Little Miss and I were leaving Wal-Mart last week (we were there to pick up our first Kumon book, more on that in the following post), when she asked to look at plants. She's never asked to look at the plants before. I love that something sparked her interest, I wonder what it was though. I let her lead the way and we leisurely looked at the various types of tropical flowers that lined the aisles of the garden section. Then an idea struck, lets look at herbs and have a quick sensory tour. I asked if she wanted to smell some of the plants, and her eyes lit up as she squealed "yes!" We walked over to the herbs and I showed her how to rub a leaf in between her fingers and then smell the oil that is on her fingers. She was amazed at how she could sniff pungent scents of cinnamon (basil), cilantro, mint, chocolate mint, rosemary and basil. She really liked the chocolate mint - "Momma, that's chocolate!" She went back to that plant several times. We wound up back in the store purchasing three plants.
The next day, we painted our planters with Grandma and Grandpa. Then the following morning, we potted our first plants! Little Miss was so excited to show her brother how to smell the plants. "Like this, do it like this."
Their favorite part of planting the mint, chocolate mint and basil, was spraying the plants with water.
Tomorrow, we're going to harvest a few chocolate mint leaves to make mint tea.