Today was another fantastic day with our Little Sprout Campers! We learned so much and had so much fun.
We started off our day by reading a story called "Runaway Garden". It helped us learn all about the different fruits and vegetables that grow in gardens - we also learned about the vegetables that grow above ground and underground. The book helped us learn lots so we could use our knowledge when we were out at the big garden!
Once the book was complete, we took a hike out to the big garden where we got to see so many vegetables! We harvested potatoes, summer squash, zucchini, and kale. We also got to see some carrots, basil, parsley, spaghetti squash, peppers, cabbage, snow peas, and corn. There was so much growing in the garden - it was amazing! While on our walk to the garden, we fed the chickens some of old fruit so it did not go to waste.
We took our harvest finds to the farm stand and got to see what else is for sale!
Then, we came inside and helped farmer David wash the potatoes we harvested so they would be ready to take to the farm stand. Our campers were so helpful!
All that work in the garden got us working up an appetite - we sat down to eat some fruit for snack. We had fruits of all different colors, just like a rainbow! We ate watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, and purple plums! Yum! Everyone kept asking for more.
We cleaned up, washed our hands, and headed outside to see if we could find any pollen - we had just finished talking about how bees and other pollinators help our garden fruits and veggies grow! It was hard to collect some pollen on our paper, but we got to pick some wildflowers to make bouquets! While picking flowers, we investigated the pollen on the flowers. Some of us even found some wild carrot; it smelled delicious!
We brought our bouquets inside and got ready for lunch.
It was time for our wagon ride! We hopped on the wagon and took it out to a shady spot by the pumpkin patch. Before getting off the wagon, we read a story that helped us learn all about where our food comes from to get from the garden into our lunchboxes! Then, we got to investigate our own lunchboxes to learn where our food comes from.
After everyone was all full from lunch and got some energy back, we ran around the field by the pumpkin patch, playing tag and collecting some more wildflowers.
It was time to head back to the classroom for one more activity. We used our crayons and markers to draw our own above/below gardens to show what foods grow above the ground and which ones grow beneath the dirt. We also got to talk about the "helpers" in the garden that keep the soil nice and full of nutrients to help the plants grow!
Once we had finished all of that, it was time to say "see you tomorrow!" to our amazing camper!