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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bugs, Pests, and Pollinators

Today our theme was bugs, pests, and pollinators . We talked about all of the different creatures that live in our garden and on our vegetables and what they do for the plants. We learned about the importance of pollinators and how pests prevent our plants from thriving. Here are some of the activities we did today:
  • searched for different bugs in our garden plots
  • mad "stinky spray" to help keep pests away from our vegetables
  • played a pollinator game where there was a relay race to move the "pollen" from one "flower" to another "flower" the fastest
  • played "farmer, farmer" a fun running game where all of the kids pretend to be bunnies trying to run across a farm without getting caught
  • made squash pancakes for snack
  • did a bug scavenger hunt

Both groups made squash pancakes today, here's the recipe:
4 small summer squash (or zucchini) grated with a cheese grater
1 tsp salt
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 scallions (or onion)
1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
oil (or butter) for the pan

Combine all ingredients except the flour and baking powder. Squeeze out some of the extra water the salt brings out in the squash. Add the flour and baking powder to the mixture. Form small pancakes and fry in olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter until slightly brown and crisped.

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