Nature Study: Vegetables

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it complicated. Just go outside. This month, we suggest you spend some time outside every day that is reasonable and observe what is going on with the birds in your yard and around your neighborhood or local parks. You don’t have to know all the answers to your kids’ questions because you can look up the answers later.

Have you ever really looked at the veggies that you eat every day? They really are things of wonder. You can find vegetables in every color of the rainbow. They are full of nutrients that strengthen and nourish your body when you eat them. And they are pretty tasty, too!

Use this month to explore the produce in your fridge or garden. Ask questions about it, and research to find yourself some answers.

This month, let’s pay attention to all the vegetables going into the gardens. Talk about them with your kids. Cook them up and enjoy! Here are some things to notice or research about the different vegetables in your kitchen:

  • What’s the vegetable called?
  • What color is it? Are other colors available?
  • What does it smell like?
  • What does it taste like? Raw? Cooked?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What kind of plant does it come from?
  • What can you cook with it?

Don’t forget to draw the different vegetables into your nature journal.

Here are the Vegetables we plan to explore this month. While these images aren’t links, we’re putting them here so you know what to pick up at the store if you don’t have a garden this year.

Onions and Garlic
Green Beans
Peppers (of all kinds)
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Summer Squash (and Zucchini)

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