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Parent education program hosts gardening playgroup for families

Posted June 24, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
A father helps his son create a print using leaves and flowers dipped into washable paint.
A father helps his son create a print using leaves and flowers dipped into washable paint.

Families gathered at the Topsham Public Library on Friday, June 13th to attend a gardening playgroup hosted by Maine Families of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. The group began with families sharing their experiences and interests with gardening. They discussed some of the benefits of introducing young children to gardening and ways that children could help, such as digging in the soil and watering the vegetables. These two actions can enhance development in a number of ways. Also shared was how even the pickiest of eaters may be more likely to try new foods if they helped to grow them.

Inspired to get their hands dirty, parents and children alike eagerly participated in the two themed activities for the group: print making with leaves and flowers and planting grass heads. Once families finished with these activities, they took advantage of the blankets around the room to sit and enjoy healthy snacks while reading together. When the group was over, families left with projects in hand and some great ideas on ways to continue to involve their children in gardening at home.

For information about Maine Families of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties or the Teen and Young Parent Program, please call 207.594.1980 or toll-free within Maine only at 877.972.5804. The Teen and Young Parent Program and Maine Families of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties are proud to be affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation – including transgender status and gender expression – national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, or veterans’ status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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