When thinking about spring, I think of plants starting to grow again, tree leaves budding and coming back, and gorgeous flowers are blooming. Spring is the best time of year if you enjoy spending time outside and gardening. The weather is starting to warm up finally, and the ground is thawing. It’s the start of the gardening season, and beautiful plants are beginning to bloom and grow again.
Since the first day of spring is March 20th, I thought I would walk you through how to assist and support your child in successfully taking care of their own batch of flowers. I will provide a list of great starter flowers and four types of vegetables, all of which are easy to maintain and care for throughout the spring and summer months. Teaching your child the process and responsibility of nurturing their plants has a few steps that I will share with you so everyone can enjoy this ongoing science activity.
Getting messy in mud and soil is something children love, so why not make it educational? I will share tips and tricks, helpful books, and easy plants that can help you teach your children all of the fantastic things they need to know to plant and grow successful plants in a garden or pot.
Before you start planting, you need to find out what type of soil you need for the plants or vegetables you want to grow. Below is a list of common easy plants you can grow. If you click on the one you want to learn more about, it will bring you a web page with all the information you will need to know about each of plant.
If your child can understand complex directions and enjoys science activities, you can give them more specific instructions to carry out. This is typical for children, four-year-olds and up.
You can ask them to…
However, if your child is under four and still needs help with more complex tasks, then asking them to…
This is my opinion based on my experience with preschool-aged children I have worked with over the years. Every child’s capabilities are different, and if your child needs more or less support, then follow their lead.
Books are a fantastic tool to use for any learning opportunities, especially when trying something new. I will list two books that are great for little learners starting their gardening journey and learning everything they can in the process. These books will focus on outdoor and indoor planting and how to nurture their plants to fully bloomed.
I included this book because of the great vocabulary used throughout the story. It is perfect for helping your child identify what they will observe in their garden. It also includes all of the insects you can see in a garden, and it talks about pollen and the insects that move from plant to plant. The illustrations are beautiful from page to page and show a great representation of each garden stage from season to season. On the last two pages of this book, you’ll find facts about the gardens and how vital their ecosystems are.
I absently love using The Magic School Bus books as a teaching tool for children to learn science-related topics, like this book on photosynthesis. Every topic is always explained perfectly for kids to understand. They always use the best vocabulary words and define them. The characters also use these critical vocabulary words multiple times throughout the story to help your child learn them. It is a great way to learn how plants grow for kids who are starting a garden.
This is a perfect starter kit for your child’s gardening journey. It has everything they will need to help you tend to plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. There are a few different colour combos available so check them out!
When looking for pots to use indoor, you want to make sure that they have excellent drainage and that they aren’t too big. These are the perfect pots, and they come in a pack of eight.
These pots are 10 in and can hold two gallons of soil. This makes them perfect larger plants that are outside. My favourite feature is that these pots have a self-watering grid. If it rains, the plant can reserve the extra water in the grid below, allowing the roots to reach for water when it needs water.
Make sure you do your research for the best soil for the seeds you want to plant. Make sure you know how deep the seeds should go into the earth. Lastly, if you are putting a garden into your backyard, make sure you know what kind of soil is in your neighbourhood. The soil is the foundation for your roots of whatever you want to grow, and it’s essential to do the research.
I found a few blogs that talk about fantastic eco-friendly gardening hacks that would be amazing to use and share with your children. I am no gardening expert, but some of these hacks are so genius. One of my favourites that I have seen on Pinterest is using ice cream cones to start of a plant, and then once it is ready to be transferred into the ground, you dig a hole for the ice cream cone, and over time it will decompose leaving your plant behind to grow and flourish.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find fun and educational activities for you and your kids to play together. This is a perfect way to get your little ones outside, and they can get messy and learn. Hopefully, all of these tips and tricks can help create a fun way to celebrate Spring and even get some gorgeous plants or fruits out of it.
My answer: I really enjoy watching the growing process. It is so rewarding to watch a flower grow and bloom into something beautiful.
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