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Let Your Kids Get Dirty… with Spring Gardening

Springtime Activities for Kids

_x000D_ Doesn’t it always feel like the Christmas decorations are barely packed away before spring creeps up on us? While it may take some of us a few months after the holidays to wrap-up winter, spring ushers in its own list of chores, namely “spring cleaning.”_x000D_ _x000D_ Before you’re tempted to throw open the windows, purge your closets, and vacuum under the sofa, we’d like to encourage you to bring the dirt inside with these simple gardening activities for kids. As the weather warms up, our children spend more time outdoors and they’re excited about the flowers blooming, the freshly cut grass, and a chance to get dirt under their fingernails._x000D_ _x000D_ Why not take advantage of this excitement with an outdoor activity the whole family can share in? You can combine so many beautiful aspects of spring into an activity for your kids by starting a garden in your home. Whether it’s vegetables or flowers your family decides to plant, there are so many benefits to getting your hands dirty._x000D_

What do children learn from gardening?

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  • They learn to eat healthier.
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  • They build a sense of confidence through accomplishment.
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  • They learn about green living.
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  • Gardening improves focus and memory.
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  • Gardening relieves stress.
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  • They learn about science and botany.
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Safe Cleaning Products for a Green Home

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4 Simple Gardening Activities for Kids

_x000D_ 1. No-Fuss Raised Garden Bed. One of the more challenging aspects of gardening outdoors is clearing a section of your yard for your garden bed. Removing grass, rocks, and stone from the area can be hard work for tiny hands. If you’re not handy with a hammer, you can build an inexpensive raised bed using cinder blocks. They average $1.50 each and ten blocks can be arranged into a rectangle with the “holes” facing upward. Choose a flat, sunny surface and line the area below the cinder blocks with inexpensive landscaping fabric. Fill the center of the rectangle and the holes of the blocks with potting soil. Now you’re ready to plant! Your children could even paint the blocks on the outside for a fun, crafty weekend project._x000D_ _x000D_ 2. Create a Succulent Garden. If they’re old enough, have your children do a little research on the soil and conditions that succulents prefer. Then search the kitchen for old muffin tins or loaf pans and head to your local home improvement store or gardening center to pick up soil, and an assortment of small “baby” plants -- the kids will love picking them out! They will also enjoy planning and designing the layout of their succulent garden. As an added bonus, plants teach kids responsibility through their upkeep so while this garden may not produce food, it can definitely yield a priceless crop of knowledge and experience._x000D_ _x000D_ 3. Grow Indoor Tomatoes or Strawberries. Tomatoes and strawberries are two foods that flourish in pots provided they have plenty of direct sunlight. Both tomatoes and strawberries need a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day, so have the kids scope out a good spot for them in your home. Similar to the succulent garden, let the kids do their research, select their pots and seeds, and learn how to care for their plants. As an added bonus, kids are far more likely to eat fruits and vegetables that they grow themselves so look forward to a little less mealtime fussiness._x000D_ _x000D_ 4. “Instant” Herb Garden. If you’re extra short on time and space you can find plenty of windowsill herb garden kits available for purchase online. These kits include all the gear - the tray or pots, seeds, soil, and instructions. This can be especially fun for kids that have an interest in cooking. Once the herbs sprout they may feel like they have made a contribution to meals and be excited to help with the preparation._x000D_ _x000D_ For more tips and ideas for a happy green home, visit logicproducts.com and read our blog Logical Life.

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