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Most little kids don't yet have a sense of the life cycle of the food we eat and how plants decompose to support the growth of more plants. Even if you compost, it takes a while for that composting process to play out. One way to get kids right into the action is to engage them in adding food scraps right into soil. Plus, to many kids, the chance to break, mix and mash up scraps and soil is super satisfying stuff!
Try these foods and have fun learning about what each one can do for the soil in your garden!
The chance to break apart and mix together scraps and soil stimulates many senses. We also know that destructive play actually contributes to the development of kids' creativity. Finally, a hands on experience with how foods break down and re-enter the soil gives kids a concrete way to understand the rather elegant cycle that underlies how we all survive!