Yesterday, we had a 4H Workshop called Soil Sammies. This was a free educational workshop for all 4 Hers 5 and up to learn about soil. We had a lesson about what soil is and its different layers. Then we made the Soil Sammies. We decorated a Styrofoam cup with a face and added the soil and grass seed to it then watered it. Hopefully in about a week or so it will grow some "hair." The children can cut the hair into different styles and if they want to enter them in the County Fair this year. Then we went over a worksheet on soil and things it needs. After that the children got to make a snack demonstrating the different levels and components of soil. In a plastic cup we layered marshmallows, cocoa puffs, cheerios, M &M's, and gummy worms to represent the 3 layers of soil, organic material, and a decomposer. I must say that the children really enjoyed making and eating the snack!
I think Christian enjoyed playing with his worms the most! The children had a lot of fun and got to learn something new. I love hoe family friendly 4 H is and that when possible they even let my little ones participate even though they are not technically old enough to be in 4 H. One thing that I think is sad though is the amount of people that sign up for these workshops and then don't call or show up. There is limited space for each workshop and once it is full no one else can sign up. Yesterday, 8 people did not call or show up to this workshop. There were others that wanted to participate that couldn't because it was "full." if those that couldn't make it would have called and let somebody know, a few more children could have been able to participate.