Engaging Children in STEAM - Building a vege patch!
Getting my daughter involved in the building process of the vege patch was a great way to expose her to real life engineering, problem solving and building processes.
Although she was only 1 at the time and couldn't comprehend the theory behind what we were doing, it has been suggested that exposing children to these type of projects can help them to engage with STEAM subjects and gain interest in these subjects as they get older.
When it was time to plant all the seedlings, our daughter was happy to get involved in that too! At just one-year-old she was digging little holes to help her dad plant the carrots and lettuces - She also pulled a few out!
Getting her involved in the planting stage has given her the opportunity to see her little plants grow with her. Over a year later and she has seen her tomatoes, snow peas and capsicums grow several generations as we plant the seeds from the vege scraps when we cook.
Time to reap what you sow
Every other day we go out in the evening after work and look at the veges to see what has grown and pick anything that is ready.
Growing your own food teaches children about sustainability and healthy eating habits. There is nothing more satisfying than watching your child pick a big juicy red tomato straight of the vine and chomp into it like an apple.
Try it yourself
Our vege patch is pretty big and there is no need to go to this extreme to get your kids involved with growing their own food. You could do a similar thing with pots or even mason bars for herbs on the kitchen window!