A week may not seem like a long time, but once you’re halfway through the first day and your kids are running out of things to do, it may begin to seem longest week of the year. We’ve rounded up 5 kid-friendly activities using the Tower Garden for every weekday of fall break to keep your kiddos occupied until school starts again. They’ll have something fun to do, plus it’s more educational than screen time on the couch!
1. Find the Perfect Spot Are you re-upping your Tower Garden after summer growing, replanting it, or moving it from outdoors to inside in time for spring? Ask your kids to help you find the perfect location for the tower by assigning them promising garden spots to watch throughout the day. Every 30 minutes, have the kids write down whether their spot is receiving sunlight. At the end of the day, see whose spot wins (or gets the most light throughout the day). Keep in mind you’ll need an electrical source nearby!
2. Go Seed Shopping Giving your kids a chance to choose the greens and vegetables they want growing in the Tower Garden will give them a sense of ownership. They’ll be more likely to tend to the plants as they sprout and then be excited to eat them later! Take a trip to your local nursery or gardening store to explore all of the seed options, and let your children choose some of their favorites. (And don’t be shy — with Tower Garden, you can grow up to 20 plants in less than 3 square feet!)
3. Assign Gardening Jobs Cultivate responsibility in your children by creating garden jobs. Give each child a specific job, or let them choose their own. For example, Plant Inspectors can use a magnifying glass to examine leaves daily to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. Water Watchers might periodically check the Tower Garden reservoir to confirm that it doesn’t need refilling. Cleaning Captains can keep your Tower Garden looking spick-and-span.
4. Create a Garden Bouquet Greens aren’t just for eating! You can use flowers, lettuces, and herbs grown in the Tower Garden to create beautiful arrangements to decorate your home. Kids will love picking blooms and setting them inside a vase, adorning them with ribbons, and then eating the bouquet later! For more tips on creating a beautiful Tower Garden bouquet, check out our blog post.
5. Get Cooking! Let your kids be the chefs! Together, you can find recipes that use the greens on your tower, harvest the ingredients, and cook a meal for the entire family made of fresh vegetables. This is the most fun part of gardening, as you and your children will get to enjoy the fruits of your labor—literally! For kids who aren’t old enough to use the oven or burners, try making salads, smoothies, and varieties of pesto and hummus. If your kiddos are old enough to work with heat under supervision, a breakfast veggie bake, sautéed greens, or kale chips are always a crowd-pleaser. Check out our blog for more recipe ideas!
To support you in your new gardening adventure, here are a few more resources to check out:
KidsGardening.org - With the goal of “Helping Young Minds Grow,” this website offers a vast library of resources, from basic gardening guides to fun craft ideas.25 Best Gardening Blogs – Though they aren’t specific to gardening with kids per se, these top blogs of 2017 are bursting with practical growing tips and ideas.Gardening with Kids for Beginners – If you want a sneak peek of what you’re in for, this entertaining blog post recounts the author’s experience of growing a family garden for the first time.
By the way, we’d love to hear about your growing experience. Make sure to share your stories with us. Happy gardening!