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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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