I was 4 years old, and I was out in the backyard playing with our non-Hispanic friends who were boys. The landlord had allowed my parents to plant a little garden in one corner of that small yard. One of the things my parents wisely chose to grow was cilantro. Though I was young, I was a quick and I took the opportunity to trick my clueless friends.
My non-Hispanic friends had no idea what in the heck “cilantro” was or looked like, so I walked over to our little garden which at that point didn’t look like a garden, it just looked like a whole bunch of soil was dug up and tiny green grass was coming out. I grabbed some of that “tiny green grass” and began eating it. My friends thought I was so cool, after all, I was 4 and that’s what cool little 4-year-olds do, at least in the eyes of toddler boys.
From my earliest memories, my parents always had some kind of “garden” or were growing some type of plant (mostly herbs). In fact, now that I think about it, every first generation Hispanic family that I’ve ever visited has had some kind of mini garden or plants growing in their casa.
It’s kind of like the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Throughout her book, the rose bush is metaphorically interwoven throughout her story. The rose bush represented: hope, memories, love, hard work, and family roots.
In some way, I know for my family their mini garden did in fact, represent “hope,” a deep-seeded desire to grow roots in a country that was not their own.
With that said, I think I need to grow a garden in my casa for our little familia.
Here are 12 simple gardening with kids projects and ideas:
12+ Gardening with Kids Projects and Ideas 1 of 14
Don' t let the excuse of not having a yard keep you from gardening. I'm sharing lots of great ideas for indoor and outdoor gardening for you to enjoy with your kids!
DIY Garden Markers 2 of 14
These garden markers are absolutely adorable! Not only will your kiddos enjoy gardening but they can even practice their spelling.
Get the tutorial for DIY garden markers at Meaningful Mama
A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening with Kids 3 of 14
Don't know where to start? Well, don't worry, there are plenty of resources out there to help you out. Here's a simple one with basics to help you get gardening with your child.
Get this Beginner's Guide to Gardening at Dirt and Boogers
Gardening Seed Planting Experiments 4 of 14
My boys would totally enjoy watching a seed grow. "There are several fun classroom activities that will get children interested in growing plants and finding out more about them."
Find all the details at Hub Pages
Rock Garden Markers 5 of 14
Need another simple garden marker idea? This is great if your kids love bringing out their paint brushes!
Find the details over at Lu Bird Baby
DIY Butterfly Feeder 6 of 14
I don't know about you but I love butterflies. Their colors exude all things "spring"!
Get the tutorial for this lovely butterfly feeder over at eHow
Grass House 7 of 14
This little grass house would be so fun to watch grow and then trim. Definitely a project my little gardener would love to take on!
Get the details over at Spoonful
Easy Water Garden 8 of 14
If you don't want to deal with all the dirt involved in gardening, a water garden is a great alternative. Here are some fun plants that will grow and take root in water!
You can get all the details at Midwest Living
Fairy or Gnome Garden 9 of 14
These little fairy gardens are so adorable! I think my boys would prefer it was a gnome garden, but they are still at that age where they would enjoy a project.
Pink and Green Mama has all the details
Egg Shells Gardening 10 of 14
If you're still experiencing inconsistent weather, start your garden indoors with this awesome idea using egg shells. Bonus: It's the perfect idea for a spring gift!
Get the details at Lilliedale
DIY Garden Decoration 11 of 14
I'm continuously amazed at how clever people are! I came across these super easy concrete mushrooms and had to share them with you.
Crown Hill Day By Day gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make your own
Egg Carton Gardening 12 of 14
The lovely thing about egg carton gardening is you can just place the plants in the dirt with the egg carton when they are ready to be planted.
Kitchen Chronicles gives step-by-step instructions on how to do this
Recycled Water Bottle Craft: Watering Can 13 of 14
We made this watering can craft last summer and we are still using it to this day. It's one of the most practical and inexpensive crafts to do with your kids.
Get the details over at Inspired By Family
Sensory Benefits of Gardening with Kids 14 of 14
And just in case you're wondering what other benefits there are to gardening, this article shares how they can help your kids' sensory skills.
Go to Lemon Lime Adventures for the details
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