The Foodies

Cooking And Gardening For Young Children.

The Foodies / Resources / Gardening With Kids / Practical Outdoor Garden Projects / Paddling For Potatoes

Search:

Paddling For Potatoes

Paddling For Potatoes

12/01/2010

Paddling For Potatoes

 

Potatoes are a great crop to grow with children, because they are easy to grow and can be grown in a wide variety of containers as well as in the ground.

But when it comes to harvesting the potatoes, how creative can you really get? Well, Jo Watts, a childminder from Nottingham, came up with a novel way to bring lots of fun play into their potato harvest.

Jo and her children grew their potatoes in a tall potato bag, which can be bought from most gardening shops or mail order catalogues. But when it came to harvest time, instead of opening the bag or tipping on to a tarpaulin to harvest the potatoes, Jo had the great idea of turning the bag over into her paddling pool.

 

 

 


Then the children used trowels, buckets and spades and even ride on diggers to find all the potatoes!

 

 

 


This is a great way to make the most of the magic of finding fresh new potatoes in the clumps of soil and roots - like digging for treasure!

 

 

For more information and links on growing potatoes, click here


You might also like…

Celery Stalk Rose Prints

Celery Stalk Rose Prints

02/05/2014

Celery Stalk Rose Prints This is a lovely idea I saw on Maureen Cracknell's Homemade site. It's a cute thing to do next time you have a recipe which needs a whole head of celery in one go and therefore you cut off the stump rather than peeling individual stalks, or you can do the same with a head of crunchy lettuce. So next time you have one of those recipes, get your paints out and let your kids make some pretty art or some greetings cards. The original is h...

Colouring fruit and vegetables

Colouring fruit and vegetables

25/02/2014

Colouring Fruit and Vegetables We found these great food colouring sheets on Today I Ate A Rainbow. Children need to find out about different colours of foods and why they are important for our health, and grouping them by colour in these sheets can help them to recognise fruit and vegetables by matching what colours they are. The example in the picture below are all 'Red' - strawberries, cherries, apples, raspberries and tomatoes, but there are sheets for other colour groups ...

Learn how to use chopsticks

Learn how to use chopsticks

31/01/2014

Learn How To Use Chopsticks Teach your kids how to use chopsticks with cotton wool balls, this is a handy and useful skill when eating Chinese foods. Kids are always fascinated by the method of holding and using these sticks, so why not create an opportunity for them to practice. This activity can be used at any time, instead of your kids struggling through the meal while the food is getting cold. We found this on Play based Learning. This particular activity using...

Square Foot Gardening

16/01/2014

Square Foot Gardening Guide Square Foot gardening is a system which was developed by an American engineer called Mel Bartholomew, and it is a great way to fit lots of vegetables into a small space. It is also great for schools because it makes it much easier to build maths and English activities into the garden. Children can compare the output from different squares and they can take full part in the planning. Older children can do lots of maths comparisons between crops and spac...

Resource Search

Enter your search criteria below and click Go to find what you're looking for.