Gardens Kids Can Start Now
With holiday decorations behind us, we are eager to get back outside! Though it's not quite warm enough to spend the day in the garden, spring is not as far away as we think. Even with snow on the ground, it's not too early for kids to get their hands dirty with a few gardening projects. You just have to bring it all inside. Here are 4 indoor garden ideas kids can start now.
Building a miniature terrarium inside is not just a gardening project, it's an art project. Kids can select a glass container to reflect their personality, carefully curate the layers of earth to create the base of the terrarium (drainage, charcoal, and soil) and do research of the type of plants to grow in their mini-ecosystem. It doesn't have to be all about plants. Your kids can create a charming narrative by making it into a gnome or fairy garden and let their imaginations run wild as they care for their terrariums indoors or outdoors all year.
Miniature Herb Gardens
Miniature herb gardens are excellent teaching tools. Not only will children be able to create a spot for plants to grow, but they can also learn about flavorings we use in everyday foods. Herb gardens are versatile in that your children can grow as many or as few herbs as they want and they can find containers to upcycle for their planters (like tea tins, old coffee mugs, and small jars). You can help them out by steering them toward herbs you and your family frequently eat. If you want to throw a money lesson in there, show them how much it costs for a small jar of dried herbs compared to growing them in your kitchen yourself.
For younger children, start small and keep it simple. For preschoolers just learning about plants, how they grow and what they're used for, you only need a few supplies to start a sponge garden. All you need is a new sponge (like the ones you use for cleaning), grass seeds, a plate for the base, clear plastic wrap, and water. Have your kids get the sponge wet and sprinkle it with the seeds, add a little more water on top and then cover it loosely with plastic. Your kids can pick out a sunny window spot for their grass and watch the seeds sprout and grow. If they make sure the sponge stays damp, in a couple weeks they'll have a little patch of grass they can transfer to the yard.
Growing avocado trees requires fewer materials than growing sponge gardens, but it requires a lot more patience. Toothpicks, a glass, and water are all it takes to get an avocado tree started. Pierce the seeds on four sides with the toothpicks so they can sit on top of the glass partially immersed in water, and then place it in a sunny windowsill. Have your kids make sure the water level is adequate, and in about six weeks, they'll start to see some growth. When a good-sized stem has sprouted, it will be ready to be planted in soil.
While we're counting down the days until the kids can play outdoors, an indoor gardening project gives them something to occupy their time as well as get them prepared for the seasons ahead.
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