Summer is just around the corner! What better way to shake those winter blues than by getting outdoors? There are so many fun projects to do with your kids outside. Kids love to play outside, get dirty, explore in the soil, and search for worms and insects. By playing outdoors, kids are exploring science. A great outdoor summer activity to do as a family is gardening.
Gardening allows kids to participate in active learning. Kids will learn about plants, animals, insects (specifically pollinators), and many new skills along the way. By growing their own fruits and vegetables, kids will understand how food is grown and will have pride in their accomplishments. 40 Ideas For Gardening With Kids (The Actually Make It Fun) provides great ideas for families to try together this summer.
Don’t have any outdoor space for gardening? Consider bringing the garden indoors! Aquaponics is a system that combines raising fish and growing plants in water, in a symbiotic environment. Aquaponics farming uses lesswater and land compared to traditional agriculture. You can convert a 10-gallon fish tank into a garden! Here at Gateway to Science we have our own aquaponics system. Our resident fish and plants work together. The fish provide the nutrients for the plants and the plants keep the water clean. With aquaponics you can grow fresh, organic food all year long in your home. DIY Beginner Aquaponics Projects offers simple aquaponics projects for beginners (or anyone).
Whether its traditional gardening, or taking a plunge into aquaponics, growing plants is a fun way for kids to learn about science, the environment, food cycle and food sustainability. Have fun this summer with the kids and GARDEN!
~ Janet Rosario, STEM Leader