It has been a great winter. Well, a great winter for a person who doesn’t love winter. I suppose if you loved winter, the 50 and 60 degree weather we’ve been enjoying wouldn’t be your thing. The girls and I have thoroughly enjoyed it though. This weekend we were actually able to break out all of our summer toys from the garage and use them! Bikes, bubbles, and soccer ball in the beginning of February!?! Yes, it’s glorious, but I do miss the greenery of spring and summer. So, when I saw that Aldi was selling Polka Dot plants for only $1.39, I was all in. The girls were also pretty excited, and each carefully picked out the exact coloring of the plant that they wanted for their room.
No planter? No problem. All you need is an empty tub and Popsicle sticks. #kidscraft #spring… Click To Tweet
When we got home, we were all ready to get these plants in their new planter homes and set out to spruce up the house. The problem? No planters. But we did have a recently emptied butter tub. Perfect! We pulled out the Popsicle sticks and got to work putting together the perfect planter for the girls’ rooms.
What You’ll Need:
Empty tub — the butter tub worked perfectly because it was large enough to allow the plant to grow. Large coffee cans or peanut butter tubs would also be good candidates.
Markers or Paint
- Thoroughly clean out the tub. Plants do not appreciate butter as much as people do.
- Color the Popsicle sticks with the markers or paints.
- Glue the Popsicle sticks to the tub. If you and your child have the patience, Elmer’s glue will work. If you are impatient like me and my girls use hot glue to attach the sticks.
- Add the embellishments of your choosing. We had some shaped sequins, but stickers could also work well.
- Fill the planter with dirt and add the plant.
- Water and find the perfect place for it to live.
Nurture the Experience
Gardening takes skill and is a lovely hobby. This craft is an excellent way to spark the love of gardening in your children and also to begin teaching them about responsibility. Their new potted plant can be their responsibility to water (with some reminding, of course!). Definitely an easier introduction to responsibility than something like a (gasp) puppy. While you’re putting their new plant in the soil, talk to them about what it means to take care of a plant. What does it need? Sun, soil, and water. How do we make sure we get what it needs? Google the plant you chose and read to your child the specifics of what it takes to take care of that particular plant.
If you are trying to build a child’s love for gardening, this is definitely a book that you’ll want to check out. The book has various “labs” or lessons for families to do at home that will teach your child a little tidbit that they will need to know as they build their gardening skills. There is one for each week of the year, although, you can also skip and only do the ones that you want to do. Gardening with built-in lessons? I love it.
The tag line for this book — One boy’s quest for a greener world one garden at a time. It tells a tale of a boy who lives in a city filled with smog where everyone stays inside. Except for this one boy. When he discovers a garden, he excitedly tries to take care of it and bring it to life. He does, and it spreads through the city. And, it inspires the city to come alive and get outside. It’s a beautifully written and inspiring book.