SPROUTS – 5 Senses of Trees

Materials

“5 Senses of Trees” Printable Activity Chart
or notebook, paper, something to write on

writing utensil (optional: one colour for each of 5 senses)

Instructions

go on a backyard amble, neighbourhood walk or trail hike

as you walk, pay close attention to what is around you
is it breezy or windy? let that steer the direction you walk

as you walk, match your breathing to your steps
if you run quickly, does your breathing speed up?
if you walk slowly, can you slow your breath to match?

can you name the 5 Senses?

SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH

what can you discover by using those five senses?

what do you see? hear? smell? taste? feel?

find a tree in your backyard or along your walk or hike
and fill out the “5 Senses of Trees” activity chart

Download Activity as PDF

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GOING GREEN – Play a Hiking (Walking) Game

Materials

optional: 2 board game dice

Instructions

go on a backyard amble, neighbourhood walk or trail hike

Warm Up

as you walk, pay close attention to what is around you
is it breezy or windy? let that steer the direction you walk

as you walk, match your breathing to your steps
if you run quickly, does your breathing speed up?
if you walk slowly, can you slow your breath to match?

after that warm-up, you are ready to play the game!

The Hiking (Walking) Game

this game can be played by one, or many people
and the rules are very simple:

each player will pick a number or roll a dice
(if you are alone, pick or roll two numbers)

move the number of steps that you picked or rolled
if both numbers are the same, turn around before moving

Variations

use the squares of the sidewalk as a board game
and race friends to the end of the block

use dice with higher numbers i.e. 2-4-8-16-32-64
and the game will last longer, covering more ground

Download Activity as PDF

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SPROUTS – Simple Seed Starting 101

SAVING SEEDS FROM KITCHEN SCRAPS

Materials

edible seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
produce: apples, lemons, peppers, squash, tomatoes
spices: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds
other: popcorn kernels, garlic cloves, whole lentils

Instructions

some spices are actually seeds, if they are not too old
many can be planted just like seeds from a packet

loose popcorn for air or stove popping can be planted too

a garlic clove isn’t technically a seed, but each clove
can be planted and will grow into a new garlic plant

as you slice your produce (for example apples, lemons,
peppers or tomatoes) carefully work around the seeds

after you are done preparing your produce for cooking,
pick out the seeds from the remaining scraps

leave any seeds that are wet or have a coating, (for example
tomatoes) to dry out at room temperature before planting

REMEMBER to label everything!

Finishing

after the seeds have dried out, label and store in envelopes
you can save them for later or plant them right away

you can also swap your seeds with friends or community

next time, we will learn how to plant these seeds to grow
seedlings for a windowsill garden or your home garden

SIMPLE SEED STARTING 101

Materials

SEEDS: Beans, Sunflowers, and Nasturtiums are easy to
handle and germinate quickly, or use any seeds you have

small paper cups, toilet paper tubes, or recycled plant pots

lightweight seed starting or potting soil

Instructions

add a small amount of water to the soil until it is just barely
damp and then fill the recycled seedling containers gently

don’t pack the soil down, leave it fluffy with air for the roots!

use a pencil to poke small holes for the seeds to drop into

different seeds need to be planted at different depths:

many seeds can be planted as deep as they are large
for example: a 2cm bean would be planted 2cm deep

this is not always true, so when possible you should
consult the seed packet for more specific details

Finishing

place the pots in a sunny windowsill and check the soil
regularly – make sure the soil does not dry out but don’t
flood the seeds either!

in a few days or weeks you will see tiny green seedlings

pull out the weakest seedlings,
so the remaining plants have space to thrive

next time, we will learn how to turn these seedlings into a
small windowsill garden or plant them in your home garden

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