I was looking around the Internet for something today and got side tracked. Oh, that happens to you too? I can’t blame it on the Internet though. The same thing used to happen to me before the Internet existed and we had to use these buildings called Libraries. (Am I dating myself yet?) One of the things I came across were ideas to introduce kids to or involve them in gardening. Since there are several of you out there that like to garden, I thought I would share some of my “finds”.
Hannah, at Like Mama ~ Like Daughter, shares an idea on how to let kids plan their own garden. Even better, it uses up the seed catalogs you may be done with or no longer need. This would also be a great way to use up catalogs from years past. Recycling and garden planning at the same time. What could be better? It involves glue sticks and scissors.
Do you have a budding artist in the house? Or perhaps one who just likes the feel of paint and the pretty colors? (That would be my house by the way.) The Homeschool Village has a post showing how your kids could create signs for the garden.
Nourish Interactive has quite the list of printable pages that you can use with your kids. These range from gardening journal pages to coloring pages talking about different parts of a plant you can eat to a “Green Thumb Award” for children. Print a few of these off, assemble a garden journal and let your kids anticipate the upcoming garden season right along with you. This would also be a good way to introduce your seed starting activities and explain what is happening.
Kiddie Gardens also has several ideas for childrens’ garden crafts, ranging from painting pots to making wind chimes. Depending on where you live, you could also have them start some seeds in those pots. Kids love to see something “appear from nothing” out of pots they have added soil to.
TLC has a page of “Easy Gardening Activities for Kids“. There are several that can be done now, like learning about respiring plants. There are also some that need to be planned now so you can do them when warmer weather shows up, like Floral Advertising.
Between the 5 links above, there is a huge assortment of activities that kids can do. Actually, very few of the activities were repeated. With a little bit of planning, kids can be ‘included’ in the gardening. This is true even if you don’t yet trust them to weed without pulling up your plants.
Did you see an activity you thought you would like to try? Do you have other ideas of things kids can do?