Klorane and their partnership with the Kids Gardening Non-Profit has put together a number of ideas to get you and your family involved with Earth Friendly Activities. Why not try out one, or several, to celebrate this Earth Day. For more information and more fun activities please visit Kid’s Gardening. And Happy Earth Day!
Kitchen Scrap Gardening – With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can devise some very imaginative indoor gardens from your kitchen leftovers. Kitchen scrap gardening is when you grow plants from items you’d normally throw in your compost bucket. Kids love this idea, and it’s a great way to reinforce the sustainable living concepts of recycling and re-using.
Seed Viewer – Simple and inexpensive to make, plant bean seeds in clear plastic cups to allow young gardeners to watch seeds sprout and introduce them to the life cycle of plants.
Plant People – Homemade “chia” pets are the perfect activity for a cold or rainy afternoon.
Grow Your Own Salad – Greens are one of the easiest crops to grow indoors. Grow spinach, lettuce, mesclun mix, mustard or kale and you can begin to harvest micro-greens within a month!
Pressed Flowers – Encourage a sense of wonder in young scientists at home by going on a backyard plant exploration to collect leaves and flowers to press and preserve. You can use your specimens to make a guide to the plants growing in your garden and landscape or to inspire a host of art and gift projects, including notecards, bookmarks and placemats.
Leaf and flower prints – Plant pigments provided some of the earliest dyes for artwork and clothes and can still be used to color our world.
Make More Plants from Houseplants – Get growing and decorate the house with your favorite plants and planters.
Hydroponics – Kids are always amazed to see plants growing without soil. This simple kid-powered system gives them a chance to experiment and explore hydroponic basics.
Garden Scavenger Hunt – A scavenger hunt can be a fun way to encourage young gardeners to practice using their observation skills.
Soil Art – Soil can be found in a wide range of colors dependent on the parent materials from which it is made. People have been using soil to make art for ages (for pottery, paintings, to dye cloth, etc.)