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Sow and grow


Sow and grow

What to do with this activity?

Every child should have the chance to plant seeds and see them grow. It's something you can do with your own child at home - either in a pot on your windowsill, or in a garden. 

Seeds are usually very tiny, and come in paper envelopes that you can buy. Follow the instructions on the seed packet, and plant them in a tray filled with potting compost. If you water the compost, tiny shoots will soon appear. When the shoots are stronger, transfer them very gently into a plant pot, or into soil in the garden.

Have a look at this link from Buggy and Bunny for some tips. 

Tell your child that a lot of our food comes from plants. Growing plants can give your child an appreciation of grown food. For instance, potatoes aren't difficult to grow - here's a funny youtube video about growing potatoes in a bucket!

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.

  • How can I do more?

    When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.

    But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”

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