It is gorgeous weather here in WA state and the kids are loving the time outdoors, especially with it being SPRING BREAK!! YAAAASSSSS!!! We recently just moved to a new city here in Washington and had a beautiful house built. We moved on January 7th this year. We had our patio expanded and a retaining wall put up to plant some gorgeous flowers to bloom each year and also plan on starting some vegetables as well - stay tuned for that in future blog posts!
With more time to spend outdoors lately, the kids are big on nature like me which I am so happy about because I can teach them so much about the basics of gardening and we can learn together as well. Gardening is so fun, rewarding, challenging because you are always learning something new and also therapeutic for me.
A few weeks ago the kids painted some planters my husband found at Target. They were super cute triceratops dinosaur planters that were ceramic. I bought a few pansies and violas for the kids to pick and choose from to plant inside their planters and watch them grow.
They had a blast! They have their own little gardening gloves and got to take turns watering their plant. I told them the importance of the compost we were using and showed them the roots burrowed deep and around the soil in the container the plant was enclosed in.
Children have such wonder and curiosity of the world it is so important for them to explore nature. Let them play in the dirt, learn about the components of a flower, the different types of flowers. I can’t wait to plant some vegetables this year for them to watch grow in the garden and move to the kitchen to be prepped for an ingredient to a meal or for a quick tasty snack.
Teaching my kids gardening is educational and also teaches them responsibility, working together as a team. They learn that plants need sunlight and water to grow. Too much water can kill it and too little water can as well. Seeing the confidence on their faces seeing their plant inside their little dinosaur planter is enough to make my heart melt and be proud.
As they see their plant grow and thrive they are happy and confident within themselves that they did something great, so I look forward to what they think about the vegetables we plant next and how big their smiles get. It will be a fun project to do this spring/summer together in our beautiful backyard oasis.
Do your children enjoy gardening and what ideas do you have for your next garden project?