Gardening with Kids

Vidalia was originally gifted this for her December birthday, and was given another set around Christmas. The tackle box is great for storing, and I am amazed at her memory when she talks about these flowers. She is able to give them some real flower names (Snapdragons, Roses, Daisies), and makes up her own names for them as well (Faras, Cocos, who knows what else!) I think anything that keeps their wheels turning/thinking about the garden in the winter is a win.

This gardening kit is one that Vidalia loves to wear in the garden with me. I find plenty of rocks, twigs, and flower petals in the pockets of the apron but the best way to get them started is to get them interested.

The play set above is great for fostering creativity, but in my own experience of parenting, the best way to get kids interested in something is by letting them jump in and get their hands dirty. However, nobody likes to pick dirt from underneath a preschooler’s fingernails, so get them some good gloves! These can be thrown into the wash pretty easily, and Vidalia says they don’t make her hands “so sweaty spaghetti”!

I grew up on a farm, and now live on one where I have multiple gardens for my child to play in. I forget that not everyone has that space at their disposal. This flower growing kit was given to my friend’s daughter as a gift to keep her occupied during the spring quarantine of 2020, and it’s the perfect size for a little deck, patio, or even living room window. Basically you can teach your child to have a love for gardening or become a crazy plant lady with a passion for indoor plants.

There are many great children’s books about gardening (and another coming soon HINT HINT), but I developed a love for Dr. Seuss thanks to my best friend, Nicki.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss

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