It’s not too late to plant! Teach your kids about growing while building responsibility with this sensory rich experience. Whether an indoor or outdoor plant, your child will love the feeling that they grew something!
Recommended age for activity: pre-K to adult
What does this activity work on?
- Fine motor skills and in hand manipulation
- Sensory modulation
- Hand strengthening
- Executive functioning
- Watering can
- Planter pot or a nice patch of dirt
Tips when Gardening with Kids:
- Educate first on safe gardening practices. But getting dirty is okay!
- Getting a late start on the growing season? Catch up with annual flowers (daisies, phlox, impatiens, marigolds, etc.) that are ready to plant. By July, most garden stores offer annuals at a great discount which is a great opportunity for first time family gardeners to practice with a wide variety of plants for not much cost.
- Rainy Day idea: make laminated labels for each plant. You can draw a picture or get really fancy and right the latin name of each plant.
- Purchase kid sized gardening tools to better fit small hands.
- Weed the garden once a week using a pincer grasp, or add in tongs for extra fun!
- Water plants on a regular schedule.
- Help children learn the signs of when a fruit or vegetable is ripe. Also teach them to wash fruits and vegetables before they eat them.
- Can your child recognize the plants by their different smells? Describe different textures of the leaves or skin of the fruit/vegetable?