Are you looking for ways to get your kids out of the house and into nature? As parents, that seems to be a universal goal.
If you’d like to have your children spend more time outdoors – in the fresh, spring air – why not organize some fun, eco-friendly projects for them to do in the garden? When children spend time gardening with their parents, grandparents or siblings, it helps their communication skills, builds strong relationships and shows them a thing or two about working toward a common goal. Plus, from an early age, it teaches them the importance of eco-systems and preserving and protecting the environment.
For a simple project, start by saving the eggshells from breakfast tomorrow morning and create some eggshell seed starters with your kids. There’s no need to run off to the store to purchase a seed starting kit when eggshells will work perfectly. Eggshells make it easy to transplant seeds to soil, plus, eggshells are a good source of calcium carbonate (which all plants need to grow) and they’ll keep slugs from eating the seedlings.
Not sure what seeds to start? We recommend a vegetable garden, as it is a great way to get your kids excited about spending time outdoors and serving fresh vegetables from your garden also provides the perfect opportunity to get children on a healthy eating path early in life. The little ones will love planting seedlings, using a watering can and (most of all) digging in the dirt. Plus, nothing will make them more excited than seeing their seedlings sprout after only a short waiting period (veggies tend to germinate quickly and can be eaten once mature).
While your kids are waiting to see the fruits (or vegetables, in this case) of their labor, create some very cute garden markers to remind your little ones (and you) where everything was planted. Or, try this eco-friendly option, recycling old wire hangers and the lids to tin cans.
You can also teach your kids about the important role certain animals play in the garden, like birds who help pollinate the pretty flowers they’ve helped to plant. Grab an empty milk or juice carton you plan on recycling and create a bird feeder to attract some beautiful feathered friends.
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