Give pairs of children a very clean plastic tray or mat. Have the children wash their hands well. Next, provide slices of cucumber, carrot, or beet; stalks of celery; whole green beans; or cut strips of green pepper. Also supply stalks of broccoli, bean sprouts, and rinsed kidney beans. Help children use the vegetables to assemble a "garden" on their trays. Flowers can be made by placing slices of cucumber or carrot on top of stems of green beans or slices of pepper. Broccoli stalks can become trees and sprouts can be the grass. Kidney beans can be bugs hidden in the grass. Allow children to come up with more ideas as they create their gardens. After children share their gardens, each pair might eat and enjoy the vegetables they have used.
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