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Plant a GardenEven toddlers can work with you on your garden. They can push seeds into the ground and water seedlings. Radishes are great for a first garden because they sprout and grow very quickly, and they are easy to pull up. You might like to plant a theme garden with older children—perhaps a pizza garden. Plant vegetables and herbs that go on a pizza, such as, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, onions, scallions, and oregano. Plant in a circle and the garden will even look like a pizza!
Make Garden HideoutsWhether they use blankets, boxes, tents, or leaves—children like to hide. Help your young ones make a super-cool garden hideout.
- Bean Tepee Put 3 6-foot poles in the ground 3 feet apart forming a triangle. Plant 5 or 6 pole bean seeds around each pole. When the beans grow up the poles, the middle area makes a cosy hideout for a small child.Make it a learning opportunity: Depending on their ages, children can count out the beans, measure the distance between the poles, or secure the poles in the ground.
- Corn Maze Draw a simple maze on a piece of paper. A circle with a line through it works fine. Once the soil warms up in the spring, plant rows of corn seeds 2 ½ to 3 feet apart, following the lines of the maze you drew. In 6 to 8 weeks the corn stalks will be tall enough for playing hide and seek.Make this a learning opportunity: Talk about the different possible shapes for the maze, figure out how many seeds you need, or measure out the spacing for the seeds and the rows.
- Sunflower House Plant sunflower seeds (tall sunflowers work best) to form a small square, rectangle, circle, or triangle. When the plants are 3-4 feet tall gently bend the stalks and tie the tops together, creating a little house with a roof.