Frost is on the ground and you can feel winter in the air, but that doesn’t mean that the gardening fun has to stop. Gardening is a great activity for kids, especially with their inquisitive natures and love for getting messy. Getting kids involved in gardening can be great. So here are some winter Gardening Activities & Tools for kids.
A Winter Garden Can Be Fun!
It’s amazing to think that you can still plant a garden in the winter time. You will spend a great deal of time on your knees, so protecting little ones knees from bruising is important. Make sure you grab a proper knee-pad to rest on. Any good garden begins with removing weeds, trimming the edge of the lawn with shears, or picking up leaves which can take a toll on little legs.
Many vegetables grow in a winter garden. Broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, turnips and radish just to name a few can all be planted during the winter season. Make sure you plant at least every two weeks. This will ensure a hefty produce all winter long and keep kids tummy’s filled with great vegetables they love!
Painted Pots With A Winter Theme
Kids love to paint. Have them paint up some winter themed pots for planting in your winter garden. Snowman, Santa, reindeer, you name it. Kids can decorate their winter pots with glitter, pom-pom’s and various other decorations to make your winter garden blossom.
Make A Bird Feeder
Not all birds fly south for the winter. So making a homemade bird feeder can be tons of fun. All you need are two pieces of bread, some peanut butter and bird seed. Just hang your homemade bird feeder on some branches and watch the birds come-a-flutter.
Gardening Tools for Kids
A winter garden isn’t complete without gardening tools. There are tons of hand tools (kid size) to help aid you in the garden. You only need a few to get you started. Whether kids are watering the garden or pruning various plants, garden tools are important to help your garden grow. Kids adapt quickly to using the right tools for the right gardening task. The most important tools is a hand rake, a hand trowel, and small shovel. Hand tools allow kids to get up close and personal to the soil and plants or vegetables growing in it.
Tip: Invest in a small pair of hand shears, great for cutting stalks and pruning. Make sure kids only use them under strict supervision. Once you are finished with the shears, lock them in your garden shed, garage or toolbox so kids can’t get to them when you’re not watching.
Popsicle Stick Plant Markers
Take some popsicle sticks, crayons or felts and have your kids sit down to decorate their own plant markers to stick into their potted painted plants or gardens. This is an added finishing touch that truly makes a wintry garden for kids their very own.