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While I may be a fall person through and through, spring is pretty great too! The days are getting longer, the temperature is getting warmer, and the plants and flowers are beginning to bloom. I look forward to this time of year, just to see the expressions on my children’s faces as they see the world around them transform from the cold dark winter, into a beautiful, blooming oasis.
Gardening has easily become one of favorite themes to teach my children. If you follow me, you know that I love pairing my activities with books. There are so, so many wonderful books about gardens.
A few of our favorites are the following:
There are truly so many amazing gardening books, I wish we had more!
Besides planting in our own garden, we have been enjoying creating garden themed crafts, pretend play, snacktivities, sensory play, and activities. Here is a list of 10, kid approved activities to do when learning all about gardens!
1.) Transform a pretend market into a garden shop using our printables.
2.) Recreate the lifecycle of a seed, by transforming your driveway into an obstacle course using sidewalk chalk, rocks, sticks, and a ball. The goal of the course was to follow the seed (represented by rocks) on its journey to becoming a flower.
3.) Create mushrooms in the garden “snacktivity”. This super simple, fun dessert is made out of chocolate pudding, gummy worms, marshmallow, strawberries, and icing. To make the “mushrooms” all I did was cut the strawberries, and decorate with vanilla icing dots, to look like mushrooms. Then, I placed them on top of a marshmallow. (I cut the bottom of the marshmallow to make it a little stickier)
4.) Adapt to your child's skill level/needs with an interchangeable sorting sensory activity. Set up your bin with a “dirt” base, we used Dirt in a Bucket by Play Visions. It is great for indoor play since it’s easy to mold and easy to clean up! Print/create dif