Summer Crafts for Kids: Week 2 Gardening

Summer crafts for kids: Gardening Week

This year is my 4th year of having a summer veggie garden and I have started to get the kids involved. This is the first year I grew plants from seeds, which was fun but definitely a learning experience! Since the kids have started to get into it, I wanted to share some of the fun things we have done!

Grow lima beans from dried beans!

What you need:

  • Dried lima beans photo 2 (1)
  • Zip top bag
  • Paper Towels

How to:

  1. Dampen 1 paper towel and fold it into quarters
  2. Place a couple beans under one layer of paper towels.
  3. Place the damp paper towel and beans into the zip-top bag
  4. Place in a sunny window
  5. Watch the roots grow!

You can also plant the beans after the roots have begun to grow.  You can plant them in the ground or in a pot.  Make sure they get plenty of sun and water.  When you plant them, try and plant the roots in the ground leaving some of the bean exposed above the soil.

Create a homemade compost bin

What you need:

  • A 6 to 8 gallon plastic container
  • Drill
  • Top Soil

How to:

  1. Drill 1 centimeter holes along 2 sides of the container at the top about 1-2 centimeters apart
  2. Drill 3 centimeter holes on the bottom in each corner
  3. Fill with 3-5 inches of top soil

It is really easy, and we just used the same drill bit, just made 3 holes next to each other on the bottom corners.

Once you have started adding compostable materials, you will want to turn the bin a couple of times once a week to keep the air flow. I have been using this bin for over a year and it has been extremely low maintenance and has been very successful, I just recently started over after I used all the compost to plant my veggie garden!

So now that you have a compost bin, what do you compost?

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps (make sure there isn’t butter on the veggies)
  • Egg Shells
  • Hair from your hair brush
  • Black and White Newspaper
  • Yard clippings (green or brown)
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Tea Bags
  • Breads and grains
  • Nutshells
  • Paper towels with food residue
  • Stale beans, flour or spices
  • Waste and bedding from animals that only eat plants

What to avoid:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Pesticide treated lawn clippings
  • Poison ivy
  • Invasive weeds
  • Fats, grease and oil
  • Colored or glossy paper
  • Dog or cat waste

You want there to be heat coming from the bin, you also want to see bugs like earth worms that help in decomp!

Create anphoto 1 (2) edible sensory garden

What you need:

  • Pots
  • Potting soil
  • Herbs: Rosemary, Mint, Basil, Parsley, Chives
  • Something to label the herbs: popsicle sticks, wine corks, etc

How to:

  1. Fill a pot about half way with potting soil
  2. Place the herb into the pot
  3. Fill the remainder with potting soil (do not push down soil)
  4. Water thoroughly
  5. Add more soil if needed
  6. Label the plants

The edible sensory garden is great for cooking as well as for decoration.  The herbs all have unique leaves and scents.  Water according to herb direction.

Grow a plant from seeds

What you need:

  • Potting soil
  • Seeds (let your child pick out which seeds they would like)
  • Potting container

How to:

  • Fill container with soil
  • Plant seeds according to package directions (most common seed problem is planting too deep)
  • Water and watch grow!

Create an imaginative garden

This one I found over at Frugal Fun for Boys.  The directions are for one that is more ‘boy’ geared but it could easily be transformed into a fairy garden or anything your little one could come up with! Get the directions for an Imaginative Play Garden here.

Resources for gardening for kids:

Gardening books for kids:


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