We went outside the other morning and saw that the first of our strawberries have begun blossoming!!! I just put these plants in the middle of our flower garden and they are doing well, but didn’t have a place marker or label to say what they are. Although it is obvious to even a 2 year old, I am trying not to just garden, but to use the garden as a resource to make learning real and connected. My 2 year old is learning his letters, so I wanted to make these the focus of the label. My 5 year old has begun reading, so I wanted to include simple sentences that use sight words and words that can teach her a vocabulary word or connect to a different subject matter. I am sure that you can guess all the amazing things we can talk about in just this strawberry marker; geography, writing conventions (when to capitalize a word), and food groups.
I have tried many different types of labels; premade, Popsicle sticks, cut up milk jugs, painted on sticks, rocks and more, but these are the quickest, easiest way to add more letters and words to your garden. They will not last forever, but should do for a year or two! I use contact paper, but if you have a laminator, that would work too. Just remember to leave a big space around the card so that water doesn’t leak in.
3×5 note cards
Chop stick / craft stick / any old stick
What to do:
1. Make your card. Cut the contact paper double the size of your card plus space for the wide edges.
2. Make sure to leave 1/2 inch or more all the way around the edges. Seal.
3. Tape the stick to the back
4. Let your kids place the marker near the plant it describes!
5. Read it often! Words are just words unless you interact with them.