When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.
-Maria Montessori

blooming flowerPlanting helps to nurture children’s sense of responsibility as it gives them the opportunity to care for the plant and take charge of its growth (i.e. prevent it from withering). Through this meaningful experience, children will also learn about the life cycle of a plant – a subject matter of Science.

So… Let’s get started!

Firstly, you will need these materials:

  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • A small flower pot
  • Spade
  • Water

Where you can get them:

Seeds

  • FairPrice (e.g. assorted packet seeds – snake bean, cauliflower snowball, bitter gourd, spinach, pakchoi white – $1.53/pack)
  • Around your neighbourhood (e.g. market, convenience store, nursery)

Soil

  • Cold Storage (e.g. mix burnt soil – $2)
  • FairPrice (e.g. Horti soil mixture, 3 kg – $4.74), GG fresh flower (http://www.ggfreshflower.com/)
  • Nursery

girl with amaryllis by cielekeFlower pot

  • Daiso
  • Cold Storage (e.g. pot without hanger (12 cm) – 60 cents, pot without hanger (15cm) – 80 cents)
  • Nursery

Spade

  • Daiso
  • Nursery

Notes: Each item at Daiso is priced $2. All items mentioned above are subject to availability and location and all prices are subject to location, promotion

For more tips, visit http://easigarden.com

Next, it’s time to get your hands to work!

Step 1

  • Pour soil into the flower pot using a spade.
  • You can replace a flower pot with an empty container, and a spade with a shovel or gardening scoop

Step 2

  • Sprinkle 3 to 4 seeds on the soil.
  • The number of seeds is based on your choice
  • Make sure the seeds are separate from one another to ensure their healthy growth
  • Remember, the lesser the seeds, the faster your plant(s) will bloom

Step 3

  • Water regularly so that the soil is damp but not wet (at least twice a day)
  • Place the pot where it can get an adequate amount of sunlight (e.g. near the windows).

Educational Tip: “Children are active learners” They learn best through hands-on activities and experiences where they get to explore and experiment with their 5 senses to make sense of their own world.

Be hardworking and patient in planting. We are sure that your consistent efforts will be paid off. Let it Bloom!

Have fun planting with your child!

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By Joyce, Gui Ling and Joanna