One of things I loved doing when I was a kid was “growing” munggo plants at home. It was a quick Scientific experiment and only required, cotton balls and a container. After growing them in the cotton balls however they would never make the switch to soil and would die right after. Hmm. But anyway, I decided to show DW this cool experiment to teach him about the life cycle of plants and to teach him about the value of waiting. The concept of waiting is still foreign to the little guy and explaining to him about this abstract concept is a challenge.
So the lowly munggo comes into play. I told him about the seeds and that we’ll wait together and watch it grow. DW immediately recalled Jack and the Beanstalk and how the magic seeds grew into the giant beanstalk overnight. I had to let him know that in real life, seeds take their sweet time and that they need to be looked after and cared for. So I peeled off a couple of cotton balls from my huge roll of cotton, dampened them and placed them in plastic container. We got around 15 munggo seeds from Manang and placed them on the container. I told DW to keep the container in a safe place and to look after them. He was excited.
Me: No the seeds are not growing yet. We have to wait.
And here he is “waiting”
Everyday, I’d ask DW about his monggo and his face would light up about how tall his plants are. And they ARE tall now! I asked DW if he wants to plant again and he says he wants flowers 🙂 I want to plant pechay just because it’s a green leafy vegetable — malaki ang impact haha 😀
I know that this one planting experiment isn’t enough for DW to fully learn about the value of patience and waiting but it sure makes the process fun 🙂