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Flower Fun For All Ages!


For the past couple of years, the Easter Bunny has brought my children little flower pots.  Each year my children hope that they will get them again.  They really have fun with the process of planting, caring for, and watching their flowers grow.

The Easter Bunny finds these particular starter pots  which are only a couple inches high, at Target in the dollar section.  The Easter Bunny loves target for filling easter baskets!  LOL



This year, the pots that they had were colored, which was even better because my kids could easily tell which was who's.  

The day they received these, they planted their seeds.  Its so simple that only the 2 year old needed help from me.  Inside the pot is a little bit of soil that needs to be wet.  It then expands in the pot and you gently place about 6 of the seeds provided onto the top, and gently push down a little.  Simple as that.  Then the kids just had to water them every couple of days, which of course fell into one of Mom's jobs!  



After about a couple of weeks, the plants get big enough to move to bigger pots.  The Easter Bunny had also provided these bigger pots in their baskets.  So I pulled out the paints and brushes, laid paper grocery bags down on the table, and let them go to town.  This was the first time I actually had my two year old do this type of painting and he loved it!  I was slightly nervous that he would drop the ceramic pot, but he didn't.  They all had fun creating different designs and were very focused while painting their pots.  Once done, we put aside to dry for a day or two (or until Mom finally got her butt to the store to buy potting soil). 





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Finally, we went outside to transfer the flowers, because my kids are notorious for making a mess.  I had the kids take a spoon and scoop out potting soil to put into their bigger pots.  I realize a spoon was kind of small for this task, but at least it made them slow down and enjoy the process.  I then helped them wriggle out their flowers from the small pots, and held them in the bigger pot so they could add more soil around it.  


When we pulled the flowers out of their mini pots, we got to see all the roots that curled up on the bottom.  Mini science lesson for the win!


Here are the finished products basking in the sun on our kitchen window sill.  



Once the flowers start getting big enough, we'll plant them out in the flower bed in front of our house.  This is where they usually end up dying, because we get direct sun to that spot, and well, I have no green thumb whatsoever!  The whole process is fun for my kids though, and they love seeing their plants grow as they care for them.  





Comments

  1. What a cool project. I am not good with plants, but I guess I can do the project and give it to friends

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    1. OH I'm not good with plants either! Since these are my kids' plants though I have to be extra careful!! LOL

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  2. Nice project. I thought about doing this with my three for the summer.

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    1. It's fun. It's amazing how much kids love this stuff if you just pull them away from electronics.

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  3. This is a great project! I think I'm going to show this to my mom and see if she wants to do this. She's been wanting to get back into gardening, and I think would be a great and fun transition!

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  4. I will definitely have to do this with my oldest daughter! She loves to play in the dirt.

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  5. Nice project, it's a great learning activity during the summer.

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    1. Yep! I'm all about continuing learning during the summer. If not, they'll be rusty when they start school again.

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  6. We tried this last spring. Will try again for sure!!!

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  7. Such a beautiful idea but I'd have to plant succulents as they take longer for me to kill :(

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    1. I hear ya! I'm not that good at gardening either!

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  8. Pretty cool.. Kids ought to be engaged in such activities instead of smartphones and/or other types of screens..

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    1. Absolutely! Funny story: Yesterday my daughter was on her iPod so I invited her friend over to play hoping she'd get off it, and maybe go outside. Instead her and her friend connected the ipod and iPad and just played together...sigh

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    2. I agree, thanks for sharing.

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  9. Oh my goodness, this is such a wonderful idea! SO MUCH better than the easter baskets. I will have to try this next year.

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  10. oh so good for to teach responsibility to children :)

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  11. This a really great project for children. I remember doing something simpler in elementary school. All our plants were next to the window and we could watch the plant would grow. Nice post.

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    1. That's awesome that you got to do that! There's something so therapeutic about watching plants grow.

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  12. Cool project! My kids would love it.

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  13. Oh my goodness, so cute! Love the idea of letting the kiddos paint their own larger pots - excited to do something like this as my little gets older!

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    1. They love that part! There's so many fun things to do with them as the get older.

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  14. How fun! This is something all kids need to do! How sweet that you're able to capture the moment and share with everyone

    Kimberly
    www.brunchandgloss.com

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting and visiting my page!

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  15. Is it bad that I am an adult woman and I was thinking how fun it would be for me (not my son, but me) to do this? LOL

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    1. Haha absolutely not! I love planting, even though I'm no good at keeping them alive. LOL

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  16. I loved the website and its content. It was really amazing and I am sure that I will make one such pot for myself. Thanks to you!

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  17. That is a great fun family activities.

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  18. This is such a cool project and I love the pics with it :)

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    1. Thank you, the kids really had fun with it!

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  19. This is so fun! I got my kids involved in our garden planting this year and they've been having fun watching the plants grow after all their hard work, care and nourishment of them. I can't wait until the garden starts producing some food for them to eat.

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    1. It's amazing how much kids actually LOVE to do planting. I guess is the "go ahead" to play in the dirt! LOL. I remember my mom growing food in the garden and I loved it!

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