Children learn lessons about agriculture through story

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children lined up to use the grinder on wheat seeds to turn them into flour after reading "The Little Red Hen" at Sprout Club.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children at the Red Hen and Wheat Sprout Club program on July 20 demonstrated how to waddle like a duck.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.One of the girls kneaded together her play dough she made at Sprout Club at Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 20.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children at Fellows Riverside Gardens Sprout Club program mixed together ingredients to make their own play dough.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children poured flour into their mixing bowls as they prepared to make their own play dough after reading a story.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children played with their play dough after they finished mixing in the ingredients during the Sprout Club program on July 20.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Fellows Riverside Gardens hosted its monthly Sprout Club program on July 20.

Brenda Markley, Agricultural Education Programs Manager at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, took over and led the class recently, talking about wheat and “The Little Red Hen.”

Children who attended the program listened to the story “The Little Red Hen” to learn about wheat before they started to do their hands-on activities. The book taught the children how wheat is created to make different items, like bread.

The children went back to their seats to prepare for their activity. Instead of making bread like the Little Red Hen, the children learned how to make their own play dough using flour, water, Kool-Aid packets for coloring and other household items.

When the children finished making their play dough, they had the opportunity to go up one at a time and ground some of the wheat up to make flour. This gave the children a chance to see the wheat turn into flour up close.

At the end of the program, the children enjoyed a snack and took their play dough home with them.

The next Sprout Club will be on Aug. 24 where the children will talk and learn about pasta.

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