Family Time Calendar: Garden of Eating

A science project for the kids: Plant vegetables and watch them grow.


A scientific study for you: If kids grow their own vegetables, will they be more willing to eat them?

What you'll need:

  • Plants of your choice
  • Soil
  • Plant pot or window box
  • Spoon
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Marker


What you'll do:

Take the kids to the local garden center and let them choose some plants to grow. Herbs, lettuces, beans, tomatoes and some strawberries will all grow happily in pots. Or, if they'd rather, help the kids choose their favorite colors and pick flowering plants to match. At home, let them scoop soil into their pots and, using a spoon, make nice holes for the plants. A drink of water (for the plants, but feel free to have some yourself), and the plants will be on their way. Put a ruler or yardstick in the pot, and every week (or every day, if the kids are really keen) let them mark and date how tall the plants are on the ruler. We hope this makes vegetable eaters out of your children. We can dream!

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