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Gardening with kids – 3 easy and fun projects

A garden can also be a wonderful playground for children of all ages. There are many things to explore: different forms of plants, leaves and flowers. Different colors and smells, lots to move and lots to learn.

Gardening with children

Gardening gives the little ones some learning and almost always a lot of fun. There are many projects that we can do with them, even at this time of year. Take a look at these 3 suggestions of activities that I did here at home with my little ones and enjoy the Carnival holidays to play and garden!

1. Construction of a mini nursery 

Gardening with children

Objective : To be able to see how plants grow from small seeds.

To germinate seeds in the middle of winter, we only need a small greenhouse, even if improvised on a covered balcony (sunroom) or in a more protected area of ​​the house.

Age  from 3

Location   Interior

Suitable seasons: Autumn-Winter

Approximate time to complete the project : 1 to 3 weeks (depending on the type of sowing done)

Materials

  • Various seeds of vegetables, herbs or flowers (let them choose)
  • Suitable substrate for sowing
  • Propagators or pots, preferably biodegradable
  • Sprinkler for watering
  • Identification plates
  • Greenhouse or protected area

Instructions

  1. Fill the pots with substrate
  2. Place the seeds in the appropriate depth (sow)
  3. Cover in proportion to the size of each seed (depth must be 2X the size of the seed)
  4. Identify sowing
  5. Place in a sheltered or protected place
  6. When they germinate, place in a bright place and do not forget to water

Tips

You can reuse toilet paper rolls or egg cartons to make the effect of biodegradable pots. Do not forget that heat and humidity are necessary for the seeds to germinate.

 2. Prepare and plant  your garden

Gardening with children

gardening with children

Objective: To allow them to have a vision of where the food comes from and raise awareness of a greater taste for vegetables.

Involving them in planning your garden is essential. Let them choose what to plant or sow. Being able to have your bed, prepare the soil and decide how you are going to organize your garden is also very important. We don’t need to worry too much about the organization of the garden, above all, the most important thing is the fun they can have in this process.

To motivate them in this project we must choose vegetables that are easier to plant and/or sow and that can germinate quickly so that they can be harvested in a short time. Check out these articles if you already grow or plan to grow with kids: How to motivate them  and my top 5 plants to plant with kids

Age  from 3

Activity location   outdoor

Suitable seasons: In the four seasons

Approximate time to complete the project  4-12 weeks (depending on the varieties chosen).

Materials:

  • Vegetable, herb and flower seeds
  • young vegetable plants for transplanting
  • Large beds or pots
  • Suitable substrate
  • Organic fertilizer (can be liquid or solid)

Instructions :

  • Let them design their garden
  • Prepare the pot or bed, placing the appropriate substrate
  • Allow them to sow and plant, and record the date when they sow and plant.
  • Let them be the reaper

Tips:

Because the fun of any activity is seeing the results and learning what works and what doesn’t, I propose that they keep a written record of the care they took in the garden and the crops they did.

planting bulbs with children

Objective : To show creative ways to reuse packaging and explore the plastic arts. Bulbs are a good option as they are very easy to plant and care for, even indoors.

Age  from 2 years

Location   Interior

Suitable seasons: Autumn – Winter

Approximate time to complete : 3 to 6 weeks (until the first flowering)

Materials :

  • Cans or other packaging made of hard and resistant material
  • Substrate suitable for planting in pot
  • Bulb varieties (choose your favorites with the kids)

Instructions:

  1. Buy varieties of bulbs to plant with them
  2. Take advantage of some packaging to decorate and plant. I took advantage of my baby’s milk cans and they were beautiful
  3. Fill the pots with substrate
  4. Plant the purchased bulbs, considering the size of the bulb and the plant in its growth and flowering phase

Tips:

At this time, you can choose a wide variety of bulbs that in a very short time will bring a lot of color to your balconies. Tulips, daffodils, freesias, hyacinths …

They must not forget to check that the packages have adequate drainage to avoid soaking the soil and thus limit the risk of the bulbs rotting.

The big secret for having fun in the garden with the little ones is choosing the plants that they like best and that grow faster. Then just tell them that the plants also like to be cared for, just like us, they are thirsty, hungry, they need protection and attention.

Gardening with children – 8 Benefits

Gardening with children

It is no longer news that I am a fan of family farming. And having a large family, I almost always count on the help of my little ones in the vegetable garden and garden. My first-rate helpers are the 11-year-old princess and my 9-year-old rascal.

Children love to use their hands to create things. Gardening offers wonderful options for activities to be able to play, learn and grow.

In my experience, I decided to list the list of the 8 benefits that seem most relevant to me.

The 8 Benefits of Gardening with Kids

1. Gardening involves all the senses

It allows them to touch and feel the textures of seeds, earth, leaves, flowers or even fruits. Observing the colors, smelling the smells, watching the plants grow is a continuous awakening for all the senses.

2. Promotes healthier eating

Sometimes it is not easy to convince them to eat some vegetables. When they can grow their own beans, carrots, and lettuces, they will also find it easier to eat what they planted. Look here, to let them have their garden.

3.  Improves motor development

Putting soil and seeds in the pots, planting and watering, also promotes and facilitates a better development of your motor skills that will also help in school in the future, such as writing, cutting, painting, etc.

4.  Arouse interest in science

Gardening is an interesting activity that can spark the interest of the little ones in the world of science, especially botany, biology and chemistry. In fact, it arouses curiosity for simple things like the simple process of seed germination. They will also better understand the impact of sunlight and water on plant growth.

5. Teaches you to take responsibility

Gardening is a great way to teach children the meaning of “responsibility”. They learn that to be successful in their harvests, they need to take care of their seeds or plants every day. To help with this task, you can make them a checklist on the care of your plants. 

6. Develops Mathematical Skills

We can work on mathematics in many moments of gardening: measure the depth of the sowing, count the seeds, measure the growth of the plant and even create a graph. We can also measure and compare the sizes of the vegetables or identify the different shapes that we can find in a garden.

7. Teaches patience

Whenever I go to garden with my children, I train patience and they too! All children like to have immediate results, I speak for mine, they want everything for yesterday, or for now. However, gardening is a slow process (most of the time). The little ones will have to learn to be patient when they wait for their flowers or for their vegetables to grow. It is important that they realize that the wait will be worthwhile and that they can enjoy every moment of it.

8. Improves the ability to plan and organize

Planning and organizing a garden can take some time. We must know which flowers bloom at each time of the year, how long it takes a seed to germinate and when is the best time to plant each variety. Involving children in this process helps to increase their planning and problem solving skills that can be passed on to all facets of life!

There are many more, but these benefits seem to be the most important and that’s why I decided to share. I hope that for you it also makes sense and garden more with your little gardeners.