I’m always looking for ways to teach my children about the earth. Be it talking to them about replacing what we use or discussing the importance of recycling, every chance I get, I try to stress the importance of being kind to our planet. I especially enjoy doing kid-friendly activities that focus on Earth Day topics!
Today The Younger and I decided to plant. Planting here in Florida is a bit challenging because the soil is so sandy and it’s hard to keep critters away since they’re out and about all the time rather than hightailing it out of town in the winter months (which is the best time for planting in my opinion). We’ve solved that problem by planting seeds and growing them on our screened-in pool patio and then putting them in the raised gardening bed. Anyway, we decided to use egg cartons, a recycled container from sliced fruit, and the plastic container from those wet mop pads.
She was excited to wash these, and that just added to the fun. She did a good job too, and I’m pretty sure the 30 minutes she spent scrubbing got every single crevice clean
When she was done (it took some urging), we went outside to fill our containers with dirt, put our seed in, and then lightly watered them. I used a straw-full of water because I didn’t have a mister, and that worked well. I would also like to mention that you should probably poke holes in the bottoms of the containersbeforeyou fill them with dirt, not afterward like I did.
We talked about which ’planter’ we thought would grow the best seedlings and why, and then we decided to cover one of the planters and not the others to see which way would be more successful.
Now, we wait. She’s really excited to grow these, and she wants to be “in charge” of the whole project. Hopefully they’ll sprout and we can move them over to the full-sized garden in a few weeks!