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Gardening with Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

2013-04-06 by Joyce

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These kid-made plant markers – perfect if you’re gardening with kids –  are shared with us by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.

Spring is here, and like many others, my family is turning our attention towards the garden. We’ve started planning and preparing, and we’ve even done a little creating! These bright and cheery plant markers are a great way to get your kids involved and they are a perfect addition to any garden.

Gardening with Kids Kid Made Plant Markers

Materials

Kid-Made Plant Markers

Gardening with Kids Kid Made Plant Markers

These plant markers are easy to create and my son really enjoyed the process. He began by painting the craft sticks with colorful, springtime paint colors.

Next, he made the picture labels for the plant markers. He used the Non-Roll Markers to draw and write on 3×3 squares of white card stock. I helped him spell the names of our plants and he wrote them on the cards. He also added a little drawing of what the plant looks like.

Gardening with Kids Kid Made Plant Markers

I laminated the cards to protect them from the weather. I used a lamination machine, but you could also use self-laminating pouches or even contact paper. I left extra lamination at the top of each card to allow for the hole punch. You don’t want to punch the hole into the actual card because it will break the seal of the lamination.

To finish, we glued one regular craft stick to the top of the jumbo craft stick and used the twine to attach the picture labels. That’s it!

Gardening with Kids Kid Made Plant Markers

This activity isn’t just creative. It’s also educational. Not only did my son get to create and experience a sense of pride, he also learned a great deal about the plants we are planting. The herbs were especially exciting to me because he now knows how to identify several herbs by sight.

Are you planning a garden? What are some of the ways you get your kids involved?

Share your ideas with us on Instagram, using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!

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Joyce

Joyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family's favorites. Find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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