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Compost Stew

Posted on May 12th, 2020 in STEM literacy links

Compost Stew  | Author: Mary McKenna Siddals | Age: 3+

Girl holding pitchfork to mix compost. Dog looking into the compost bin

Compost Stew is a delightful, rhyming story with each page listing the ingredients in alphabetical order for making “dark, rich, crumbly compost stew”. Starting the “stew” with Apple cores and topping it all off with Zinnias, the author Mary McKenna Siddals involves the children in collecting, saving, hauling and tossing the various ingredients “into the pot/ and let it all rot/into Compost Stew.”

Use the book as a starting point for your next compost project in your service. If you don’t have the possibility to make a compost in your service let the children draw their own compost stew. What ingredients can and can’t they put into a compost? Why? What do they think happens to all the ingredients?

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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