Fall is the perfect time of year to get the family together in the garden. Why wait? Gather the gardening gloves, shovel and seeds, and get started with exciting projects today.
Fall is such a magical season for families. It’s the time of year when kids can jump into the pile of leaves just raked; cool, crisp air wraps around you; and leaves begin to fall, filling the yard with all sorts of color. It’s an amazing time for family activities — especially planting.
Before you make plans for family outings this fall, think about a few activities the whole family can enjoy right in the backyard. Kids will love the feel of dirt on their hands, and they’ll take pride in completing their own outdoor projects.
This project lets kids create their own garden that goes wherever they go. Simply fill the bucket with soil, place seeds inside and water. It only takes a few minutes to get started, but the smiles on their faces will last season after season.
Fill jars with water and add food coloring. Place a celery stalk inside the jar. As transpiration takes place, water is pulled through the stem. The colored water will dye the celery stalk. It’s a great way to show how plants absorb water.
Crack an egg, saving the lower two-thirds of the shell. Once it’s clean, draw eyes, a nose and a mouth on the shell with a felt tip pen. Next, fill the shell with potting soil. Put grass seed in the soil and dampen with water. Repeat this process to make as many eggheads as you’d like. Finally, place your eggheads in an egg carton, and watch your plant grow. Kids will love it.
Make a family garden journal that you can update all year. Set aside time to write notes, make observations and record information about the progress of your garden.
Adopt a plant and keep track of its growth. Make note of its unique characteristics and what your family likes most about it. Consider working with a sick plant, keeping a log of what you do to help it heal.
Allow the kids to make some mud (using a little dirt and water) and feel it between their fingers and toes. Let them walk on paper, finger-paint and write out words the whole family can see.
Teach the kids about their state by planting the state tree or flower. Talk about other plants that are indigenous to your area.