Gourds are believed to be one of the earliest cultivated species. They were found in Africa, and somehow gourds made it to South America thousands of years ago. Gourds were cultivated in Peru and Mexico and used unlike other vegetable family plants; gourds were never valued for culinary purposes. Instead, gourds were valued for their utilitarian purposes as tools, containers, floats, utensils, and, in some cases, currency.
Gourds belong to the same family as squash and pumpkins. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
We have cleaned and prepped the gourds, so the children can begin to stain, paint, and build birdhouses of some of Mother Natures' incredible creations.
These bird houses can be kept outside and used to atract all kinds of beautiful birds for years.