Gardening – Playgroup
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Creating and caring for a garden at as a group fosters a sense of belonging, togetherness and pride.
Gardening together gives lots of opportunity for conversations. Give children a chance to initiate the interaction at their level and then keep the conversation going by making comments, giving simple explanations and asking only occasional questions that match the children’s level of development.
Some outdoor time at playgroup provides a balance of activities and helps children with concentration and attention. Children can find their own space if they need a break, or share roles with others. This helps their self-awareness and social and emotional development.
Children’s magnifying glasses are great tools for inspecting the patterns of leaves or what bugs live in the garden.
On a rainy day, leaves and sticks from the garden can be used inside to create playdough gardens.
Supervision is required to ensure children are safe from harmful animals or plants. Check the garden for any chemicals (pellets, sprays) or dangers before exploring. Always use sun protection when playing outside & supervise around water. Make sure children wash their hands after gardening.
Kid Safe has put together a fact sheet on toxic plants and kids, you can view it here.
Across the ages
Activities listed under “playgroup” are suitable for groups of children of various ages. They provide opportunities for early learning and social play.