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Recycle & Grow

Understanding where our food comes from and respecting the process of growing is fundamental to our core as humans.  Children can be encouraged to learn about fruit, vegetables and where their meat comes from in so many inspiring and fun ways, and we hope this page gives you lots of ideas and tips on what you can do at home to help manage food effectively, reduce costs, recycle our waste grow into new productive plants.

We hope you enjoy the ideas we've pulled together for you here - have fun!

With the abundance of empty loo roll inners(!), why not teach your children to recycle these into compostable seed pots!

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Amaze your children by picking stinging nettles by using 'pinching' fingers on the top and underside of a leaf - AVOIDING the stinging edges! Rinse and then steep in boiling water for 5 minutes for nettle tea!

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Rose hips give the most delicious syrup after the first frosts! They should be squidgy to the touch and you can gently suck the sweet syrup from inside!

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A tip my parents gave me was never to eat blackberries lower than your knee - you never know how many dogs have passed that way and used the bush as a toilet!

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Introduce children to 'chitting' potatoes by putting an old potato on the sunny windowsill and watching the sprouts grow.

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Don't be afraid to use and explain words such as germinate, carbon dioxide, oxygen and even photosynthesis! Stretch children's minds in fun ways!

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Parent Tips

Early Years Activities

There are so many sources of information on the internet for growing activities for children - we particularly love educating children on the natural abundance of wood in the wild such as wild garlic in the Spring, honeysuckle in the Summer, chestnuts in the Autumn and rose hips in the Winter

Activity 1

Regrow your food waste!

 

There are plenty of foods that if replanted, can grow again in water or soil!  Click on the link below for a list of foods and instructions on how to regrow food such as lettuce, avocado and carrots!  Happy growing!

Activity 2

 

Dandelion & Lemon Biscuits

 

Forage approx 20 dandelion heads

125g softened butter

100g caster sugar

1 egg

Zest of 1 lemon and & 1tbsp of lemon juice

180g plain flour

20g cornflour

1/4 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

Children can enjoy washing the dandelions and then pinching out the petals (why not practice their cutting skills with scissors!).  Try not to get too much green in the mix as this will give a more bitter taste.

Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy - add the egg and lemon zest.

Add the dry ingredients & mix well.

Add the lemon juice and petals and mix well.

Drop spoonfuls onto a baking tray and put in the oven for 12 minutes (180C/350F/gas 4) until lovely and golden.

Allow to cool once cooked and enjoy!  Why not make foraged nettle tea for a lovely treat!

To mix things up, why not try lavender, marigold or rose petals...

Activity 3

 

Jack's Magic Beans

 

You will need a jam jar, paper towels, runner beans (or quick growing seeds such as peas) and water.

1 - fill the jar with paper towels (great job for little exploring hands!)

2 - Sprinkle water into the jar to moisten the paper towels, being careful not to saturate!

3 - Push the seeds down the edge of the jar (so they're in contact with the paper towel and can been observed easily)

4 - place in a sunny place and keep moist

5 - watch them grow!

This is a great activity for children to learn how seeds germinate - why not get your magnifying glass out and record the stages of growth (roots pop out, roots push down, rots develop hairs etc).  Children could even draw each stage and record in their special 'Growing Journal'

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