This year we grew a good amount of broom corn. For what purpose? To make a broom! Audra in particular has been enjoying picking the seeds off to leave the empty portion for the broom bottom. Adrian enjoys using the seeds for a sensory bin. The chickens eat them as treats. Anna-Kate too (sigh). A friend told me I should make some corn bags with them ( you know the ones you heat and bring to bed with you) or we need some bags for a cornhole game the kids have been making. We'll save some to plant next year if we so decide. So many uses! This process has occupied a good amount of their time thus far. Hopefully we'll have a successful finished broom at some point.
We were further inspired this year at the Shaker Village.