With April vacation approaching and summer vacation soon to follow, many grandparents will have some extra time with the grandkids. Looking for ideas to keep little hands busy? This is the perfect time of year to get gardening! Planting seeds, watching them grow and harvesting yummy fruits and vegetables is a great hobby for all ages. Here are a few tips for gardening with kids…
- Start from seed. Young children in particular will be fascinated with the growing process. Let little ones choose a few of their favorite veggies to grow, and help them plant the seeds in old egg cartons or small pots. Try sprouting a few seeds in a paper towel or cotton ball so kids can watch what happens when seeds sprout. This is the perfect time of year to start seedlings indoors and give your garden a head start!
- Plan your garden. Many Dirigo residents in our cottage community enjoy large flower and vegetable gardens in their yards, but even with limited space, you can enjoy gardening. Lots of vegetables, from tomatoes to cucumbers to beans, come in varieties perfect for small spaces and container gardens. Have children map out the garden on paper with colored pencils or crayons to decide where things will get planted. A gardening journal is another fun way to track your progress.
- Crafty decor. While you’re waiting for things to sprout, make a project out of garden markers. Painted rocks or sticks make great garden row markers. Wind chimes from recycled materials and simple stepping stones are great garden additions as well.
- Go big! Consider some fun giants like sunflowers and pumpkins for your garden, and let a zucchini or two just keep growing. Kids will love watching them get bigger and bigger each day.
- Reap the rewards. Gardening is a great way to get kids eating healthy. Be sure to involve them in the harvest!