Although there are many more fruits and veggies that could be fun for kids, I'm going to finish my "Making Gardening Fun for Kids" series with my kids' favorite, Indian popcorn!
1. Simple Picking: Kids will enjoy picking the popcorn because it's so easy! The stalks tend to be short, or 'kid size', and little ones can easily walk along pulling ears of popcorn off. If you have competitive kids, make a game out of it!
2. Husking: Like Opening Presents: With Indian popcorn, husking each ear is like opening another present and finding something new and beautiful inside. The kids find a lot of joy in this step of harvesting as they light up and excitedly show you the 'pink and purple' ear or the one that is 'all gold'!
3. Grouping Families: The popcorn gets bundled into groups of three's to dry, or little 'families' to the kiddos. The kids can spend hours going through the ears of popcorn looking for three that are the same size and coordinating colors. These little 'families' spend a lot of time together so they need to have a lot in common ;-)
4. Shelling: When the popcorn in dry and ready to shell, the kids become more than willing to make their little thumbs sore to see who can shell the most! The best part is popping up a batch to enjoy while they're busy at work.
5. Gifting: After all the work that the kids go through, it's fun for them to have a chance to share their harvest. A bag of Indian popcorn, bundled with popcorn seasoning, hot cocoa and maybe some chocolate in a popcorn container makes a beautiful and delicious gift for teachers! :-)
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