Gardening is such an educational activity for kids. There are so many things kids can learn by nurturing a garden. In this rainboot mini garden for kids activity, kids will learn all about how to choose plants based on where they will be planted, how to care for plants long-term, and how to choose plants at a nursery.
My kids had such a good time choosing their rainboot garden plants and caring for them in their new home.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE RAINBOOT MINI GARDEN FOR KIDS:
Before we planted our gardens, we took the opportunity to talk about how plants require different conditions to live. Not all plants can survive in full sun, or in the shade. Before setting out to purchase our plants (which we picked up at a local nursery), I talked to my kids about what kinds of plants could grow in their rainboot gardens and if they should be looking for shade plants or full sun plants.
Armed with this knowledge (we were looking for small plants that would grow well in the shade), we went on a field trip to the nursery. I showed the kids how to look at the little tabs that come with plants to find out what the care instructions are for that type of plant.
Each kid had to choose two types of plants to go in their boot, but the two plants had to have the same type of growing needs so that caring for one didn’t kill the other.
My girls picked out their plants and we took them home.
Next, the girls filled the old rainboots with potting soil and re-homed their plants.
I am making the care of these gardens completely the responsibility of my kids. They must remember to water their rainboot garden plants and keep up with the care for their plants according to what their plants need. It will be a fun project over the next few months to watch how much the kids will learn from caring for their mini gardens!
And at the end of summer, we should have lovely fresh herbs that we can use in our recipes!