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Luke loves the little garden we have set up for him on our rooftop. Honestly, it’s not much to look at, there’s not much in the way of “peaceful garden atmosphere”, but it brings him so much happiness and he’s always keen to ‘talk’ about the plants and what we need to do to look after them.
All we have is one grow bag, which contains sweet peas and tomatoes, one long terracotta pot that currently holds four sunflowers – these need to be repotted soon.
Also, remember those basil seeds we planted? Yes, they’re out there too during the day time to soak up some lovely sun.
I am proud to say my son has little green fingers and, as part of our daily routine, he waters all his plants.
Traditional watering cans just aren’t practical for toddlers, so we made this very quick and simple up-cycled watering can that is great for kids.
Luke is 20 months old and enjoys having the opportunity to be in control – as all toddlers do. Having his own space is important and being able to do something every day is great and he seems to proud of himself afterwards.
To make this wonderful recycled kid-friendly watering can, all you’ll need is an empty milk bottle and a sharp knife.
- Simply remove the lid and poke through some good sized holes. Milk bottles are great for this project because, as well as holding a lot of water, the lids are made of a softer plastic than say, fizzy drink bottles.
- Once the holes have been made, fill the milk bottle up and replace the lid.
I showed Luke what to do once…
And since then he’s loved having his own responsibility each day.
I think that no matter what your housing situation, having some form of garden/house plant collection is important when raising a child. Not only are they good for your soul (!!) but they’re great for teaching responsibility, for having something important that must be done each day as part of a routine (that’s not boring/mundane) and gardening is great for gross and fine motor skills.
And let’s not forget: Go Green, Recycle, Have Fun Outside!
What sort of things do you grow with your children? Do you have a bunch of pots on the kitchen window sill, or a huge open veggie plot for your kids to roam? Whatever your situation, I’d like to hear it! I’m thinking about writing a round-up post in the future about some quirky or easy DIY garden/plant features that are easily do-able for kids, no matter what your housing situation. If this is something you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments and if you have any posts you’d like featured, don’t forget to give me a tweet @gloryiscalling.