Thursday Thirteen – 13 Great Garden Projects for Kids

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Here They Are!

1. Make A Worm Bin!

2. Create a Scarecrow

3. Start Some Sunflowers

4.Grow Your Initial On the Lawn Oh, what the heck- have at it and grow your whole name. Grampy won’t mind…

eggs1.jpeg 5.Make Some Eggheads When cooking eggs, carefully crack and save lower two-thirds of shell intact. Wash and then draw mouth, eyes and nose with a felt tip pen. Fill shells with potting soil. Sprinkle grass seed on surface (ryegrass works well) and gently press seeds into soil. Water gently, put eggshells in egg carton and cover with lid. Keep soil moist but not soggy. The sprouts become “egghead hair” and can be clipped with scissors to keep short or go for the shaggy look.

6. Build a Toad House – Or a Whole Toad Village

7. How about a Vine Teepee?
(frankly, we haven’t had a lot of luck with this one- but I’d try it again and maybe you’ll do better!)

8. Raining outside? Read a book. Books like Peter Rabbit or The Secret Garden can spark your child’s interest in gardening. Ask your local librarian or bookstore owner for other suggestions.

9. Make a Root View Box
Use this special root view box to watch how roots grow. Your kids will be amazed to learn that plants grow two ways — up out of the soil and down into the ground.

10. Share your garden – Plant a Row For the Hungry – The concept is simple. There are over 70 million gardeners in the U.S. alone, many of whom plant vegetables and harvest more than they can consume. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food banks and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.

11. Download these printable, one-page games for kids 5 to 95. (The size of each pdf file is noted in parenthesis.)

How My Garden Changes (73.7 kb) gives children a space to paste on photographs of their garden at different times throughout the season: in spring, at mid-season, and during harvest time.

Common Garden Insects (193.6 kb) is a great opportunity for children (and grown-ups) to identify critters they know and be challenged to learn something new about pests, or beneficials, that they might not be familiar with.

Scarecrow Scramble (213.6 kb) provides an opportunity for children to help Sammy Scarecrow unscramble eight garden-related words. (Answers are provided, upside-down, at the bottom of the page.)

12. Use the fun Virtual Garden Planner

13. And For a Grand Finale-
Check out the 4H Children’s Garden Tour with 56 different theme gardens. Wonderful!

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