As a mom, I want to teach and instill in our kids the importance of taking care of our planet - because #thereisnoplanetb.
We will also use this opportunity to teach our little ones (and maybe ourselves) how to garden and take care of our plants.
I'm no gardener by any means. We've had our house for just over 5 years now and I have done the absolute minimum to keep our backyard clean and healthy.
However, now in the Pandemic, our backyard is our favourite spot to hang out and given my kids, Jacob and Isabella are a little older, I'm motivated to try to become a better gardener myself and teach the kids how to garden as well.
So this week we will be learning how to Garden.
Why is gardening a good activity to do with the kids?
Beyond giving a break from the screens, gardening with kids can help teach and nuture key skills and traits amongst young children in many ways including
1) knowing how food is grown and how it needs to be cared for
2) instilling responsibility - make sure your toddler or kid knows it is their responsibility to plant and nurture and take care of their plants!
According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction (like touching and smelling) with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress.
Step 1: Identify what to plant
Identify what we are going to plant.
Here are some ideas and links to ideas for good starting plants that are already in the
Step 2: Germinate / Propagate / Sprout
Depending on what you are going to plant, you will have to germinate / propagate.
Some vegetables take longer than others. Celery for example is on average 2 days.
Here is a link for celery.
In most case you would submerge the stem into water in a bowl.
Step 3: Identify planting container/s.
We'd love to use this opportunity as a way teach little ones the importance of reusable containers.
Make a few holes in the bottom.
Ideas for reusable containers.
Ice cream tubs
Step 4: Plant
Plant your seeds / sprouted roots into your container.
For specific instructions click here. Please note this will vary slightly depending on what you choose to plant.
Step 5: Nurture and grow
Get the kids to take care of plant by watering them appropriately and monitoring growth.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor / continue to move to planting other vegetables and make gardening a habit!
Other activities for Earth Day / Earth Week:
As we go through our daily activities we will be talking to our little ones about the importance of #recycling and reducing waste so that we can do our part to take care of our earth and planet.
For some downloadable coloring sheets for Earth Day click here