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
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?