One of my favorite things to do in the summer is seeing my plants and gardens grow. Teddy loves being outside. It relaxes him, entertains him, gives him a little dose of Vitamin D, but on of the best parts is the opportunity for sensory learning experiences. There are so many colors, textures, smells, tastes and sounds you can hear in the garden.
Teddy loves to point at the flowers and I will tell him what color it is and what the flower is called. Then he examines the flowers between his fingers, smells them and occasionally tries to eat them. He loves when I smash the leaves of my herbs like mint and oregano and let him smell the difference between them. I let him pick strawberries off of the vine and taste them. He likes to splash in the watering can and try to move dirt around with his little shovel. The new sensory experiences from the garden help stimulate brain growth and cognitive development.
I thought that because the garden is such a great place for learning, I would compile a list of my favorite garden-themed books so learning can be continued inside!
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GARDENING-THEMED PICTURE BOOKS
Simple and colorful pictures illustrate the life cycle of a vegetable starting with the seed, watering it and watching it grow. Then the father and his child in the book pick the veggies and use them to make a delicious soup!