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It’s spring again and getting our garden planted has been top on our list, but weather and busy schedules have been holding us back. Not to mention, technically we’re still waiting to make sure danger of last frost is gone. I’m pretty sure we’re good there, but starting plants inside and utilizing pots is how we’re going to start out, just in case.
Now that the girls are getting older we are looking for more ways to include spring activities into our homeschooling education plan. Getting the kids excited to plant their own fruit, vegetables and herbs is one thing we want to do both to teach them about gardening and botany in general, not to mention it’s fun and a great way for us to spend more time together!
To get them excited for planting their own food we decided to take on some arts and crafts. We pulled out the paints and let the kids express their artistic side on some terra cotta pots. They picked out some Gro-ables and were ready to get started. They loved it and couldn’t wait to show their watermelon seeds their new home.
Using Gro-ables helped us make the most of our time and growing season, and made it easy for the kids to dig their hands in and do a lot of the work on their own. The kids picked out watermelon seed pods for their pots, but we’re also planting cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, spinach and more! We’re going to have a bounty for fresh cooking and canning, and the kids were excited to help. They are so easy to use, and the instruction are right there on the lid of each one.
While the girls waited for the paint to dry they studied the stages of plant growth from seeds. I love having little science figures to enhance their learning and for them it’s fun. The kids asked a lot of great questions, including if this is how their watermelon plants would grow. It turned out to be educational even though I just expected them to play with the figures.
Finally they were able to plant their watermelon seeds using the easy instructions on the Gro-ables. They only had to remove the label and gently place the seed pod into loose potting mix level making sure it is level with the top without covering the top of the pod. Now they just need to find a sunny spot for their newly decorated watermelon homes, as they like to call them, and water them everyday.
By taking part in the Gro-ables Project you can create some fun memories while spending time with the kids on an easy project, getting them excited about gardening and growing their own food. I know my kids are beyond excited to watch their plants grow and they’re even more excited for the harvest of something they grew all on their own!
I shared how we’re getting the kids excited to grow their own food, what fun methods do you use to inspire your kids in the garden? Share your ideas in the comments below.