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Growing a garden for elementary kids is an excellent opportunity to get those kids interested in science. Learn about information on growing a garden for elementary kids with help from a former family case worker for CPS in this free video clip.

Expert: Christina Gavenda
Filmmaker: Nathanael Rittichier

Series Description: You can do a wide variety of things, from handmade clothes to crafts projects, using tools that you probably already have around the house. Get tips on taking care of your kids and doing crafts with them with help from a former family case worker for CPS in this free video series.

Grow your own virtual veggies without the dirt under your fingernails. Another winner from Dr. Panda, this endless loop of gardening mini-games will keep your small ones occupied for ages. Plus they won’t track their muddy boots across your clean kitchen floor.

Now, although this is called Dr Panda’s Veggie Garden, there is a good array of both vegetables AND fruit to be grown – corn, raspberries, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, wheat, oranges, potatoes, carrots, apples, blueberries, coconuts – the list goes on, I’m sure there are some I’ve forgotten. The form of the game is endlessly linear so there’s no chance that a young player will get confused – there’s nowhere to get lost. Each crop turns up randomly.

2012-12-12 16.39.08There’s a certain amount of realism in the game and every fruit/veg has a particular sequence of events that need to be completed before the crop can be harvested. For example, growing apples requires digging out the hole, planting the apple tree seedling, filling the hole, watering it in (here’s where some nifty ‘time lapse’ goes on – the tree quickly grows leaves and small green fruit while being watered). Next the tree is fertilised and lo and behold, the apples have ripened! Pick the apples and drop them in the basket (luckily virtual apples don’t get too bruised when you’re not overly gentle about dropping them in). The more delicate fruits such as the tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries are grown in the greenhouse (hot house?) and need to be protected from creepy crawlies such as snails and spiders.

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