Kids Can Grow Healthy Summer Zucchini

June 12, 2015

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As kids grow fruits & veggies themselves, they learn about the healthy benefits of eating them: rich in nutrients and fiber, satisfying and fill you up!

HEAR: Help kids hear the message that veggies are satisfying and fill you up!
SEE: Let them see the fiber and water content in veggies.
DO: Let them do with the opportunity to grow zucchini plants.

Grow Healthy Summer Zucchini
Ahead of Time: Purchase several 16 inch wide plastic pots, potting soil and zucchini seeds

  1. Bring a picture or real example of a zucchini to show the group. Ask how many kids have eaten zucchini in the last month? Mention that zucchini offers fiber and water that helps fill you up when eating, and plenty of nutrients to keep you healthy!
  2. Share some fun zucchini trivia: One medium-sized zucchini has more potassium than a banana and only 25 calories! The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs
  3. Share with the kids that they will be helping to plant, grow and harvest zucchini. If you like, let kids view a video about growing zucchini plants in containers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp8Hnall0aU)
  4. Organize kids into groups based on the number of pots available. Provide soil and let them plant their zucchini seeds. Water and set outside in a protected area to grow.

Optional Activities:

  • Writing Skills: Have kids keep a journal about their plant’s growth progress.
  • Math Skills: Chart growth on a graph.
  • Tasting: Offer raw zucchini sticks as a snack.
  • Food Preparation: Have kids prepare a zucchini recipe with their harvested zucchini, like the recipe in the video above.

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” — Gertrude Jekyll

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