Little Green Thumbs Tomato Patch Program & World Earth Day – Monday 19th April & Thursday 21 April.
Morningside Junior Kindergarten 1, Kindergarten 2 and Morningside Preschool children and educators participated in the Tomato Patch Program presented by Andy and his adorable three year old, Louie, from Little Green Thumbs.
The Tomato Patch Program is a performance-based program for young children, and introduced the children to the wonders of nature, provided environmental awareness and hands on experience for them.
Our children began by listening to an interactive story that involved the children by encouraging them to help create a scenario where a series of adventures take place. Using props and guided questions, Andy was able to draw an imaginative story where a small seed develops into a magnificent sunflower. This introduction exposed the 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 engaged the children in a discussion about what it takes to become a “mini gardener”. He demonstrated how to use a range of tools and the children are taught about safety when working outside. Andy emphasised sun safety, backyard hazards and the correct way to care for tools. Andy had a display of various plants from around the world and he and the children participated in a discussion which led to a brainstorming session on the value of edible plants and healthy eating habits.
At this point Andy took the children outside where they were able to transplant tomato seedlings into their own pots. This is done at a purpose built “potting station”, providing each child with soil, seedlings and a 140mm pot suitable for full growth of their own edible plants. These plants have been taken home where the children can continue to grow and maintain them using the knowledge gained through this wonderful experience.
As an extension from Little Green Thumbs and to also celebrate World Earth Day, Puss In Boots children became “mini gardeners” and planted their very own pot plants for our outdoor gardens. The children enjoyed sowing rosemary, peppermint, oregano, basil and thyme. They also planted lettuce, beetroot, carrot and peas. Educators and children engaged in discussions about everyday things we can do to look after our planet. The preschool children watched Youtube videos about recycling and composting, saving water and electricity and planting trees.