I put my camera down and picked up a shovel, some worms and some 4 year olds. We made a "pea-pea teepee," sowed some carrot and pea seeds, relocated some misguided worms to our new veggie bed and then did a rain dance. Which worked because it's been raining ever since. One thing new I learned about this age — they will dig forever... they don't care if they find anything either. Gotta love that!
We only had an hour—here's what we did:
1) WORM HUNTING — we dug up worms from under logs and rocks and brought them back to the kids' veggie bed.
2) STICK HUNTING — every child needed to find and bring back a stick for the pea trellis. They measured their sticks to my shovel and all the kids would yell out if it was too short and then keep looking until they found one longer than my shovel. We built the trellis then planted peas.
3) ADD SAND — every child had to get sand from the sandbox and transfer it into the veggie bed before we sowed carrots. Then the kids worked together to create rows and plant carrot seeds.
4) RAIN DANCE —we ended with a rain dance which was really just me dancing and then getting tackled by 12 four year olds.
(If you're not a parent or gardener then this post just bored the death out of you. Why are you reading this anyway?)