Back in mid February, my daughter, and I planted flower seeds to grow indoors, while we impatiently waited for spring to arrive. We had a lot of fun watching them grow, but I could tell my daughter was dying to touch the poor fragile plants, so I knew it was time to create a hands on activity. I had to think of all the real life materials we used, and think of kid friendly alternatives. I picked up four small bags of dry black beans while buying groceries, and small plastic flower pots on one of my many trips to the Dollar Tree. You can also buy seeds at the Dollar Tree, four for a Dollar, or save your seed packets if you already plan on planting seeds this Spring. The plastic bin we dumped it all in, I already had on hand, we use it for a lot of different activities. Go ahead and invest $5 at Walmart for a 28 quart storage bin, I promise I will post plenty of other uses for it! Same for the shovel, though you could use just about anything you have on hand as a shovel. We already had several bunches of fake flowers on hand, I just had to cut them to size.
- Dry black beans (used for representing soil)
- A small bag of white beans (used for seeds)
- Small shovel
- Empty seed packages
- Small plastic flower pots from the Dollar Tree
- One 28 Quart Storage Bin
- Fake flowers
- Small spray bottle, or watering can
- Fill your seed packets with a small pinch of white beans in each packet.
- Cut your fake flowers until there is only two, or three inches of stem, so that they fit nicely into the little pots. Then put these flowers in a easy to access container.
- Have your child help you dump all of the black beans into the bucket.
- Lay all the materials close by the bucket, so you don’t have to run around grabbing things.
- Scoop some black beans into a pot.
- Pour a packet of seeds into the pot, or gently place them in one by one if your kid is that patient.
- Sprinkle a few black beans on top.
- Pretend to water the seeds.
- Place fake flowers in the pot to pretend the seeds grew into flowers
- Now sit back and watch your child have fun, and use their imagination!
- Throw all the materials into the bucket, and close the lid, and you are ready to play it again next time. Though you’ll probably have to refill the seed packets!