Gardening Activity: Starting a Garden Indoors

One of my favorite things to do is garden. When my kids were babies, I stopped gardening for a couple of years. Now that the kids are a bit older, though, they are getting more and more involved. They each have their own kneeling pads, and kid sized spades. In the spring and summer, they help me plant, water and weed all of our garden beds. Of course, right now, we are in the middle of winter here, so we won’t be going outside to do any gardening any time soon. However, I’ve also started to get all my seed and plant catalogs so I wanted to do a project focused on gardening.

Starting a garden indoors by Encourage Play

For Christmas, my kids got a couple of indoor gardening kits from my sister. The kids and I decided to get started with them one afternoon recently. The gardens we got are specifically designed so that we can see the roots growing. I set out the seeds and the soil. We added water to the soil packs so they could expand. They had fun watching it for a couple of minutes. I let them soak in the water for a while, then I asked the kids to come back in to put the soil into the containers. While my daughter was waiting for the soil to expand, she started playing a gardening game on the Kindle. When I called her back in, she said “I’m already gardening on the kindle!!”  Ah, the wonders of technology ;-)

We took spoons and carefully put the soil inside. My daughter planted her seeds, but my son wanted me to plant his, so they didn’t all spill out. At one point, he went out of the room and I wasn’t sure where he’d gone. He came back a few minutes later walking slowly with two little cups full of water to use after we were done planting. Too cute!!

Now we just had to wait for things to start growing. We put the gardens in a sunny window and we check on them regularly. In the meantime, we also read some books about gardens and seeds. Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants by Bonnie Worth and The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle are the books were are reading right now.

All of this just makes me want springtime and to have fun in my garden. Maybe if we start gardening inside, it will stop snowing outside!

Have you ever done any gardening with your kids?



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