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We’re doing our first real garden since the girl was born, and she’s pretty excited about it. We bought a little raised bed kit and have lettuce, broccoli and strawberries — all things she will eat — so far, as well as some flower seeds that didn’t fare too well in the last cold snap.
She also has this book, Caillou: in the Garden, in which the kid who’s four helps his grandfather plant a garden and learns that it takes a long time for carrots to grow. In it, Caillou draws a picture of a carrot and they use it as a plant marker. The girl wanted to do that, too, but I convinced her to try using slightly more durable materials. But only slightly.
What You’ll Need
- wood pieces for the tags (mine are 2 3/8 by 1 1/2 by 3/8 inch and came from Hobby Lobby)
- craft sticks
- glue (not washable!) and tape
- markers or paint (again, not washable unless you’re going for a lesson on impermanence)
What You’ll Do
- Draw the vegetable in question.
- Glue the sign part to the craft stick.
- Allow to dry.
- Place outside.
- Repeat every time it rains because you could only find washable glue. Or use tape.
I think they’re really cute, even rained on, and way better than something you could buy. It’s an easy way to get a kind involved in gardening. I’m so glad she’s excited and will enjoy the vegetables and fruit we grow, too.
Are you gardening with your kids this year? I’d love to know what you’re planting!