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Springtime Fun for Kids

In Chicago it has been awhile since we have seen sunshine, so we welcome even the faintest glimmer of Spring. With Spring comes budding flowers, green grass and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with your children. Gardening with your kids is a great way to teach your child about different flowers and vegetables while having fun. You can even give them their own garden space which they can “own.” Your kids will love watching their little garden grow and finally “harvesting” it for dinner.

If you don’t have outdoor space for a garden or you want your child to have a personalized hands-on garden space, you can create a Little Hands Garden.

What you will need:

  • Planter (make sure it will “absorb” paint. We have found most plastic or ceramic planters do)
  • Finger Paint
  • Potting Soil
  • Seeds or Bulbs
  • Paper Plates
  • Newspaper or table cloth
  • Clear Paint Coat
  • Brush

Set newspapers or a  tablecloth (that you don’t mind getting dirty) on work surface. Wash and thoroughly dry planter.  Empty different colors of finger paint on separate paper plates. (Have baby wipes available if you don’t have a sink nearby. This will allow for easy cleaning of hands in case your child wants to use different colors.) Have your child dip his/her hands in the finger paint & put hand-print on planter. Continue decorating all sides of planter. Spray or brush on a clear paint coat to preserve your child’s hand-print. Once dry, your child can add soil and plant the seeds or bulbs. Be sure your child remembers to water and care for her/his new garden.

What Springtime crafts do you like to do with your children?

Posted March 12, 2010

by MichelleH

43 Comments

43 Responses

  1. Secret Burkheiser says:

    Love this! I will have to do this with my daughter.
    Bookroomreviews sent me to your blog.

  2. Natalie A. says:

    My favorite product of Kolcraft is the Cuddle ‘n Care®
    Rocking Bassinet with Light Vibes® Mobile! I was sent by Naptime Mama

  3. Natalie A. says:

    The blogs actual name is Life Happens During Naptime! I loved the review on her blog!

  4. nice good blog yea nice job our website will soon be adding reviews on blogs and add them to our websites as the top best 1000 websites to visit we also do reviews on product recalls all types of reviews thank you

  5. Michelle says:

    So glad you all liked this post. We had fun doing it with our kids here at Kolcraft. And happy you all like the review on Life Happens During Naptime. It’s great having you here on our site!
    Michelle

  6. Thanks for the info… i’ll put it to good use :)

  7. Bookroomreviews referred me over to check out Kolcraft Baby Matters Blog. I already Love Kolcraft Parent Resource Center & tips. I love taking my sons for nature walks and teaching them about the different things we see. Exercise & learning at the same time.

  8. Jill says:

    Great idea!

    My favorite product is the Travel Anywhere® Sport 2-in-1 Booster Seat. Sent here from Life Happens During Naptime Blog.

  9. Vanessa says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Bookroomreviews sent me! :)

  10. Robyn L Norris says:

    This is a great blog! Bookroomreviews sent me!

  11. Rae Higgins says:

    It’s almost time for the kids to plant some sunflower seeds in their little garden plot!

    Bookroomreviews sent me!

  12. Trisha Dowling says:

    Bookroomreviews sent me! great blog!!!!

  13. amy says:

    I love the new blog. Just stopping by from Bookroomreviews!

  14. Marcia says:

    I had my daughter grow strawberries, blueberries and tomato plants last year. She LOVED it! This year we’re going to add some green peppers and maybe some raspberry bushes. I think it’s important for kids to learn how things grow.

    Bookroomreviews sent me here :-)

  15. Michelle says:

    Big welcome to all of you from Bookroomreviews. It’s great to have you here & we look forward to your comments & tips!
    Michelle

  16. Michelle says:

    Marcia,
    Sounds like your daughter has a green thumb! Good for you for nurturing that & thanks for sharing with us!
    Michelle

  17. cindy says:

    Found this site through Bookroomreviews.
    Here are 2 of my favorite springtime crafts ~

    -i make a new picture with my daughter that reflects the month. I do it with her every month and hang it up.

    - planting ~ paint cups and put some soil with seeds in it.

  18. tina reynolds says:

    I love kolcraft I used many of your products with my first 2 babies and will with baby #3 too. I love the site and all of the tips. Bookroomreviews sent me here, glad to find your blog

  19. JenniferB says:

    I always love planting flowers in the spring with my kids then letting them cut them for vases in the summer. Bookroomreviews sent me here- great blog

  20. Jessica says:

    I love to let the kids go crazy with chalk! Bookroomreviews sent me!!

  21. Sheila B says:

    My daughter loves to plant things and watch them grow ever since I let her root a piece of potato and take care of it. BOOKROOMREVIEWS sent me over.

  22. lilshuga2001 says:

    what an awesome blog-will be bak!!
    oh yeah – bookroomreviews sent me :)

  23. Gianna says:

    My kids would have so much fun doing this!

    Bookroomreviews sent me :)

  24. admin says:

    Gianna,
    If you end up doing this, we’d love to see the result. Feel free to send us your photos & we will put them up on our site or you can put them in our Magical Moments online photo album!
    Thanks for reading our blog!
    Michelle

  25. admin says:

    Tina,
    It’s great to have you here. So glad you are part of our Kolcraft family.
    Welcome!
    Michelle

  26. admin says:

    Cindy,
    Thanks for your great ideas. We love it when parents share their tips and crafts!
    Michelle

  27. admin says:

    Jessica,
    Your comment brings back lots of good memories of building entire “chalk universes” on our sidewalks & patios!
    Thanks for reading our blog,
    Michelle

  28. admin says:

    Sheila,
    Sounds like your daughter has a green thumb. Good for you for nurturing that!
    Michelle

  29. admin says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Great to have you.
    Michelle

  30. Jenna says:

    I love this idea! I have had a planter sitting here for quite some time…just waiting for our Minnesota weather to warm up so I can plant something with my 2 year old daughter. I never thought about letting her paint it though…I am definitely going to have to do that! Thanks for the idea. :)

    Jenna

  31. Michelle says:

    Jenna,
    Hopefully you will be getting sunshine up North so you can start planting. Glad you liked the idea. If you do the craft, please share it with us in our Magical Moments section. We’d love to see your daughter’s work of art. :)
    Michelle

  32. jennifer says:

    Thanks for the fun ideas!

  33. Andrea says:

    I love the idea of planting a garden with your child! What a joy to watch your hard work bloom together!

  34. Michelle says:

    Jennifer,
    Thanks for visiting our blog!
    Michelle

  35. Michelle says:

    Andrea,
    Exactly! Thanks for stopping by our blog & being part of our Kolcraft family.
    Michelle

  36. Bev says:

    Love gardening with the kids!

  37. admin says:

    Bev,
    We are sure you have fun gardening with your children & they will cherish those memories as they grow!
    Michelle

  38. Kim D. says:

    I like this idea and can’t wait to have my daughters help me with planting new flowers this spring.

  39. Jana says:

    I am so excited to have my daughter help a little in the garden (she’s 2 1/2) and see her eyes light up when she gets to eat peas fresh off the vine like she did last year. :-) The finger painting also sounds FUN and messy!

  40. admin says:

    Jana,
    We are sure your daughter is a great little helper in the garden. If you have any photos of her in your garden that you’d like to submit, please post them in our Magical Moments online photo album!
    It’s great having you on our blog,
    Michelle

  41. admin says:

    Kim,
    That’s great. We can only imagine how beautiful your garden will be!
    Michelle

  42. Andrea says:

    I love spring, I’m so glad it’s here!

  43. admin says:

    Andrea,
    We couldn’t agree more!
    Michelle

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