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Mom Squad: Planting seeds for learning

As Maureen Kyle works with her kids at home, she is sharing ideas on what to do to keep them entertained and engaged.
Credit: Maureen Kyle, 3News

CLEVELAND — Kids don't want to be cooped up inside, so let's take the learning outside. For today's educational craft, I had my girls start a vegetable garden. 

I bought a seed starter kit, some soil and let them pick out which vegetables they would want to grow (...and a watermelon, fingers crossed). 

As we filled the trays with dirt, we talked about how much sun each set of seeds would need, how far down they needed to be planted, how big they would get and what we would need to do to make sure they grow. 

My hope is that this becomes an ongoing lesson as we attend to our mini-garden's needs. 

Credit: Maureen Kyle

Our next discussion will center around how bugs, birds and plants all help each other in the ecosystem. 

My other big hope: They will be more than excited to eat those rainbow carrots once they are fully grown in the fall.

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