Listen to Podcast:
DIGGING IN THE DIRT EPISODE
Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
May 1st, 2007 @ 7pm
- Gunnar Madsen – “Tiny Mosquito (reprise)”
- Randy Kaplan – “Mosquito Song”
- Randy Kaplan – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
- David Weinstone – “Dirt”
- Courtney Kaiser & Benjamin Cartel – “The Season Song”
- Frances England – “Digging in the Dirt”
- Chick Webb – “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
- Sunshine Doray – “Digging”
Raise your hand if you’ve discovered the natural phenomenon of attraction between kids and mud…
Ahhh, yes. The magnetic pull we once new as kids, forgot when we became teenagers, and are now rediscovering through our own kids. David Weinstone’s song “Dirt” celebrates this formula that all kids and parents are familiar with: kids + dirt + water + bugs = fun.
A clear plot of dirt offers a plethora of opportunities for children to explore and discover the world of science and ecology. Getting kids singing about gardening can add to the fun. Frances Englands song “Digging in the Dirt” and Sunshine Doray’s song “Digging” both explore the process of gardening. Digging being the first step, followed by planting, watering, weeding, and discovery of their growth. My daughter’s favorite part is looking for earth worms and beetles.
Last summer my daughter and I planted a sunflower house. We cleared a 5’x5′ area, mulched it, and planted Mammoth Sunflower seeds all along the perimeters. We even went down to the river and picked out the perfect flat stone for the door step. And then we waited. We waited and waited and waited. By the end of the summer only one flower grew. ( I think some critter must have gotten to the seeds and sprouts) It was the saddest looking sunflower house you’ve ever seen. But my daughter was thrilled. Thrilled to see this one sunflower grow from a seed to a stalk well over her head. After the first frost we gathered the head and saved the seeds to try it again this summer.
Good friends of ours manage Holiday Farm in Dalton, MA. They are developing an 80’x100′ Children’s Demonstration Garden that will have several “theme” gardens and demonstration plots, with permanent beds for sensory exploration. These beds will offer opportunities for digging and playing, and will include a tunnel garden and three sisters garden. The other beds will demonstrate popular theme gardens, including a sunflower house! My daughter and I will be paying our friends many visits this summer – for sure! It’s open and free to the public, so pay them a visit too and get some creative ideas for your own gardens.
ON-LINE RESOURCES & ARTICLES
- Soil Science Activities
- Fun Science Gallery
- USDA for Kids
- Experiments for Budding Gardeners
- Play in the Dirt for a Clean Bill of Health
READING LIST (Click to borrow from a MA library)