We Learn a Lot from the Allotments
Monkey Puzzle Nursery pre-schoolers recently made a trip to East Finchley Allotments.
The journey there was exciting as we walked past lots of our local shops. The
children pointed out places that they often visit such as Poseidon for fish and chips,
Costa Coffee and also the New Local Cafe
They noticed Martin Primary School as they passed by and some of our older children were very happy to show their peers the new school they will be going to. At the entrance to the allotments
we were welcomed by Cathy Schling, who has a plot and was our tour guide for the day.
Cathy being a retired teacher was a great help as she was able to support us in educating the children about growing things.
They were in awe of how big the allotments were and of all the plants, vegetables and fruit growing around. It was brilliant for them to see everything growing naturally and think what fun it could be to grow things themselves. Some said that they do gardening in their own back yards and enthusiastically explained all about it to their friends. The concept of growing your own food can be
so exciting, providing a sense of achievement and pride. It gives the children a different outlook on fruit and vegetables, rather than just seeing them stacked up on a shelf in the supermarket. Food for thought!
There were wonderful ideas and experiences shared between their friends and certainly lots of happy memories made. Towards the end, the children picked blueberries off the bushes to collect, wash and enjoy for a snack. We will be going for regular visits with different groups of children and we can’t wait to go back.