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Springtime Fun for Kids

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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?

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43 Responses to “Springtime Fun for Kids”

  1. Secret Burkheiser March 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

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

  2. Natalie A. March 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    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. March 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

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

  4. HELEN SANDERS March 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

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  5. Michelle March 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    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. Turf San Diego March 13, 2010 at 9:42 am #

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

  7. Jennifer McCullar March 13, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    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 March 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    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 March 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

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

  10. Robyn L Norris March 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    This is a great blog! Bookroomreviews sent me!

  11. Rae Higgins March 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

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

    Bookroomreviews sent me!

  12. Trisha Dowling March 15, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Bookroomreviews sent me! great blog!!!!

  13. amy March 15, 2010 at 4:53 am #

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

  14. Marcia March 15, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    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 March 15, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    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 March 15, 2010 at 8:21 am #

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

  17. cindy March 15, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    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.

    • admin March 16, 2010 at 8:09 am #

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

  18. tina reynolds March 15, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    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

    • admin March 16, 2010 at 8:06 am #

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

  19. JenniferB March 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    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 March 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

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

    • admin March 16, 2010 at 8:13 am #

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

  21. Sheila B March 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    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.

    • admin March 16, 2010 at 8:13 am #

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

  22. lilshuga2001 March 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

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

    • admin March 16, 2010 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. Great to have you.
      Michelle

  23. Gianna March 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    My kids would have so much fun doing this!

    Bookroomreviews sent me :)

    • admin March 16, 2010 at 8:03 am #

      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

  24. Jenna March 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    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

  25. Michelle March 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    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

  26. jennifer March 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Thanks for the fun ideas!

  27. Andrea March 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

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

  28. Michelle March 18, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Jennifer,
    Thanks for visiting our blog!
    Michelle

  29. Michelle March 18, 2010 at 10:16 am #

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

  30. Bev March 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Love gardening with the kids!

    • admin March 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

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

  31. Kim D. March 20, 2010 at 4:09 am #

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

    • admin March 22, 2010 at 8:22 am #

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

  32. Jana March 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    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!

    • admin March 22, 2010 at 8:09 am #

      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

  33. Andrea March 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

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

    • admin March 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

      Andrea,
      We couldn’t agree more!
      Michelle

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