little sprouts Live

Join us for Little Sprouts Live on Facebook for kid-friendly, virtual lessons on food, gardening, and the natural world!

  • Weekly virtual sessions

  • Live on Friday mornings, 10:00am (view the recordings below if you miss it)

  • With Little Sprouts instructor Anna Brun

  • Best for kids between ages 3 - 7

  • Free, but donations are always welcome!

Little Sprouts Live Sessions

Week 1: Exploring the Spring Garden

Explore the City Sprouts Garden with Anna! This week's challenge is to find signs of spring and life in your yard!

 

Parents, for a fun app that helps identify plants and animals, look into downloading the iNaturalist app on a smart device. it's free, easy, and fun to use!

Week 1 Challenge: 

See if you can find signs of spring in your backyard, garden, or nearby park! Use the questions below for some idea on what to look for.

If you find signs of spring in your garden, you can share them with us by sending pictures to info@omahasprouts.org or posting pictures on Facebook here! Happy adventuring!

Week 1 Questions: 

Can you find any flowers blooming or plants popping up in your yard? What kind are they? Do you know what kind of insects use those flowers as food?

Can you find any insects in your garden? What are they called?

Can you find any trees or shrubs that have buds forming on them? Do you know what those plants are called? What will the buds turn into?

 

Week 2: Planting a Garden

This week's challenge is to plant your own garden! We are planting our first crops of the year this week. We will be planting spinach, kale, peas, cabbage, carrots, and beets (which are all great to start right now). Below is a list of supplies you will need to follow along:

Supplies

  • a sunny spot or a pot with good soil 

  • a trowel

  • garden gloves (optional)

  • plants or seeds ​

  • a water source

Week 2 Questions: 

If you'd like to share pictures or videos of you planting your garden this year, send them to info@omahasprouts.org or posting pictures on our Facebook page! Happy adventuring!

What kinds of vegetables can you plant in the spring?

What do plants need so they can grow big and strong?

What's your favorite kind of vegetable?

 

Week 3: Rockin' garden rocks!

This week, we are going to brighten up and decorate our gardens with some painted garden rocks! If you'd like to follow along, below is a list of suggested supplies and some questions you can ask your kids to get them excited for the lesson! 

Supplies

  • Rocks: smooth is preferred, wash before LS Live if you would like to follow along!

  • Outdoor acrylic paints: black, white, and your favorite colors

  • Paintbrushes

  • Old tablecloth or newspaper to protect your work surface

  • Old shirt or apron to protect your clothes

  • Clear paint sealant: e.g., Clay Pot Sealant, outdoor Mod Podge

If you'd like to share pictures or videos of your rock creations, send them to info@omahasprouts.org or posting pictures on our Facebook page! Happy crafting!

Week 3 Questions: 

What other creatures live in the garden that we could paint on our rock?

  Why do you think we want to use special outdoor paints for these rocks?

How else could we use rocks in our garden?

Week 4: What's in a flower?

This week for Little Sprouts Live, Anna is going to teach kids about the parts of a flower! Together, they’ll explore what’s in a flower and why they’re so important in the garden. Below is a list of suggested supplies and questions to start getting you thinking about the lesson! 

Supplies

  • Medium to large flower with visible stamen (Examples: crocus, Easter lily, tiger lily, daylily, tulip, daffodil, Amaryllis, penstemon)

  • Plate

  • Toothpick or tweezers

  • Magnifying glass

  • Flower part chart like this one here

If you'd like to share pictures or videos of your flower findings, send them to info@omahasprouts.org or posting pictures on our Facebook page! Happy exploring!

Week 4 Questions: 

What does the flower of your favorite vegetable or fruit look like?

Why do you think flowers are good for the garden?

What do you think we'll find inside a flower?

 
 

Week 5: Native Plants in our own Backyards!

This week for Little Sprouts Live, Anna is going to teach kids about native, naturalized, and invasive species of plants that you can find in your own backyard! Together, they will search for a few recognizable backyard plants. Below is a list of suggested supplies and questions to start getting you thinking about the lesson! 

Supplies

  • A magnifying glass

  • Good walking shoes (like boots)

  • A bag to collect your findings (optional)

If you'd like to share pictures or videos of your backyard plant findings, send them to info@omahasprouts.org or post pictures on our Facebook page! Happy exploring!

Week 5 Questions: 

Can you name any native plants growing in your

yard or garden?

Can you find the parts of

a flower in any native plants? If not, how do these

plants reproduce?

Do you know any plants

that have health benefits

for humans?

 

Week 6: Foraging for Flower Crowns

This week for Little Sprouts Live, Anna is going to teach kids a few tips on foraging and how to make a flower crown from dandelions! If you'd like to follow along, below is a list of supplies and some questions you can ask your kids to get them excited for this lesson.

Supplies

  • Lots of dandelions (with the longest stems possible)

  • Positivity & patience 

If you'd like to share pictures or videos of your beautiful flower crowns, send them to info@omahasprouts.org or post pictures on our Facebook page! Happy crafting!

Week 6 Questions: 

What other crafts can you make out of dandelions?

What do you think "ethical foraging" means?

Why do you think we picked dandelions for this craft and not other flowers?

 

Week 7: Wildcrafted Cooking: Wild Onion Fritters 

This week for Little Sprouts Live, Anna is going to show you how to fry up some wild onion fritters! If you'd like to follow along, below is a list of supplies and some questions you can ask your kids to get them excited for this lesson.

Supplies 

Groceries:

  • 8-10 wild onions or green onions

  • 1 ⅔ c. flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 c. milk

  • 1 Tbsp. butter

  • 1 tsp. dried parsley

  • Pinch salt

  • Sunflower or peanut oil for frying

  • Favorite dipping sauce (ketchup, mayo, BBQ)

Cooking equipment

  • Mixing bowl

  • Mixing spoon

  • Plates 

  • Paper towels

  • Pan 

  • Spatula

  • A grown-up to help!

Week 7 Questions: 

What other recipes do you think we could make with wild onions/green onions?

What is your favorite dipping sauce?

Can you name another edible wild plant growing in your own backyard? (Edible means you can eat it!)

 
 

Week 1: The Seasons of Fruits and Veggies

Welcome back to another great summer of Little Sprouts! For our welcome lesson, we will learn all about the tools a gardener uses.

Suggested Summer Supplies

  • Boots or closed-toe shoes

  • Garden gloves

  • Trowel

  • Watering can or hose with sprayer

  • Cultivators

  • Pruners / Loppers

  • Wheelbarrow

Week 8: The Seasons of Fruits and Veggies

This week, Anna is going to teach kids about seed needs and warm and cool-season veggies with a virtual song and a game. We're also going to check on our veggies that we planted in Week 2 to see how much they've grown! If you'd like to follow along, below are some questions you can ask your kids to get them excited for this lesson.

Supplies

  • Space to move around!

Week 8 Questions: 

What kind of veggies do we plant when it's cooler outside? (Hint, what did we plant in Week 2?)

What kind of veggies do we wait to plant until it's warmer outside?

What does a seed need to become a healthy plant?

Little Sprouts Live
Summer Sessions

 
 

Week 2: Hot Potato! 
Cool Potato? 

This week, we will review what it means for a plant to be a warm season or a cool-season crop, and we will plant our warm-season veggies in our garden! 

Supplies

  • somewhere to plant (your backyard, or a large pot or bucket filled with soil)

  • warm-season seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, seed potatoes, etc.)

  • trowel

  • close-toed shoes

Week 2 Questions: 

What is your favorite cool season crop? (Hint: Look back to the Week 8 video for examples!)

What is your favorite warm season crop?

Can you remember what a "seedling" is? (Hint: Look back to the Week 2 video!)

 

Week 3: Save those Scraps! 

This week, we will learn a few different ways to keep your kitchen waste out of landfills - like how to start a worm compost bin at home and how to regrow your kitchen scraps!

Supplies

  • A bunch of celery

  • An onion

  • At least 3 full carrots (not baby carrots!)

  • Soil

  • Small pots/jars/other small containers

  • Water
     

Optional Supplies if you want to create a worm bin at home: 

  • A large tub

  • A sharp knife and an adult to help poke holes in the tub

  • LOTS of shredded paper, paper towels, other paper scraps

  • Mushy old veggies

  • Red wiggler worms (can find at Paradigm Gardens or an outdoor store like Cabela's)

Week 3 Questions: 

What does "composting" mean?

Can you name 3 things that you can put in a compost bin?

Why is it important to keep kitchen waste out of landfills?

 

Week 4: Jammin' Berries 

Who likes to jam? The City Sprouts berries do! Right now, our serviceberries and cherries are ripe, juicy, and ABUNDANT! This week, Anna will teach kids about food preservation and guide everyone through the steps to make a delicious quick jam to enjoy for weeks to come.

Supplies

  • 1 qt (32 oz) of serviceberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or cherries, or a mixture. Please help yourself to the cherries and serviceberries ripe in the garden right now!

  • 1/2 c. sugar

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Equipment:

  • Saucepan

  • Stovetop burner

  • Masher or fork

  • Ladle

  • (1) 16oz jar with lid and band

  • Hot mitts

  • Canning funnel (if available)  

Week 4 Questions: 

What are three foods berries can make?

What does "food preservation" mean?

Why is it important to know how to preserve foods from the garden?

 

Week 5: Passionate about pollinators

Birds and Bees and Butterflies - Oh my! To celebrate Pollinator Week (June 22-28) we are spending this Friday learning about the lives of our pollinator friends. We will also get a chance to make special seed bombs* to plant at home and help our pollinator friends do their important jobs. If you're interested in a kit or receiving future activity kits, sign up for our weekly Little Sprouts Newsletter.

Supplies

  • 5 parts compost

  • 3 parts papier mache powder

  • 1 part wildflower seeds

  • Water

  • A bowl

Week 5 Questions: 

What does "pollination" mean?

Can you name three animals that are pollinators?

Why is pollination important for our garden?

 
 

Week 6: Growing a Salad

To get back in the swing of things after our holiday break, we are digging right back in the dirt to grow ourselves a salad! We will learn about different types of seeds, make a seed book, and plant a delicious crop of salad veggies. If you're interested in receiving future activity kits, sign up for our weekly Little Sprouts Newsletter.

Supplies

  • Various salad greens seeds

  • A small box of crayons

  • 10 index cards 

  • Construction paper "book cover" 

Week 6 Questions: 

What kinds of fruits and vegetables can go into a salad?

Can you name the different parts of a plant?

What parts of a plant do we eat? (Hint: It's different for each fruit and vegetable!)

Week 7: Garden Fresh Chefs

This week, we will learn how to properly harvest veggies planted earlier in the year and create a yummy snack! If you're interested in receiving future activity kits, sign up for our weekly Little Sprouts Newsletter.

Supplies

  • Vegetables to harvest

  • 8 ounces of Greek yogurt

  • ½ cup mayonnaise 

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon dill (which you can pick from our Little Sprouts Beds!)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • jar with lid

  • measuring cups and spoons

  • peas, carrots, radishes, turnips, or other dippable veggies

Week 7 Questions: 

How do you properly harvest veggies from your garden?

What are three great reasons to cook your own meals?

What is your favorite veggie from the garden, and what is your favorite recipe to make with it?

 

Week 9: Naturally Clean Kids

What can we do with our garden plants besides make food dishes? We can do a lot - we can even clean our house and bodies with plants! This week, we will learn how to use our garden plants to become naturally clean kids all year round.

Supplies

  • (1) 16 oz spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Cheesecloth 

  • Lemon balm 

  • Distilled water

  • Several sprigs of fresh mint, dill, rosemary, or lemon balm

  • Reusable flannel squares

  • Reusable travel wipe dispenser

Learn how to make all-purpose spray & disinfecting reusable wipes

Week 9 Questions: 

Why is it important to clean ourselves and our homes?

What is one reason that many popular cleaning products are harmful to the environment? 

What is one reason that many popular cleaning products are harmful to our bodies?

Week 8: Urban Farm Friends (& Foes?)

Chickens, snakes, groundhogs, and worms, oh my! This week, Anna teaches kids about potential animal friends and foes within the garden / urban farm. There aren't any supplies needed for this lesson, just tune in and learn about the different animals, then explore in your own yard later!

Supplies

  • None this week!

Week 8 Questions: 

Can you name three animals that you might find in a garden?

What is one animal or insect that helps our garden?

What is one animal or insect that hurts the garden?

 
 

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