Oliver and I planted sugar snap peas in our front landscaping (classy, I know) this spring. I figured he was old enough to learn about reaping and sowing and such.
As we planted the seeds I talked to him about why we thank God for our food at mealtimes (he had recently announced that he didn't need to thank God for his food). We talked about God providing for us by sending the sunshine and the rain to make things grow and I was pretty sure he was grasping the general concept.
Then a week later I found him relieving himself on one of the bushes and joyfully exclaiming, "Make it grow and grow!"
So, today Oliver asked if we could pick some of the peas to see how they taste. We took a small colander out to the front of our house and I let him pluck seven pea pods.
We brought them inside, cleaned them off (who knows what other plants Oliver has been making "grow and grow"?), and got to work popping them open. We had a lovely time counting the peas in their shells, talking about which ones were Papa Peas and Mama Peas and Baby Peas. (There was even a Granddad Pea and a Groovy Pea) :)
I'd say the sugar snap peas were a success! We learned about how things grow, we counted, we talked about big and small, and we ate some deliciouslysweet peas!