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IntroductionGrab your garden hat and gloves, and HELP US PLANTSEEDS of CO M PAS S I O N with the kids in your life!We’re gardeners at Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. We know the P O W ERof PLANTS to change the world. Blooming flowers and fresh fruitsand vegetables provide us with more than beauty and food—theybring us benefits like HOPE, JOY, and P EA C E, too. We knowthat with each seed we plant, we also cultivate kindness, love,and understanding. Gardening offers so many opportunitiesfor us to M AKE OUR WORLD a better place to LIVE and GROW.HOW GARDENS HELP GROW COMPASSIONIt is never too early to introduce kids to the importance of compassion, and gardening is the perfect handson learning tool to help you do it. As they plan their garden, children learn to observe the world around them, creatively overcomechallenges, and see possibility in all circumstances. As they plant seeds, kids learn to be patient and hopeful. Caring for their young plants shows them how to meet the needs of living things and takeresponsibility for the wellbeing of others. Harvesting the fruits of their labour brings joy and helps them see the value of hard work. Sharing their harvest gives them a chance to show generosity and express gratitude. Pride in their accomplishments allows their self-confidence to soar.Most importantly, a garden demonstrates how all the living and non-living elements in our environment areintricately interconnected, and it shows what we can accomplish when we work together.HOW GARDENS HELP GROW COMPASSIONWe created the Compassion Flower Garden Guide to inspire you to embark on garden adventures with thekids in your life and to begin planting the seeds of compassion in your home and community.There are six projects. Each pairs a compassion-related life lesson with a simple garden activity to help kidsexperience the concept in a practical, real-life way. Although we named them Weeks 1–6, feel free to do theprojects on your own schedule, in any order you like.Each project also includes a follow-up activity that kids can share with family, friends, and other membersof your community. As kids spread the message of love and compassion, they learn that through one kind,green act at a time, together we can grow a more compassionate world!Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE1

COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN PROJECTS :WEEK1COMPA S S IO NKids will explore ways to express compassion by learning how our gardensand green spaces can be designed to provide homes for a wide diversity ofliving creatures.Activity: Wildlife Scavenger HuntExtended Activity: Plant a Butterfly GardenWEEK2T EA MW ORKEverything works better when we do it together! Kids will learn the value ofteamwork as they investigate the importance of pollinators in the garden.Activity: Be the Bee GameExtended Activity: Make Pollinator Seed BallsWEEK3KINDNES SAs givers and receivers of kind acts, kids learn just how much kindnessmatters in our world. The garden offers lots of opportunities for kids toshare kindness with others.Activity: Homemade Bird FeedersExtended Activity: Make New Plants from Old PlantsWEEK4FR IENDS HIPOur friendships help us understand compassion and bring joy and laughterto our lives. Friends come in all shapes and sizes and can even include leafygreen pals!Activity: Plant PalsExtended Activity: Make a Green Friendship FortWEEK5GENER OS ITYGenerosity doesn’t have to involve giving things; it can be about giving of yourself in other ways, such as offering your time or effort to someone. This can bejust as meaningful — if not more so! — than a gift of something you purchased.Activity: Garden Gift CertificatesExtended Activity: Make a Container GardenWEEK6GR AT IT UDEExpressing appreciation and thanks to others for their kindness is how we closethe loop of compassion. Kids can create fun and beautiful gifts from the gardento express their gratitude.Activity: Pressed Flower Thank You CardsExtended Activity: Make Seed Paper CardsMrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE2

W E EK1CO M PAS S IONSummaryKids will explore ways to express compassion by learning how our gardens andgreen spaces can be designed to provide homes for a wide diversity of livingcreatures.OverviewWe show compassion for others when we help those in need. Showingcompassion is a two-step process. First, we must identify the needs of others,and second, we must take actions to help them meet those needs.Use your garden or a local green space to help kids hone their compassionskills by learning about the animals that live there, and then discovering waysto plan and plant garden spaces to meet their needs. From flying birds soaringoverhead to worms wiggling below our feet, gardens and green spaces arehabitat for a diversity of animal life. Natural areas and well-designed gardensprovide all the elements living creatures need to survive, including air, water,food, and shelter/nesting sites.Animals commonly found in a green space or garden include spiders, worms,butterflies, lady bugs, beetles, pill bugs, bees, ants, birds, and squirrels.Garden elements that help meet their needs include: Plants that release oxygen into the air Rain, natural elements like ponds and streams, and man-madesources that provide water Plant parts, other insects/animals, and human-provided foodsthat offer nourishment Trees, rocks, and soil that serve as shelter and nesting sitesMrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE3

WILDLIFE SCAVENGER HUNTIn this activity, kids observe and record your garden’s residents byconducting a wildlife scavenger hunt, looking for both common gardeninhabitants and evidence of the elements they need to survive. (If youdon’t have a garden available, a local park or green space works greattoo.)Materials Compassion Flower Wildlife Scavenger Hunt Worksheet(print out a copy for each child or pull up on a device) Clipboard or piece of cardboard with paper clips to support paper Pencil, crayon, marker, or penInstructionsRead and discuss the book A Place to Grow by Stephanie BloomFor this activity, choose a day with comfortable weather and a relaxedschedule. Print out a Compassion Flower Scavenger Hunt Worksheet foreach child and attach it to a clipboard or piece of cardboard to provide asturdy writing surface. If you do not have a printer available, you can also call itup on an electronic device as an alternative.1.Start by asking kids, Who lives in our garden and/or green space? Helpthem generate a list of what kinds of creatures they think they mightfind. What do these creatures need to live? Can our garden help themmeet their needs?2.Explain that they’ll be heading outdoors soon and set the stage with afew tips for observation: We are going to respect all life in the garden. We will observe livingcreatures with our eyes, not our hands.Estimated Time to Complete15-30 minutes Let’s use quiet voices and gentle feet so we don’t scare off theanimals. Remember to look in hidden places like in the soil and under leavesand rocks. Replace rocks and leaves when you’re done.3.Have kids grab their favorite writing implements.4.Head outdoors and start the search for wildlife and the elements thatmeet their needs. Let them know how much time they’ll have, forexample 15 or 30 minutes.* If you would like help identifying anythingyou see, the app Seek by iNaturalist is a useful tool to help with plantand animal ID. More details are available about it at:https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek app.5.At the end of the hunt, gather kids and prompt them to share whatthey found with questions, such as, What did you find in the gardenthat you expected to see? What surprised you? Keep a list of thecreatures they report and ask, How many different types of animals didwe find? Did our garden (or green space) provide all of the elementsthese animals need to survive? Is there anything we could add to ourspace to help met their needs?Bring the conversation back to the SUBJECTof C O MPA SSIO N . REMIND THEM thatcompassion is a two-step PROCESS. This activityrepresents the first step of identifying the NEEDSOF OTH ER S , and considering ways to help.*Note: You can follow up by visiting the garden/green space at different timesof the day to see if time, temperature, and sunlight impact what they see.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE4

WI L D L I F E S CAVENGERNature ECTIONS: Place an “X” over the animals and elements for life you find in your garden or green space.Visit us at: www.kidsgardening.org 2017, KidsGardening.org, All Rights ReservedMrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE5

EXTENDED ACTIVITY: PLANT A BUTTERFLYGARDENKids love butterflies! Encourage their connection to the natural worldand foster compassion by letting kids help provide for the needs of thesewinged wonders.Elements of a successful butterfly garden include: Food sources (host plants): Adult butterflies thrive on nectar,a sugary substance produced by flowers. Choose a variety of plantswith colourful, nectar-rich flowers, with a focus on flowers that arenative to your region. The insects’ larval stages (caterpillars) munchon foliage — and most species are fussy eaters and will consumeonly one or a few types of plants. Monarch caterpillars, for example,eat only milkweed leaves. Have kids research butterflies that arenative to your region to discover what plants their larvae eat. Kidswill learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, and hopefully view eachstage of growth — egg, caterpillar (larva), pupa, and adult. As theylearn about the needs of butterflies, they’ll discover the intricaterelationships among plants and animals. Water: Include a water source, such as shallow pools andbirdbaths as well as mud puddles, which provide importantminerals. Shelter: Butterflies need a place to rest, hide from predators, andescape wind and rain. Trees, shrubs, tall grasses, and piles of rocksand/or brush all provide protection.Compassion Flower Scavenger Hunt WorksheetPlace an “X” over the animals and elements for life you find in your gardenor green space.Use this page as inspiration for the Compassion Flower Scavenger /uploads/2017/05/KGNScavengerHunt-2.pdfPossible scavenger hunt squares:Animals:spiders, worms, butterflies, lady bugs, beetles, pill bugs, bees, ants, birds, andsquirrelsPossible garden elements:Air: show a cloud or wind gustWater: raindrop, water puddle, hoseFood: plant leaves, fruit, flowers, grass, bird feeder/seedsShelter: trees, soil, rocks, nestBy including these elements, your garden will not only attract butterflies,but will also act as a beacon for hummingbirds, pollinators, and beneficialinsects.As kids participate in this activity, remind them that by observing anycreature (insect, animal, human), determining its needs, and takingactions to help them meet those needs, they are practicing compassion.For more detailed instructions about planning a butterfly garden plant-a-butterfly-garden/Suggested Books:Lessons from Mother Earth by Elaine McLeodA story about a young girl visiting her grandmother’s garden. She learnsthat if you take care of the plants that are growing and learn about them,you will always find something to nourish you. This story demonstrates theFirst Nations’ tradition of taking care of Mother Earth.Isabella’s Garden by Glenda MillardThis story tells the tale of growth and change in Isabella’s beautifulgarden - the flourishing of plants, the coming and going of the animals,insects and seasons.A Place to Grow by Stephanie BloomFollow Tiny Seed’s journey to find just the right home.Planting the Trees of Kenya—The Story of Wangari Maathai by ClaireNivolaBased on a true story, learn what happens when a group of dedicatedpeople set out to change their world.Bea’s Bees by Katherine PryorDiscover how we can be compassionate to wildlife through our gardensand green spaces.Additional Resources:Seek by iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek appAn app to help you identify plants and animals.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE6

W E EK2TE AMW ORKSummaryEverything works better when we do it together! Kids will learn the value ofteamwork as they investigate the importance of pollinators in the garden.OverviewWorking as a team can have amazing results and sometimes there are thingswe just can’t accomplish on our own. Learning how to work with others is animportant life skill, and a garden can help kids learn value of teamwork. Theprocess of pollination is a perfect example. In nature, flowering plants team upwith animals we call pollinators to be able to make their fruits and seeds. Inthis lesson, kids will investigate how these plants and animals work togetherto keep life going.Why do plants have flowers? Flowers have one very important job: to makeseeds. Seeds grow into new plants and ensure that we have plenty of plantsliving in our environment. Although flowers on different plants may notresemble each other, they all have certain parts, including: Petals: The often-colourful structuresthat surround the seed-making parts. Stamens: The parts that makepollen — tiny grains that contain one typeof reproductive cell and are often yellowin colour. Pistil: The part that contains the othertype of reproductive cell and the placewhere the seeds form.To make seeds, pollen from the stamens must be moved to the pistil. In somecases, the pollen moves with the help of wind or water. However, for manyplants, the flower needs animals like bees or butterflies to move its pollen toa pistil. These animal/insects are called pollinators, and the process is calledpollination.One out of every three bites of food we eat depends on apollinator!Why do pollinators visit flowers? To feed on their sweet nectar (and sometimessome of the pollen). As they sip, pollen grains adhere to their bodies, andwhen they move from flower to flower, some of this pollen is transferred.Successful pollination results in the development of fruits and seeds.This partnership is beneficial to both pollinators and plants. Pollinatorsget food, and plants get help making fruits and seeds. Since plants are animportant source of oxygen, food, and shelter, all animals benefit from thisresult.To get kids excited about pollination teamwork, play the following game.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE7

BE THE BEE ACTIVITYIn Be the Bee, kids pretend to be bees collecting pollen from flowers totake to their hive to feed their young. By altering the number of bees, themovement of the bees, and the number of flowers available, you can showkids how these factors impact the work of pollinators. This activity worksbest with groups of three or more kids (or adults) to be bees.Materials Chart paper Marker Timer 4 or 5 buckets or boxes Paper Tape Styrofoam balls or pompoms (optional)Estimated Time to Complete30 minutesInstructions1.Set up the game. Collect 5 to 10 boxes or buckets. Assign one box/bucket to represent the hive and then decorate the others to representflowers. Crunch up paper into balls to represent pollen. You can alsouse Styrofoam balls or pompoms.*2.Set the flowers around a large room or outdoors. Place the pollen ballsin approximately equal numbers in each container. Then place your hivea moderate distance away.3.Tell your kids that they are going to be “bees” and when the timerstarts, they need to go out and collect “pollen” grains one at a time andbring them back to the hive. You can encourage wing flapping andbuzzing to add to the fun.4.For the first round, give them 30 seconds and at the end of that timecount how much pollen they collected and record the results on a pieceof chart paper.5.Return the pollen to the flowers at their original location. Follow up witha few more rounds demonstrating different factors that may impactpollinator populations. You can choose from the following situations (inany order) or devise your own:To demonstrate loss of habitat: Explain that a new housingdevelopment has been constructed in your bees’ habitat and removehalf of the flowers from the game. Once again give your bees 30seconds to collect as much pollen as they can. Add your new count toyour chart.To demonstrate bee health problems: Inform your bees that yourhive has been infected with tiny varroa mites that attack the bees andweaken them. Ask half of your bees to sit out the next round. Give theremaining bees 30 seconds to collect pollen, but ask that they walkinstead of run. After 30 seconds, record the amount of pollen collected.To demonstrate misuse of pesticides: Tell your bees that a localhomeowner treated their flowerbeds with a pesticide that killed halfof your colony. Ask half of the group to sit down and then give theremaining bees 30 seconds to collect pollen. Add your results tothe chart.6.Compare the results of each round of the “Be the Bee” Game. Talkabout each of the scenarios and discuss how they impacted the beesand the amount of pollen they were able to collect. Ask, How mighthaving fewer pollinators affect our environment and food supply? Howimportant is it for us to have a full Bee Team working in ourenvironment? What can we do to protect pollinators?Bring the conversation back to the TOPIC ofTEA MW O R K , inviting kids to share timeswhen they’ve worked as PART OF A TE AM . Thiscould include sports, group projects at school,or activities with their friends or siblings. Ask,HOW DID IT FEEL to be part of a TEAM ? Whatwas most fun? What was most challenging?If kids bring up challenges, invite them to brainstorm ways toimprove teamwork skills, such as sharing their feelings withteam members and other mindful communication, rememberingthe shared goals of the team, avoiding blaming others, andgetting advice from an adult.*If you have the time, you can create a more elaborate game set up and canalso extend the fun with a DIY bee costume. Additional ideas can be found /.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE8

EXTENDED ACTIVITY: MAKE POLLINATOR SEEDBALLSHomemade seed balls are a cool way to share and plant pollinator-friendlywildflower seeds. Seed balls are small bundles of seeds, clay, and soil orcompost. To emphasize the concept of teamwork, have kids take turnsdoing each task, or create a few stations — e.g., one for measuring, onefor mixing, one for rolling the balls.To make seed balls, place 5 parts clay (available at craft stores), 1 partcompost (or potting soil), and 1 part wildflower seeds in a bowl. Use yourhands to blend the mix, adding a little water if needed so the mixture ismoist but not dripping wet. Shape the mixture into balls about the size ofa golf ball.If the activity was done as a team, celebrate the rewards of teamwork!Kids can plant the seed balls while they’re still moist, or allow them to airdry. Toss or place the new treasures directly onto bare soil. The clay willbreak down when it rains (or you apply water) and the seeds will grow.Give dried seed balls as gifts, along with instructions for planting.Suggested Books:Bee & Me by Alison JayA little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealingan action that every child can take to aid in conservation.Blossoms Big Job by Agriculture in the ClassroomIn this charming storybook, a hard working bee will encourage trust andperseverance while your students learn about pollination and how honey ismade. Also available in French.Water, Weed and Wait by Edith Hope Fine and Angela Demos HalpinWhen Miss Marigold challenges the kids at Pepper Lane Elementary to turnan unused patch of schoolyard into a garden, they know they’ll need allthe help they can get. This book can be used with many themes includingteamwork, friendship, hard work and of course gardening!Wanda’s Roses by Pat BrissonWanda and her neighbors work together to clean up an empty lot.The Thing About Bees by Shabazz LarkinA delightful poem about why bees are so important to us.Errol’s Garden by Gillian HibbsWatch what Errol and his neighbors can accomplish when they work together.Additional Resources:Pollinator Partnership EcoRegional Planting Guides:https://www.pollinator.org/guidesThese regional guides provide lists of native plants to attract pollinators.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE9

W E EK3K I NDNES SSummaryAs givers and receivers of kind acts, kids learn just how much kindnessmatters in our world. The garden offers lots of opportunities for kids to sharekindness with others.OverviewKids learn the power of kindness through experience. When they arerecipients of a kind act, they discover how good it feels to be noticed andvalued. When they are deliverers of a kind act, they learn that bringinghappiness to others also brings joy and peace to the giver.The garden offers an abundance of opportunities for kids to express kindnesstoward others. Here are some ideas for spreading joy through gardening: Plant a container with lettuce and give a renewable salad bowl toa neighbor. Grow a cut flower garden and deliver small bouquets to a nursing home. Adopt a spot in your community to beautify with pollinator plants.Choose native plants that are hardy and attractive to native pollinators. At the end of the growing season, collect seeds from your garden to giveto family and friends. Add a bench to your garden or green space and invite others to stopand enjoy nature. Make your garden bird-friendly with trees and shrubs that provideberries and places to make their homes. Grow an herb garden and then share fresh herbs with neighbors alongwith your favorite recipes.The ideas for small gifts of kindness are endless, and making your slice of theworld a better place is something your whole community can enjoy.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE10

HOMEMADE BIRD FEEDERSSUET CUTOUTSBelow are some fun bird feeders to make for your garden and to sharewith others. Offering bird food is not only a kind act for your featheredfriends, but also brings joy to your bird-watching human friends.Many birds require fat for good health in winter and relish suet and fatted seedcakes. These seed cake cutouts are attractive, but they can be a bit messy toprepare, so have some towels ready for clean-up.Estimated Time to Complete30 minutesMaterials: Mixing bowl Rubber spatula Large holiday cookie cutters with open tops 20 oz. suet (available at pet stores and in many garden centres) 1/2 cup songbird seed Wax paper Twine Large paper clips Cookie sheet Cranberries and/or sunflower seedsCRANBERRY MILLET SPRAY GARLANDSStrings of cranberries and millet sprays feed many different wild birds,from cedar waxwings to cardinals, and they add festive colour tolandscape trees and shrubs. They can even be twined around a birdfeeder post—just watch out for those squirrels!Materials: One 12 oz bag cranberries 10 millet sprays (available at pet stores) 5-6 feet of heavyweight thread A blunt-point sewing needle (plastic or metal) Red ribbon (Birds can see and are attracted to red!)Instructions:1.Thread the needle with a long thread, knotted at the end, andstring the cranberries for as long as you can string them, and thentie the end securely.2.Use 10” pieces of ribbon to tie the millet sprays to the cranberrystrand every 6” or so.3.Hang your garlands. They look very pretty on trees and birds of allkinds just love them!Instructions:1.Mix the suet and birdseed in a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula.2.Line the cookie sheet with wax paper and place the cookie cutterson top.3.Using the rubber spatula and your fingers, fill the cookie cutters withthe soft suet/seed mix to the depth of about a ¾ of an inch. Use thesunflower seeds and cranberries to decorate the shapes.4.Lift the cutter away from the suet cutout. Then poke a bent paper clipinto the top for a hook. Alternatively, you can use a straw or pencil tomake a hanging hole in the suet.5.Freeze the ornaments until they are hard, and then hang them fromtree branches. Store extras in a cool place.SEED ENCRUSTED PINE CONESWhite pine cones are the easiest to find and use for these cheerful, easyto-make ornaments, but any pine cone will work. Kids love making theseornaments because they are so pretty and easy.Materials: Ask kids to think about how GOOD it feels to GIVE andreceive GIFTS of KINDNESS. Invite them to talk abouttimes when they’ve felt the joy of giving. Remind themGIVING ISN’T ALWAYS ABOUT GIVINGTHINGS , and it doesn’t always cost money. Givingsomeone the gift of your TIME, CARE, or EFFORTInstructions:1.Attach a 10” length of ribbon to the top of the pine cone (a hot gluegun works well for this).2.In the mixing bowl add the peanut butter or sunflower butter andseed, and mix with the rubber spatula until combined.3.Place the cones on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet, and then usethe spatula to liberally cover them with the seed mix.4.Once the cones are covered, add an additional sprinkling of seed totheir surfaces.5.Freeze the ornaments until firm and ready to hang. Store extras in acool place.thatcan have an even bigger impact than a wrapped present.Dried pine cones1 cup peanut butter or sunflower butter½ cup songbird seed (plus additional seed for sprinkling)Mixing bowlRubber spatulaCookie sheetWax paperThin red ribbonMrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE11

EXTENDED ACTIVITY: MAKE NEW PLANTS FROM OLDPLANTSWhat could be more exciting than turning one plant into 30 new plants togive to friends and family? One way to make new plants is root cuttings.This propagation technique is not only fun, it’s also a way to teach kidsabout plant growth.Not all plants will readily root from cuttings, so it’s best to start with theeasiest ones. Good choices are pothos and philodendrons (common vininghouseplants) as well as coleus and geraniums. All root easily in a vase ofwater.1.Examine the vine or stem and notice the points where the leaves attachto the stem. These are called nodes, and they are where the newroots will develop. Starting from the tip of the stem or vine, count back6 to 8 leaves. Use clean scissors to make a cut just below a node.Remove the lower leaves so that at least four leaves remain.2.Place the cut ends in a glass or vase of water, ensuring that at leasttwo nodes are submerged. Every two or three days, empty the water,wash the glass or vase, and refill it with fresh water.3.It can take several weeks to a month or more for plants to developroots. Once they do, you can pot up the rooted cuttings in moist pottingmix.As you and your kids watch and wait for the roots to grow, remember that thetime and effort you are putting into this project are leading up to the acts ofkindness to come: giving new plants to family and friends. Savor the joy in theentire process of giving!For further instructions, check out: agation/Suggested Books:Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. GalbraithIn the wild garden, many seeds are planted too, but not by farmers? hands.Different kinds of animals transport seeds, often without knowing it.If you Plant a Seed by Kadir NelsonWatch as the animals learn what happens when you are kind and share withothers.Miss Rumphius by Barbara CooneyFollow Miss Rumphius as she sets out to make the world a better place.Flower Garden by Eve BuntingRead about a how one little girl plants a container garden for a specialbirthday present.The Curious Garden by Peter BrownLook what happens when a boy decides to be kind to some plants he finds.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE12

W E EK4F RI E N DS HIPSummaryOur friendships help us understand compassion and bring joy and laughterto our lives. Friends come in all shapes and sizes and can even include leafygreen pals!OverviewBuilding friendships helps us connect to others in a deeper way. Part ofbeing a friend is learning how to listen and discover the needs of others. Ourfriendships provide constant opportunities to practice compassion.Building friendships isn’t just for people; plants build helpful relationships,too! For example, scientists are discovering that plant roots are connected toeach other and even to certain fungi so they can share water and nutrients.Another well-known plant friendship is the Three Sisters Garden, a growingtechnique practiced for centuries by indigenous peoples across NorthAmerica. When corn, beans, and squash are planted together, they benefitone another. Corn provides support for bean vines. Beans (in association withbacteria living on their roots) provide nitrogen, an important nutrient. Thelarge, prickly squash leaves shade the soil and prevent weed growth, and theyalso deter animal pests.Kids have a natural affinity with plants. Blowing dandelion seed heads,hunting for four-leaf clovers, climbing trees — these are just a few examples.This week’s project cultivates this affinity for people/plant friendships.Mrs. Meyer’s COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE13

MAKING PLANT PALSThese plant pals are a fun way to encourage kids to practice the skillsneeded to nurture friendships — and they’ll gain new plant friends tobrighten their days! Kids will not only create their new pals; they’ll alsoprovide them with everything they need to grow. Making extra plant pals toshare is a thoughtful way to nurture human friendships, too.Instructions:You can make plant pals with pieces of pantyhose or with repurposedwater bottles.If using pantyhose:1.Cut a 6–8” long piece of pantyhose (any colour will work). If the piecedoes not include a toe, then knot one end of the hose and turn it insideout. It will end up looking like a little pantyhose bag.2.Have kids scoop 2 t

M M COMPASSION FLOWER GARDEN GUIDE4 WILDLIFE SCAVENGER HUNT In this activity, kids observe and record your garden's residents by conducting a wildlife scavenger hunt, looking for both common garden inhabitants and evidence of the elements they need to survive. (If you don't have a garden available, a local park or green space works great too.)

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