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Wellness Wednesday: Gather The Kids & Get Gardening

Gardening with kids

If you are a Gardener or if you spend much time maintaining your yard at the start if spring, you know that it can be exhausting and your body feels it the next day! That is because while you are working away, you are giving your body a total workout. So why not gather the kids and get gardening?  Let them dig and learn while sneaking in some exercise.

  • Let the younger kids toil and stir up that soil with little shovels. Heck! Hand them spoons and watch them go to town on that dirt!
  • Let them choose the seedlings. Just as it is in the kitchen,  if they make it themselves then they are more likely to eat it!
  • Let them place the seeds. Let then place in a pattern of their own or place of their own.
  • Let them water. Get them their own water cans and assign watering days to each child. Take that time to watch the growth progress with them.
  • Let them tend the area. On their watering night, add the task of checking for bugs or weeds and alert you.
  • Finally,  let them taste their crop! Plan a salad night and show them about washing and storing each fruit or veggie.

A garden from the kids…and you got them off the couch!

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Cinnamon Smith

Wondering how time does fly by so fast. can remember this activity wayyyy back in Pre-Kindergarden class. i miss being young. 🙂

LAWonder

This is a great idea.I often try to get the kids interested in gardening but this gives me extra ideas. thanks.
This gets them involved in little ways first.

lisa

Good idea. Kids love to be helpful and play in the dirt. They also like to watch "their" plants grow. They might even learn to eat veggies.

krystel warden

its really col for that up here maybe when the season gets warmer

Nicole

I am so excited to start our garden! I have already gotten some of the seed ready inside and now am waiting for decent weather to prep our bed. We have a big garden so our friends are all helping as well!

Sunnymay

I've seen hands for turkeys and thumbprints to make into people, but this is the first time I saw painted hands as flowers. Fun idea.

jheylo

spring is here which means time to start gardening and beautify our yard. We live in an apartment so i am not fortunate in this field. i can plant in the pots though

Coolmoms Cooltips

Fun!
we have the space for it
taking up your recommendations

couponwahm

Sounds like fun!

Momma Lew

Cannot wait for the warmer weather & sunshine to make a little container garden with my LO's!

Donna George

I planted some strawberries with my kids. I hope they grow well!

Sarah B

When I was a kid, I painted my mom's terra cotta plants. That was my part. I couldn't grow anything to save my life. Still can't. It's a miracle if anything stays alive after I've touched it.

Maria

My kids love to garden. They love to harvest even more. Great ideas!!

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

That sounds like a great idea. My kids really want to grow their own vegetables.

Ashley Parks

I would love to start growing a garden! I don't know much about it, but I think it would be something fun for my daughter and I to work on together! I think she probably would be excited to eat something she had grown (who am I kidding… I would too! lol!). Thank you for the ideas.. I think spreading the seeds the way she wants and watering her plants daily would definitely keep her interest level high!

Christy Maurer

Kids sure love the dirt! Mine are teens now and don't love it so much lol. I try to get them to help me with weeding flower beds….sometimes it is successful others not so much!

Natalie Parvis-Nichols

I wish we had a garden. I would love to do some "gardening" with my son. We probably wouldn't get anything done but it sure would be fun!

Maddie Klingaman

Still to cold to start a garden here. My neigbor kid loves to garden. Me, not so much, but when she asks if she can help I always take her up on it. She likes to weed and since my garden isn't very big it doesn't take her long to do it. When the fruit or veggies come around I let her pick a bunch for her and her mom. She's so proud that she helped!

3 Giggly Monsters

It is still to cold here for that, but in a few weeks hopefully, we will be able to get started.

kdkdkd

My boys have been helping me weed the beds and we have started some seeds inside. They are thrilled to see the seeds spout open and the roots and stalks start, great learning experience.

Maria Long

It needs to warm up here to get outside!! thanks for the reminder to grab those kids and I need to water my seeds in green house. oops

Lisa Weidknecht

I've been working in the yard all week. Great ideas!

Darlene Ysaguirre

My back yard is a mess of empty dirt i have yet to do anything with it and have lived in my home for a year now.with 3 kids im sure they would enjoy a project like this.