When my kids were small, at the start of their summer vacation, I had great ideas about how to entertain them over the summer. Alas, after a few weeks that dwindled to just trips to the library and the bookstore. Keeping them occupied every day with new project ideas was hard work.
This week I was at a trade show and came across a few ideas that might help you keep your youngsters entertained for a few hours -- at least.
One of several ideas from the popular Crayola line is a 4-inch plant container that comes complete with a design on the outside for the kids to color. Each container comes with coconut fiber growing mix and seeds so that your child has everything to grow daisies as well as having a multi week project. The container includes 3 crayons to color the outside band for the container.
A second growing idea is a set that allows kids to grow some healthy food. Sets for tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers are available and they all come with seeds, soil mix and instructions for growing the vegetable.
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The City Garden set comes as a ‘complete garden’ and is for kids of all ages as well as adults. This set is easy to set up and has everything you or your child needs to grow a compete veggie garden. The set has bags filled with soil medium, seeds for tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, pellets to start the seeds and grow-bags for the larger plants. The box includes fertilizer too to make the garden experience successful.
Another idea that is perfect for both adults and kids, is wrapping paper that has seeds pressed into the paper. This unique idea is a set of 4 sheets of wrapping tissues in soft pastel colors along with raffia rope to tie the gift and gift cards. After the gift is opened, the paper is put onto the garden bed, covered with soil, and watered. Not only does this help decompose the paper but the seeds germinate to make a lovely wildflower garden area. Seeds include baby’s breath, calendulas, daisies and many more colorful flowers.
Of course, having children in the garden, they need some kid-size garden gloves that will not only stand up to wear and tear in the garden, but also be flexible and comfortable to allow the child to enjoy working outside. Often these child-sized garden gloves are lightweight and pretty but don’t stand up to garden work/play for more than a week or two. Look for better quality gloves that fit well and last for the whole season. An example of these are by Woman’s Work gloves called ‘Kidswork’ gloves with ‘kids growing a gentler world’ written on them.