Let Your Garden Grow
Imaginative play provides opportunities for children to identify with the adult world. Children learn from experience. What they see, hear and touch every day gets absorbed into their young minds and shapes how they make sense of the world.
At Chickadee Family Cafe, we strive to provide children with experiences; toys that engage the senses and help them to comprehend the world around them.
Our vegetable garden has been a popular toy since we opened, providing kids with an opportunity to learn about the various vegetables that grow in the ground, teaching them how to plant, water and pick their food.
Parenting hack: becoming familiar with vegetables at a young age helps kids to learn to love them, making them less afraid to eat those brightly coloured foods on their plate.
Creating our vegetable garden was easy. So easy you can make one in your own home! Here’s how we did it:
- Get a rectangular plastic container with low sides. A cardboard box will do too.
- Get pool noodles and cut them to the length of your box. Wrap the noodles in brown felt and secure the felt around the noodle. We sewed them, but you can also glue the felt to the noodle.
- Grab some play veggies. The soft ones we are using in our vegetable garden are from Ikea.
When playing with your vegetable garden, ask your child the names of all of the vegetables.
Identify the colours and let them touch the shape. Remember imaginative play is all about stimulating the senses.
Ask them to plant their vegetables, placing them in between the rows of soil.
Grab a watering can and talk about how vegetables need water and sunlight in order to grow.
Then grab a basket and let your little one pick the veggies to create their own “salad”.