Friday, October 17, 2008

Gardening with Scissors

Okay, so I'm sure there are special tools for this & that it probably isn't the best for the scissors but Lovely has been really enjoying cutting the dead-heads off the daisies!

I managed to get a huge amount of gardening done across 2 separate days while he either did this job, raked up my garden-waste with the kids rake or dug in the garden bed with his bucket and spade.

But, this daisy business is the best & totally Montessori because there are so many things that can be learnt:

+ recognising which flowers need to be cut off (is it a bud or a flower or is it old now?)
+ using the scissors with purpose
+ holding the stem to steady the daisy and cutting down low with precision
+ carrying the scissors correctly
+ cutting the fresh flowers for the house (which could extend to choosing a vase & filling it also)
+ conversations about lifecycles

I'm sure there are a lot of ideas I haven't even considered yet... plus, the garden looks so much better for it. Yippee!

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