Gardening with Preschoolers

February 12th, 2013 posted by Jen Goode

The sun is shining, birds are chirping and all sorts of plants are beginning to peak through the soil. If you’ve got little ones at home, now is the perfect time to get outside and start gardening. Kids love to explore, care for and watch plants grow and blossom. Whether you have a full vegetable garden or a small potted plant, there’s plenty of opportunity to go gardening with preschoolers. If you’re new to gardening, start with something small. Often times you can find tiny pots that include a soil pellet and the seeds. Just follow the directions, add a little love and away you go. Within a week or so your child will be able to witness the growth of the seeds they helped plant. Buy a few of these small pots to start your own mini garden. For a little variation with the experienced gardener, consider starting various seeds indoors instead of buying the small starter plants. Your preschooler can help care for the plants inside and then replant them outdoors when the weather is just right. You can find trays of soil pellets that make for great indoor seed starters. Simply add your own seeds and you’ll be watching a number of new plants sprout. If you have a small patio area, you can help your preschooler set up a small garden in pots and patio boxes. Use recycled bottles, milk jugs and other items to create a fun eclectic garden area right outside your backdoor or even on a window sill. Make sure to choose plant that don’t require a large area to grow well. Tomatoes and beans are a great vegetable choice for a small area. Ensuring success for preschool gardening is easy. All you really need for a great gardening experience is sunshine and water (and of course some dirt and seeds). Make sure to read the directions on seed packets carefully. Don’t over-water. Most importantly, have fun. Allow your preschooler to investigate the process of planting seeds, watching the sprouts peek through the soil and grow into something wonderful. Jen has some other great ideas with these 5 tips for gardening with preschoolers

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