food from the cupboard.
Keep children interestedHow do I do this?
|Let them grow food!|
Give each child a small part of the garden or a grow bag to produce food!
Or why not see what you can grow indoors?
All supermarkets sell herbs already growing. Introduce your child to these and teach them about flavours, cooking and decoration!
Encourage the children to grow their own herbs from seeds and together delight in the germination and repotting.
Take your children to the local farm. Here they will see the animals and in many 'City' farms they can actually touch the sheep and even milk a cow. In the spring there are Special Days when sheep rearing and baby lambs are on show.
Children can also help to pick fruit especially strawberries, raspberries and visit apple orchards Let the child bring the fruit home and help prepare it for tea!
Talk about all the fruit and vegetables that the children see in the supermarkets and allow them to choose their own bananas, kiwi fruit or grapes.