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Why do it?

  • Gardening provides an opportunity for play that is both purposeful and messy.
  • It’s something to enjoy outside in the fresh air.
  • You can be close to nature and observe and talk about the natural world.
  • There are things to find out about and observe, including how plants grow, what happens when seeds are put into the soil, how they grow, and how they are harvested.
  • There’s a lot to talk about in the garden so it offers another opportunity for language development and for learning garden-related words.
  • Vegetables grown in the garden can be eaten at family meals, making a practical contribution to the family.

How to do it

How to do it / Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi:

  • You’ll need some soil, a place in the garden or in a container with holes in the bottom (for drainage), seeds and water
  • Seeds can be bought or can even be collected from plants that have gone to seed
  • Ask your tamaiti what they think a seed needs to grow
  • Include them in the whole process of caring for seeds – watching, noticing, watering, sheltering, protecting from pests, transplanting, harvesting and then hopefully eating!
  • Notice what insects visit the garden and talk about why insects need plants and why plants need insects
  • In early spring, plant a bulb in a container and leave on a sunny windowsill. Keep it watered. Ask your tamaiti what they think will happen.
  • Read picture books about growth, for example, ‘Jack and the beanstalk’, ‘The Carrot Seed’ (Ruth Kraus), ‘Growing Vegetable Soup’ (Ruth Ehlert)
  • Notice and talk about the life cycle of a butterfly. Read ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’

Using more reo Māori

Spring

Kōanga

Summer

Raumati

Autumn

Ngahuru

Winter

Hōtoke

To germinate

Whakarau

To plant

Whakatō(hia)

To grow

Tipu(ria)

To make grow

Whakatipu(ria)

To water

Whakamākū

To weed

Ngāki(nga)

To protect

Tiaki(na)

Harvest

Te wā hauhake

Bug

Pēpeke

Butterfly

Pūrerehua

Peas

Beans

Pīni

Flowers

Putiputi

Bulb

Tōpuku