Every year the kids are in the garden with us. This year I decided to create a planner so that they could get a little more involved with the planning process.
There are several ways you could prepare this planner activity. We used it pin map style. This planner includes grid paper - each square represents a square foot of garden. I printed our first one on white paper. We have changed things up because this is an ongoing activity in our house, and are now using brown construction paper. You can grid that if you wish, or print on brown paper. You could also use brown felt and grid it...or... just use it as is. You could cut out the images and labels, and glue them down onto your garden paper...or...you could even print them onto a magnetic sheet and use a magnet board!!
Lot's of ideas to customize this to meet your needs. We liked the idea of pins for planting standing plants.
We went outside and measured our garden. We counted and taped together the number of sheets/squares required to create the size of our garden. This provided another opportunity to discuss the calculation of area.
I use quilt pins for pin map pieces, with the big flat yellow disks on top. I simply tape them to the back of labels. I like this because the pins have a large surface area at the top for the tape to adhere to. I can also easily remove them and just use the pieces should we wish to. I did laminate our pieces.
I also put together a set of cards with simple garden definitions. These are very basic and Xander really liked them. I have also included those.