"We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to care" - John Cleal
We are very lucky to have our own allotment in the village 5 minutes walk from the hall where the children enjoy growing plants, flowers and vegetables. We have a small orchard where the children pick their own apples for snack or to take home. We also have raspberries and strawberries that they harvested each year. The children get to see the full growing cycle from starting seeds off in our propagator until they are small plants which they then plant into the ground and then they help look after them, weeding and watering through the year. The children will then pick those fruits or vegetables to take home or to have for snack. We have made onion soup or fruit smoothies with our own produce and have grown potatoes, beans and peas. The children enjoy our herb garden and have plenty of herbs to cut and use including lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme. We also love seeing all the changes through the seasons including planting our bulbs in the autumn/winter and watching them grow into beautiful flowers in the spring.
The children cut lots of amazing smelling herbs.
Weeding and planting.
Picking our raspberries.
Our allotment in Autumn.
Small world play.
Vegetables we grow.