After you have transplanted your seedlings, it is time to sit back and watch your garden grow. However it is important to ensure that you are providing enough light, water, fertilizer, and other protective foods to help your garden grow big and bountiful. You can incorporate math by having your child keep a data chart or spreadsheet on how many hours of light your garden gets, how many gallons of water your plants need, and to keep track of their feeding schedule. This could then be analyzed to make changes or additions to your care to keep your garden healthy. This information could then be graphed along with having your child measure the various plants to see their growth from week to week.
When your vegetables are finally ready for harvesting, there are also many math activities that you can incorporate. You can weigh your bounty, compare the sizes and shapes of the various fruit, along with actually chopping and measuring various vegetables that you have grown. You could even use the vegetables as the main ingredients for recipes that you cook at home utilizing measuring cups and spoons for your child to practice their measurement skills.
The best part about this activity is it is a long term activity that you and your child can do together. Beyond math there are so many educational (and health) advantages and ideas that you can learn together.
Math Curriculum and Math Games by Smart Tutor
Article by Laura VanHellemont
Photo By Samuel Mann