Preschool Indoor Gardening
Keep the preschool nature lessons flourishing year-round by planning indoor gardening activities. Your kids will take pleasure in working with their hands and watching the their efforts pay off as sprouts pop up, learning valuable lessons about how exactly plants grow and what people need to survive, such as sunshine and water.
Teach your kids the importance of water in a plant's life cycle, grow some sprouts without using soil. In a wide-mouth jar turned on its side, for example, you can grow edible sprouts such as alfalfa or lentil. Soak the seeds for about 12 hours, and then drain the water and cover the jar top with cheesecloth secured with a rubber band. Rinse and drain the seeds a couple of times a day; the residual water should be enough to help them sprout. In two to five days, you'll have tasty sprouts your preschooler can help you harvest and add to salads or other recipes.
Contain the garden to a terrarium, such as a large glass jar or fish bowl, helps alleviate space problems and contain any mess by keeping soil and water splashes inside while providing only a limited space for the plants to grow.
There are kits that have all the elements you need. I liked this one because it is an acrylic bowl vs. breakable glass and it includes several fairy decorative figurines that are great for imaginative play. It comes with out the plants but the soil is suitable for most plants, cactus, succulents.
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Your preschooler can help you lay a thin layer of rock or gravel on the bottom, then spoon in 2 to 3 inches of potting soil. Plant small plants in the soil, such as miniature ferns, such as lion's mane fern (Microlepia strigosa "Shishi"), or African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha). Give your preschooler a watering can with a narrow spout to add a small amount of water every few days. As the plants grow, your preschooler can use security scissors to trim back the plants.
Edible Herb Gardens
Indoor herb gardens grow good during any season, Your kids will enjoy watching them grow and have fun with this hands on job. Get a few tiny pots that can fit in on a windowsill along with sterile planting medium and herb seedlings or seeds. Choosing herbs you on a regular basis use, such as for example rosemary or parsley, enables your child opt in for trying them later in your dishes. Assist your preschooler in adding soil to the pots, poke holes in the soil for seeds or seedlings, scoop soil over the seeds and water.
Starter Plants For Spring
When you're planning a spring garden, prepare in the winter season with indoor starter crops. Giving you a best start for spring growing while showing your preschooler how fruit and vegetables start. Get seeding trays like the one below. These are great because you can transplant your seeds right in the container. The roots to grow through the container and plants adapt better to the outside. It's easier for kids to plant the fragile seedlings and it's environment-friendly!
With your guidance show your preschooler, poke a hole in each section for the seeds. Drop a seed in each hole and go over it with soil; water the seeds every other day, or when the soil feels dry. Setting the trays in a area that has the most light inside your home. This will help them germinate. Your preschooler will help you transfer the seedlings to your outdoor garden after the first frost.