It’s finally March and the first day of spring is almost here! We’re enjoying more hours of sunlight, the birds are providing morning serenades, and daylight savings time is on the horizon. And although these small changes are most welcome, the outside temperature hasn’t quite caught up. If cabin fever is setting in as the winter winds down, try planting some seeds indoors to give your family a small taste of a spring activity and the assurance that better weather is on its way.
Developmentally, this is a perfect activity for preschoolers. Planting doesn’t require too many fine motor skills, and even three year olds can understand that living things need water and nurturing to thrive. Additionally, it’s awe-inspiring at any age to see something grow from a seed.
You can find supplies at your local hardware store or box store. You will need potting soil, seeds of your choice, a large bowl or container, a scoop or small shovel, scissors or a knife, a water mister, seed planters in which to plant the seeds (egg cartons, Dixie cups, or bio-degradable seed planters), and a cookie sheet or planting tray to put your seed planters on.
Pour some potting soil into the large bowl and add enough water so the soil in well watered; mix well with the shovel. Pierce a small drainage hole in each of your seed planters using scissors or a knife. Scoop the watered potting soil into each seed planter. Add one or two seeds to each planter; read directions on the seed packet to learn how many seeds are recommended per planter and if the seeds should be slightly covered with soil or just remain on top. Place each planter on the planting tray and mist each one with water. Place the tray in a sunny spot. Water as needed, making sure the soil remains damp but not wet.
Soon, your seeds will be spouting into small plants that can be transplanted into a flowerpot for you and your family to enjoy, giving your child the satisfaction of watching something he/she planted thrive. And it will remind all of you that warmer weather is on the horizon!
Kelly McIntire is a children’s author who believes that magic and adventure should begin in childhood and last a lifetime. Her books include Time Twistedand Adventures in Fairy Meadow.
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