An interest in gardening and growing plants from seeds sparked pre-schoolers from ACG Sunderland to set up a free seedling ‘shop’ for their primary school peers.
The children had been inspired by watching primary students tend their vegetable gardens next door to the preschool, so teacher Mayling Wang encouraged them to bring seeds in from home to plant together.
“They had to be patient as they waited for a few weeks for the seeds to sprout, but soon we had so many that we decided it would be nice to encourage the rest of the school to grow their own vegetables.”
Students Katherine Yu, 4, and Mila West, 3, set up shop near the entrance of the preschool where primary students and their parents would walk by after school. Within half an hour, all the seedlings had been taken by inquisitive primary students keen to continue growing at home.
Mayling said the whole experience – from seed to shop – had taught the pre-schoolers a lot.
“We wanted children to learn about where food comes from, to be confident talking to new people, and to feel a sense of belonging to the whole school. They’ve been so engaged and interested in the project, they’ve been asking their parents if they can do gardening and grow veggies at home.”