There’s just something magical about gardening with your kids. Planting seeds, nurturing new life, digging your fingers in the soil and creating food you can feed your family. The cherry tomatoes we grow hardly ever make it in the house!
To keep the magic alive in our small backyard garden, we try to interject as many opportunities for fostering independence and educational activities while adding in as much fun as possible. Some years that means exploring all of our senses, raising butterflies or building a sunflower house, this year it means our first cutting garden.
To get the kids excited about growing their own blooms we made these bright and cheerful garden markers and plant stakes.
TO MAKE COLORFUL GARDEN ACCESSORIES YOU WILL NEED:
– Wooden spoons or dowels
– Terracotta plant saucer
– Craft paint
– Wooden Beads (we used the Bead Bouquet set)
– Hot Glue Gun, Glue Stick
– Colorful Yarn (optional)
NOTE: Please use caution when gluing the beads on. If your kids are young, you may want to do the hot gluing yourself.
Cheerful Sunshine Garden Marker
1. Paint a small terra-cotta baby blue and wait for it to dry
2. Choose the beads you’d like to use for the sun and the rays and then hot glue them onto the saucer
3. Hot glue the back of your saucer securely to a wooden down or spoon
4. Wait for it to dry
5. Place in a potted plant or anywhere in your garden for some instant sunshine!
Rainbow Bead Plant Stake
1. Paint a wooden spoon the color of your choice an wait for it to try
2. Hot glue beads in order of their color in the rainbow
3. Place in a potted plant or in your garden
Note: We use ours to mark where the veggies end and the flowers begin.
Colorful Garden Snake
1. Paint a wooden spoon the color of your snake’s body and wait for it to dry
2. Use contrasting color paint to draw stripes on your snake’s head (and body if you aren’t using yarn)
3. Wait for the stripes to dry
4. Wrap the handle of your spoon in colorful yarn making sure to tuck the ends when you start wrapping to avoid unraveling. Hot glue the end to the rest of the yarn and trim
5. Hot glue beads for the eyes and mouth
6. Place in your garden bed to protect your plants and bring a smile each time you visit
Oh yeah, and if you happen to have a mom, nana, or grandmother who loves to garden as much as ours does these would make the sweetest handmade gifts for Mother’s Day! Just add a few seed packets, maybe a cute pair of gloves and put it all together in an empty pot. You’ll get bonus points for including some gardening tools the kids can use when they come over too! Pretty Petals Trowel and Cultivator pictured here
More fun springtime garden crafts for kids
– The kids will have a blast whipping up this fun balancing butterfly craft
– Get the kids super excited about planting their own flowers by crafting a few first
– These finger-painted flower pots aren’t just cute, they are also loads of fun and make a great gift any time of year
You can also find plenty of springtime garden crafts for kids and more seasonal crafts on our Spring Fun board on Pinterest. Are you following us?
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