Children have smashing time at Sprout Club at Fellows Riverside Gardens

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Ava mixed her mashed potatoes with food coloring to make her mashed potatoes green during Sprout Club at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Oct. 13.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Gabby and Ana mix together their mashed potatoes with food coloring to make different colored mashed potatoes during Sprout Club on Oct. 13 at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Lynn Zocolo worked with Rylynn to help her push a straw through a raw potato as a science experience during Sprout Club on Oct. 13 at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Rylynn begins mashing her potato to make mashed potatoes during Sprout Club at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Oct. 13.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Valentina and Aurora mashed their potatoes during Sprout Club on Oct 13 at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Children attended the monthly Sprout Club on Oct. 13 at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The theme of Sprout Club was potatoes and Lynn Zocolo, horticulture educator, taught the children about different kinds of potatoes and what they’re used for. The program started off with children coloring a picture of potatoes until everyone arrived and was ready to begin. Zocolo got the children engaged by passing around different kinds of potatoes for them to feel, smell and look at.

“We are going to be mashing potatoes, doing some science experiences, food coloring. Things like what is a potato, how do you like to eat potatoes,” said Zocolo.

After the children learned about the different types of potatoes and how they are grown, each child got their own potato to mash. When the potatoes were mashed, Zocolo and other volunteers warmed up the potatoes for the children to put in some milk and butter to make mashed potatoes to eat. There was food coloring passed around for the children to make their potatoes change different colors, while still being edible.

One last thing Zocolo showed the children was a science trick. She showed how she could put a straw into a raw potato. Zocolo walked around the room showing and allowing the children how the straw could go into the hard potato.

At the end of the program, the children were able to take home their snack of potato chips and apple juice.

The next Sprout Club group will be on Nov. 17 and will talk about plant teas.

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