Texas Snow Day – Indoor Gardening Activity for Kids

It’s not everyday (or year) that the kids get a “snow day” in Texas.  But today they did.  Yesterday I grabbed a little garden greenhouse set for the girls to plant seeds this winter in preparation for Spring, and I decided that a snow day is a great day to bring that life inside. Although they do love playing with the ice-sickles and frozen items outside, they need to warm up every now and then too.  So, I put them to “work”.  To make your own greenhouse project, grab a small plastic box like the one below (I got one that’s already setup at Lowes with small soil pods) and a few packages of seeds.  20140123_192341

Since I have two children planting, I let them divide each package into two bowl–and then had them count the seeds for good measure 🙂

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Next, fill a watering can with warm water and pour over the soil disks.  The water (if warm enough) will make them expand, and then you can add the seeds. I have used soil disks before that were to be soaked in a bowl of water, which is quite effective too if you aren’t using a self-watering greenhouse like this one.

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We added about 4 pepper seeds to each pod, and 2 sunflower seeds to each pod (we had some seeds left over).  The container that we used has 32 pods, but they sell larger (and smaller) sets.

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If you’d like, add labels to your rows so that you can tell your plants apart.  You can download the file for the 2″ circle labels that I created for our greenhouse by clicking HERE.  If you’d like to use a 1″ circle, print the file at 75%.  I used a 1″ scalloped circle and taped them to toothpicks.

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Next, put the lid on top, place near a sunny window, water your seeds every couple of days, and watch them grow!

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Note: As you see here, the plastic lid will become foggy.  This is supposed to happens–it means your plants are warm and hydrated!

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Enjoy growing plants with your little ones and explaining the beauty of life with them!

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Pilgrim Pumpkin Turkey Craft

Today my youngest child and I made a Pumpkin Turkey.  She wanted to make a fall craft, and I didn’t want to make a trip to the craft store.  So, we used construction paper and a pumpkin that we already had.

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To make a Pumpkin Turkey yourself, trace a hand on several pieces colored (or white if that’s all you have) paper.

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Let the child color the paper if they want to (even if it really isn’t necessary).

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I’m working with a toddler, but she wanted to help so I let her cut the hands.  We lost a few “feathers”, but that’s okay.

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Trim your hands if necessary.

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Glue the hands the back of a pumpkin. Then, print, cut out, and glue a head to the front (or draw your own).

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I used a faux pumpkin so that it can be enjoyed year after year–and, therefore, I can remember how little our turkey was in years past 🙂

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Mason Jar Fall Craft

Looking for a fall craft to keep your kids occupied while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving using items you have on hand?

Have your child cut fall-colored tissue paper into squares (this will keep them occupied for a while), then glue them on to a Mason jar.  Tie a ribbon or string around the top for decoration, and add stickers for extra personality.  Place a tea light inside for a fun fall decoration that can be enjoyed day and night.

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