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Kid's Gardening Class and Story Time 2019

Class Descriptions:
Kid’s Gardening Class + Story Time
Provided by Seasonal Solutions and The Learning Tree
June & July (Every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Location: Barkley Square (116th Place & Ash Street)

Welcome Seasonal Solutions as our new partner in providing all of these wonderful gardening classes!  They will offer fun, educational  and creative gardening activities including seed bombing, pizza box planters and more every Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Barkley Square followed by story time with The Learning Tree. (Reservations are recommended; $8 material fee.)

For reservations and payment, contact Seasonal Solutions at (913) 685-4222 or email admin@seasonalsolutionskc.com
Cost: $8 per child. Class size limited. Credit Cards Accepted.

Age Recommendation: 4-10 years old
Cost: $8/child
Date: Every Wednesday in June and July (excluding 7/4)
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: The gazebo in Barkley Square in Park Place (116th Place and Ash Street)
Activities: 10-10:30 a.m.: Gardening activity provided by Seasonal Solutions (see descriptions below), 10:30 a.m.: Story time provided by The Learning Tree. 

Click here to view a video of this event, courtesy of Blue Valley Schools' Center for Advanced Professional Studies, CAPS.

June 5: Seed Bombing
What in the world is seed bombing? Is it some crazy new edible superfood? No! Seed bombs are little balls made up of clay, compost and seeds. They are not explosive or edible! The compost and the clay help keep the seeds together so they can be launched into family gardens, vacant lots, and even into planter beds at your local school. Seeds are light and can be blown around very easily, the clay and compost help keep them together and land in the right spot.
After about three weeks, seedlings will start to make their way through the clay and start to root. Mother Nature helps takes care of this process. The more they grow, the more seedlings start and finally the seedbomb completely dissolves.  You will be holding your own little landscape revolution right there in your hand!
The history of seed bombing is an ancient Japanese practice called Tschui Dango, which means “Earth Dumpling”. Masanobu Fukukao, a Japanese microbiologist/farmer and philosopher re-introduced the practice in 1938.

June 12: Pizza Box Planter
Who doesn’t love pizza?! Well let’s take some empty pizza boxes and grow our own toppings. Our veggies will be tomatoes, basil, onions, bell peppers, and cilantro. But we will not just learn about growing vegetables, we will learn about composting. The three R’s (recycle, reuse and reduce), will also come into play in this class. This is a great introduction into the wonderful world of biology, chemistry and physics. We will talk about organic materials such as Nitrogen and Carbon, and how bugs and worms work to help break down the pizza planter box.When you harvest your pizza toppings, you will have accomplished more in your garden than you think!

June 19: Fairy Houses
Nature is a wonderful place to play and use your imagination. As we build our fairy houses, we will encourage kids to engage not only in pretend play, but inspire in creating, observing, collecting, and communicating with gardens. Many adults still honor fairies in the garden. At the Shoreline Trail at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, there is an entire fairy village that has been created there since the 1800’s. They believe in the four fairy clans, air, fire and tree. Findhorn Gardens in Scotland believes that devas, (Hindu fairies), work with them in their gardens to help grow beautiful vegetables and flowers.  To quote Tinkerbell, " All you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust."

June 26: The Mad Scientist
Simple Straw Aeration Hydroponic System. How do you grow plants without soil? Is this some crazy 21st century thing? Nope. Hydroponics has been around for centuries, from the Floating Gardens of the Aztecs of Mexico to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These simple kid powered systems will help them get the basics of how food can be grown fast and in small spaces. Kids will learn how this passive system works, and will touch on the biology, chemistry and history. All of this geared towards younger enthusiasts.

There will be no class July 3rd due to the holiday.

July 10: Grass Heads
Come and create your own plant person that has grass growing for hair. What do grass and kids have in common? Both need food to help them grow and become healthy. So how does grass eat? It doesn’t have a mouth or teeth? Why photosynthesis of course! And their food type is SUGAR! We will learn all the ways in which grass uses certain ingredients to make food. Hint: It’s all around us. This is a great introduction to how people and plants coexist, or as it is known in the world of science, ethnobotany.

July 17th: Shredded Paper Seed Starters
Let’s talk germination! How do our little seeds grow? We are going to learn all about the different parts of a seed and how they protect themselves in the ground will they warm up and get ready to SPROUT!! We will be using recycled paper shreds and tissue paper, that will be formed from heart shaped cookie cutters. They will be sprinkled with seeds and then let dry. They can be placed in a pot or planter bed at home.

July 24: Wind Chimes
Did you know that archeologists have found wind chimes that date back to over 5000 years? Asia claims they created these enchanting garden creations to ward off evil spirts. Indonesia has adapted them to scare birds away from crops. The Chinese used the music of the chimes to express emotions and establish an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Buddhists liked to hang hundreds or more on their temples, shrines and pagodas. Join us in creating your own peaceful wind chime, perfect for a breezy summer night.

July 31:Flower Pounding Prints
We wind up our summer of gardening fun with a wonderful flower pounding project. Hapa Zome is a Japanese word meaning “leaf dye” and is given to the process of transferring the natural pigments of leaves and flowers onto fabric or paper to create a botanical image. It is also known as Cherokee Leaf printing. We will work on our own piece of flower art as a keepsake from the summer. We will use bright colored flowers and your imagination to create something amazing!