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Adventures in Mysterious Garden: schoolchildren dive into a fairytale about plants on World Food Day

When celebrating World Food Day every year, together with UN World Food Programme we do our utmost to engage more adults and children in activities meant to promote food security and healthy nutrition.

With the help of thematic masterclasses, interactive performances, and active games, we educate the younger generation about the importance of taking care of both their health and the environment.

This year, the celebration concept was interrelated with the school garden competition held across the country. Through associations and tactile sensations, the children learned the basics of growing organic products and developing healthy eating habits during an exciting journey to the fabulous world of plants.
The day was celebrated at Metsamor School №1 (Armavir marz) on October 19, when around 100 children from grades 2 and 3 found themselves in the world of plants by taking part in an interactive theatrical performance. Together with the performance heroes — Fragrant Fennel and his wife Curly Parsley - the children searched for the lost pages of the Book of Plants. The quest consisted of 8 tasks designed to consolidate knowledge about plant cultivation and learn how to grow super healthy microgreens at home.

Learning with enthusiasm!

The children got involved in the process of growing organic products from seed planting to harvesting, and, what’s most important, they learned about it through associations, practical experience, and joyful games instead of boring lectures.

They decided where to plant the seeds, selecting the stickers with flowers, vegetables, fruit, and cereals and fixing them on the relevant images on the banner (field, garden, vegetable garden).
They imagined that the sand in the sand pit is the soil that should be plowed and oxygenated to ensure the growth of the planted seed.
They played the Sun-Word game, naming the green plants that grow under the sun and can be included in a healthy diet.
Imagining that a container with water is a plant and the small ball inside it is the fruit, they hurried to fill the “plant” with water to pick the “mature fruit.”
They fancied that a balloon is a plant and helped it grow by blowing it with carbon dioxide.
The blocks that served as healthy substances were used to build a healthy and beautiful “plant”. The children were performing this task very carefully to keep the pyramid stable and save the “plant” from dying.
The soil in which we plant the seed should be healthy and fertile. It means that the soil needs tiny workers — bugs and worms. Transparent slime was chosen for the role of soil and the children enriched it with various colorful “workers” — slime decorations.
They also tried to guess healthy organic plants by smell.
After fulfilling the tasks, the children were presented with “growing pencils” that had capsules with seeds instead of erasers on the top. All participants agreed to plant them in the school greenhouse when the pencils wear down and become short.
During a masterclass with the participation of performance heroes, the children learned how to grow microgreens. They brought the containers to their classrooms to watch the growing process and take care of the greens and water them. When the microgreens grew, the little farmers cut them and proudly handed them over to the school kitchen employees.
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The positive impact of interactive events on children

When the material is presented in the form of a game, the children take it for a joyful adventure rather than a lesson. There is no need to force the children to participate in such activities. They happily get involved and digest a large amount of information.

School headmaster Nune Gevorgyan thanked the organizers for the opportunity to make the school a platform for helping children gain knowledge and experience that will contribute to the development of healthy eating habits and environmental protection. She also said the school received numerous enthusiastic reviews from children and their parents after the celebration.