The lock down has taken a lot of our daily routine from us, so why not spend some much needed time outdoors gardening with kids during COVID?
Spring flowers are in full bloom, pollinators are buzzing around, and the sun is shining. Now is the time to enjoy the outdoors before our summer heats sink in, and what better way than to get out in your own garden? Though many of us are stuck at home due to stay at home orders, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy nature right in our backyards.
Since Washoe County Schools are still closed, we thought you might need new ideas on how to entertain your kiddos. Gardening is a great way for young children to get their hands dirty and have fun while learning.
There are many ways to teach kids in your own garden with these fun gardening projects.
Teach Your Kids About Plant Reproduction
You might show them how plants reproduce by dissecting flowers and identifying the parts. Explain how plants are pollinated and talk about pollinators. With your child, research what type of insect or animal pollinates each plant in your garden. For instance, California Fuchsia (Zauschneria californica) is pollinated by hummingbirds.
You can also plant seeds and watch them grow over the course of a week or two. Try planting an edible flower like nasturtium or an herb garden, so your children can enjoy tasting their plants. You may even try a pizza garden with tomatoes, oregano and sweet basil for making tomato sauce. You can create a container garden as a fun garden activity.