Andy’s unique way of teaching is not only by a visual presentation, but a ‘hands on’ experience for all children involved. Our children are invited to watch and participate in an educational show. With focus on such aspects such as healthy eating and environmental awareness, every child has the opportunity to plant their own seeding to take home and care for. The Little Green Thumbs hands-on process all takes place at the mobile gardening trailer which has been purposely built for this experience.
The Little Green Thumbs Tomato Patch program begins with an interactive story that involves the children by encouraging them to help create a scenario where a series of adventures take place. Using props and guided questions, the children are drawn into an imaginative story where a small seed develops into a magnificent sunflower. This introduction exposes children to the life cycle of plants in a simple and entertaining way whilst also giving them an opportunity to express their creative abilities.
Andy then introduces the children to what it takes to become a ‘mini’ gardener. A range of tools are demonstrated and the children are taught about the safety precautions necessary when working outside. There is emphasis on sun safety, backyard hazards and the correct way to use and care for tools. Various plant types from around the world are displayed and discussed, leading into a brainstorming session of the value of edible plants and healthy eating habits.
At this point the children are able to transplant tomato seedlings into their own pots. This is done at a purpose built mobile ‘potting station’, providing each child with soil, seedlings and a 140mm pot suitable for full growth of their own edible plants. These plants can be taken home where the children can continue to grow and maintain them using the knowledge gained through this experience.
“Little Green Thumbs is an educational, exciting and innovative way for children to discover and investigate the natural world and to build a healthy respect and understanding for nature, art, nutrition and the environment“.
Andy Addenbrooke, Founder of Little Green Thumbs