Kids immersed themselves in a the rush of autumn leaves that filled our tent all day long as the wind provided us with everything needed to create masks, wands, crowns, weaves and boats. Through play, we naturally learn to care for the environment and support children to become environmentally responsible.
Get the kids excited about fresh fruit and get them in the kitchen making lemonade. Always harvest what you can from the garden or ask a neighbour, we're sure they would be happy to trade a few lemons for an icy cold cup of homemade lemonade. We made lemonade for an end of term class … Continue reading Lemonade Fun
There is nothing better than harvesting your own food that you have grown! This year we worked with grades 2,3 and 4 for a term at Bonbeach Primary School, Melbourne, during winter and the beginning of spring. For 1 hour a week we met with students and learnt how to grow food and everything in … Continue reading LEARNING IN THE GARDEN
Vegepod is hands down the best way to grow strawberries! If you have grown strawberries with a success rate of ho hum.... have a go at growing in a Vegepod. This spring we decided to fill our pod with mixed varieties of strawberries and have had amazing success. Firstly because of the mesh cover, it keeps those little red gems safe from birds, bugs and kids with curious fingers. Secondly because of the inbuilt wicking system where the plants draw water from below the soil not from a top watering system
Building Nature play spaces for schools and children doesnt have to be a daunting experience. Sometimes the hardest part is where to start! Pick up a shovel, get hold of some logs or old tyres, a bucket, some mud and just go with the flow, the kids will show you what they want if you … Continue reading Nature Play with Maggie Dent
The Victorian Schools Garden Award (VSGA) recognises, rewards and celebrates the gardening achievements of schools, their students and community in existing and newly established school gardens. It is run annually across both metropolitan and regional Victoria. Now in its 40th year, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards have a long history of bringing gardening skills and … Continue reading VSGA – Victorian Schools Garden Awards Bonbeach Primary School 2017
We welcomed in Spring with a day of edible seed planting for kids to take home, nurture and harvest at a recent workshop. Learning about where food comes from by growing it, eating it and playing with nature in an unstructured environment should be part of every childhood. Choosing vegetables that grow quickly is ideal … Continue reading Spring planting for kids
They share their food growing ways with parents, students and wider community, growing organic fruit, vegetables and flowers whilst making it fun to play outdoors in a sustainable environment. Tee-pee’s come and go, sensory gardens are forever changing, nature play structures are always being built, worm farms & compost heaps brew, organic veggie patches grow, fruit orchards bloom, community plots are nurtured, frog bogs are busy and mud kitchens are a messy place for little hands full of fun. There is something for everyone to interact with in the garden.
Join us, Growing Green Thumbs, Sunday September 10th at Bonbeach Farmers Market as we welcome in Spring and plant an edible seed to take home. This is a FREE workshop that will run during the market for kids. (adult supervision is required) 9am-11am Hands on learning always creates a sense of achievement for kids and … Continue reading Welcome Spring – seed planting workshop
Over the past few weeks we have been busy working with a group of kids at Bonbeach Primary School. Many discussions were had about plant life cycles with a focus on pollination and flowers so it was understood that the flowers have a purpose and are not there just to look pretty. The students needed … Continue reading Creating imagination spaces for kids