Gardening with Kids {Discover and Explore}

I am loving all of the terrific ideas shared for each Discover and Explore theme so far! Thank you for joining in and reading along. This week we are going to Discover and Explore Gardening with Kids.  If you followed along with our S is for Seeds theme, you know we spent a lot of time learning about seeds in anticipation of spring and planting season. Today I thought I would share a little more about our gardening journey.

We finished up our seed theme with an Invitation to Plant Seeds. The kids each started their own seeds, and we also planted a few different kinds of vegetables in a small container garden.

Planting Seeds Tray

Tinker and Little Buddy enjoyed playing in the soil so much that I decided to make the kids their own Gardening Sensory Bin. That way they could explore and participate in the gardening without digging up our little seedlings.

Gardening Sensory Bin

The bin inspired a lot of wonderful pretend play until we found a little surprise…sprouts! We added some old seeds to the bin to play with, and we never watered them. Somehow they grew anyway, and now we have a very interesting mixture of flowers, pumpkins, watermelons, broccoli, and who knows what else. We’re not sure how long they will all happily coexist together, but it’s been a great extension to our play and learning.

Gardening with Kids

Kids Gardening Activities

So far we haven’t lost any plants! If you knew my history with gardening, you would appreciate just how much of an accomplishment this is. The kids are so excited about our little garden. Every morning Lovey wants to run out and check on the plants. We visit a few times each day to see how things are progressing. And the day she found the first ready-to-eat veggie from the garden, she was ready to dig up the whole yard to make room for more plants. Her enthusiasm is contagious (but we didn’t dig up the yard)!

Kids in the Garden

Whether you are an avid gardener or a novice like me, I hope you’ll plant something with your kids this season. If you’re looking for a little guidance and some easy ways to get started gardening with kids, you might be interested in The Garden Classroom . It has given me so much inspiration and encouragement. We’ve already tried a few of the activities, and I’m looking forward to trying out even more soon.

We’d love for you to share how you

Discover & Explore: Gardening with Kids!

Now don’t hold back! We want to know what you’ve been doing in the garden, too. Show us your kid-friendly gardens. Share your tips. Tell us about the great crafts, books, and learning activity ideas you have for a garden theme.  I can’t wait to see what everyone links up this week.

Don’t forget to stop by KC Edventures to see what Jacquie is sharing for the Gardening with Kids theme.

Discover Gardening with Kids

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  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, book activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, free printables–anything that might be helpful to those wanting to put together activities based on this week’s theme
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Comments

  1. So many great ideas here, thank you! 🙂 I am not always the best when it comes to keeping plants alive, but my son really wants us to figure a way to have a mini garden on our back porch. We live in an apartment, so a full-blown garden isn’t an option. It’s on our spring/summer “to do” list. 🙂

    • I know what you mean! I’m not the best gardener either. But we’ve been talking a bit about one of the neat parts about gardening being that if something doesn’t work out, you just pull it up and start over. I hope you have some luck with your mini-garden!

  2. We are on a bit of a gardening kick at the moment because we have been reading The Secret Garden and it has my kids fascinated with gardening. I’ve never been very good at growing things but we have started sprouting some bean seeds and when our snow finally melts, we are planning to plant some vegetables in pots on our deck. Love that your sensory bin actually sprouted! What a surprise for all of you!

    • Oh, how perfect to read The Secret Garden during the spring. I’ve been very good at gardening either, but I’m finding that the kids are so excited by the whole process that we are all eager to be out tending to our little plants. I hope you and your family have good luck with your vegetables!

  3. What a great collection. We will have to try the sensory bin for our two-year-olds as we get planting this spring. I’d love for you to share this at my Spring Bucket List. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Spring!

    • I bet your two-year-olds will enjoy the sensory bin. It has been a great way for the littlest ones around her to play and be involved in gardening. Thanks for the invitation to share.

  4. Lovely when they are enthusiastic to help in the garden Just popping over from It’s Playtime.

    • I agree! I’m not the best gardener, so their enthusiasm really keeps me into it as well. We’re learning so much together this year!

  5. shared my post and a couple from Gummylump Blog 🙂

  6. So cool that the seeds sprouted in your sensory bin!

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