Gardening is a wonderful hands-on learning activity with kids! You learn about science and nature. You get outside and work and experience the fresh air and sunshine, all with one activity! The kids and I have been working on our vegetable garden the past few weeks and have been really enjoying it. I made a Garden Growth Chart to use to take the whole experience to another educational level- because that’s the way I like to do things around here!! (This is a sponsored post in behalf of Miracle-Gro. I received free product and am being compensated for my time writing this post. All ideas are mine.)
We have been working with the Gro-ables Project from Miracle-gro this month. I had the exciting opportunity of doing a video shoot with them. Check out the video here:
It was such a fun thing to be a part of. They were really nice to take a few behind the scenes shots for us!
Being a pretty shy person by nature, I have been really pushing myself to be comfortable with video, so this was a big step!
Let me tell you a little about the Gro-ables, then on to our tracking sheet! Gro-ables are such a neat concept! The seeds come in a little biodegradable pod which includes plant food and potting mix so the seeds get all they need!
You just push the Gro-able right into the dirt to ground level and water! You could not make things any easier! They come in lots of different varieties and each kit includes 30 Gro-ables with a variety of 4-6 different seeds. Gro-ables is starting a movement of gardening with kids and providing the experience of growing and eating fresh produce! Visit their site to learn more about the Gro-ables Project!
My kids couldn’t wait to get going on our Gro-ables Project! They all wanted a chance to try and plant the Gro-ables. I think they were most excited to start seeing growth, though! That’s where our tracking sheet came in. There is SO much to be learned from gardening.
The Garden Growth Chart is a simple tracking sheet to use with your kids. What we did was write a list of the things we planted in our garden. We then watch them for the first signs of growth and write down the date that we first see them popping through the dirt. Then we continue to track them and measure their growth each week with a ruler. There is even a place to write down for the first harvest! I made the tracking sheet 2 pages so it can be printed front to back. That way it can be tracked for several months!
I created this tracking sheet because I wanted to take the learning to another level. I wanted to keep my kids involved in the gardening process throughout and to keep them excited about the progress of our plants. Kids are more likely to be excited if they are involved and engaged in the process. This is already doing the trick! They can’t wait to run outside each day and see if anything new has emerged from under the dirt!
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Are you gardening with your kids? What are your favorite tips? Enjoy this gorgeous Springtime weather and get your garden planted!