Can you believe it’s April already!? If you haven’t started your garden yet, now is the time! Here is a nifty recyclable and biodegradable craft that you and your kiddo can enjoy. Lay out a plastic tarp or go outside because we are going to get DIRTY!
You’ll need the following:
- Short craft tubes
- Seeds, dirt, water
- (Optional) Plastic bin, gardening gloves, shovels, and plastic toys.
- Change the craft tube from a circular shape to a square shape. We will do this by folding your tube in half by flattening it. Notice how it creases. Fold it again by lining up the current creases and flattening it once more. Your tube should be square shaped now.
- Cut your square tube in half. You’ll have 2 small tubes now.
- Measure 3/4th of an inch on each crease and make a cut. You will have 4 cuts on each tube.
- Fold the flaps over as if we are folding a box. If you’re having a hard time double-check that your flaps aren’t too long or short.
- Repeat steps 1-4 with as many tubes as you need.
- Fill your tube up with dirt and plant your seed. Give it some water, too! Store your planted seeds in a sunny, temperature-controlled spot until the weather outside is nice and warm. Follow the directions and dates on your seed packet, because not all plants behave the same.
BONUS FUN: Fill a bin with dirt and add fun sensory toys. Plastic animals, large seeds like corn and beans, shovels, and measuring cups are all my favorite toys. Let your child scoop, play, bury, and squish to their hearts content. Depending on the child, I’ve found this activity can last up to an hour! Who knew dirt could be so much fun!? Happy planting!
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator