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Read, plant, eat — special sunflower activity in children’s garden

Posted 3/6/2017

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offering a one-day special event for families

sunflower grown in childrens garden

Sunflower grown in Children’s Demonstration Garden

It’s time to learn about sunflowers and what better way then by joining the Little Books and Little Cooks and Junior Master Gardener programs in the children’s garden! The two University of Nevada Cooperative Extension programs are collaborating to bring sunflower related activities for families with children ages 3-5 (and siblings) on Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 — 11:30 a.m.

The Read, Plant, Eat! scheduled activities include stories, crafts, yoga and a food recipe and seed planting. This free event is being held at Children’s Demonstration Garden located at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. Parents and children are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and dress for outdoor activities. A hat and water are also recommended.

Little Books and Little Cooks (LBLC) was developed based on the premise that cooking offers children a way to learn pre-kindergarten skills and good nutrition and try nutritious foods. Parents can also learn about good nutrition, positive feeding practices and positive parent-child interaction skills by reading, cooking and eating together, as a way to help parents to be children’s first teacher.

Junior Master Gardener (JMG) is an international youth gardening program. Locally, JMG engages children in novel, hands-on group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.

For more information about the event, email or call Joann Trujillo at 702-257-5531. For more information about the programs, email or call YaeBin Kim (LBLC) at 702-257-5521 or Karyn Johnson (JMG) at 702-257-5523.

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