Today, we kicked off our “Grow Week” by studying Psalm 1. The Bible often makes comparisons to agriculture because people are familiar with that. In Psalm 1, the person whose “delight is in the law of the LORD” will be like a “tree firmly planted by streams of water.” We talked about the fact that the only sure foundation for life is God’s Word! God will grow us into strong trees as we meditate on and obey His word.
We also sang a preschool favorite (complete with motions)… “Read your Bible and pray every day, pray every day, pray every day. Read your Bible and pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, GROW!”
After driving to three stores in the very cold wind, we had all the materials we needed to start our gardening projects!
First up: 1/100th Acre Farms from this month’s Family Fun magazine!
We lined the bottom of two cake pans (ones that I don’t bake in… this one is used for this activity) with a layer of stones (to allow the soil to drain). I bought a big bag of stones at Home Depot for $2.50. Now I need to hide the rest of the bag before Owen finds them in the garage and starts throwing them at the van or something… Gravel would have been better, but I didn’t want to own a big bag of gravel. We can use the leftover stones for more planting as well as art projects!
We covered the stones with a layer of topsoil, and then sprinkled on Bermuda grass seed. The magazine said to use Rye grass, but we couldn’t find that. Apparently, they only carry Rye grass for the winter planting season… We used a small rake to mix the seed with the soil (following seed pkg. directions).
Once the grass grows, the boys will have their own “farms”! They can make play areas for their dinosaurs, army guys, etc. and “mow” the grass with scissors. Gresham can’t wait. He was hoping the grass would have sprouted by the end of nap time…
We also planted some beans in a glass jar so that we can actually see them sprout! The beans were left over from this project. We used damp paper towels to keep the beans on the sides of the jar. This is a great way to observe geotropism – which means a plant’s response to gravity. The roots will always grow down and the stem will always grow up no matter which way you turn the seed in the jar. It’s fun to watch them sprout from different angles! Make sure to add a little water to the paper towels every day.
We’ll post pictures of the results of both of these projects, but I wanted to go ahead and post the ideas since they are fun activities for spring break week.
Books to Read
Frog and Toad Together is a great book to go along with planting seeds! I love Frog singing to and reading to his seeds, and the story helped Gresham get a better handle on how soon his seeds are going to sprout! Frog and Toad All Year is another good one – it covers the different seasons.
Here’s what’s up for tomorrow: Getting the oil changed in the van! Okay, we won’t blog about that, but I’m hoping that we can visit a local farm while we’re out!