Young children learn through play. When young children are actively involved in their own learning and having fun at it, they learn better. You can support their learning by engaging them playfully in everyday activities. The activities on our site are based on everyday experiences, use materials commonly found in the home, and most importantly designed to encourage children’s healthy development in all areas (physical, social emotional, language and literacy, and cognitive).


An introduction to gardening

What You Need:

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Plastic cups (cardboard egg carton or recycled food containers)

  • Soil

  • Spray bottle

  • Scoop to transfer soil to cup

What To Do:

  1. Encourage your child to scoop the soil into the cup. Fill to ¾ of the cup.

  2. Poke 2 holes in the soil.

  3. Place a seed in each hole and cover the seeds with soil.

  4. Spray the soil with water (this can be done daily).

  5. As the plant grows (it usually takes a few days for a small sprout to appear), talk about how the plant is growing.