Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than by getting outside and growing something with your kids? Looking for fun new kids gardening ideas? We’ve got you covered!
We can’t say enough about the benefits of getting outside with kids. From fine motor development to gross motor development to sensory exposure and more, gardening is one amazing way to get outdoors while promoting developmental skills in kids.
When kids use gardening tools, they’re getting great grasping and strengthening work (not to mention proprioceptive input). Or maybe they like to dig right in with their hands for some awesome tactile input, sifting through the mud and even finding some slimy worms! As they bend, squat, kneel, sit, and stand, they’re getting an awesome balance challenge along with some great vestibular input and a healthy dose of core strengthening!
See what we mean? When it comes to child development, gardening with kids rocks! Spruce up your garden this spring with these cute yarn-wrapped labels for your plants!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
–Printable plant labels
WHAT TO DO:
First, have kids use the yarn to decorate the twigs, winding it around and around until they’re completely covered. This is a great bilateral coordination task!
Then, print off a set of the plant labels and laminate them so they’ll hold up to a little watering! Kids could also color the borders of the labels to make them even more beautiful!
Have kids cut out the labels, punch a hole in each one, and use the yarn to tie one label to the end of each stick.
Finally pop the sticks into the ground or your pot to label each of your plants!
Check out these great spring toys and products that will get kids moving, exploring, and rediscovering the outdoors after a looooong, coooold winter stuck inside!
Or head out into the yard for a fun game of garden tag! Looking for ways to take your therapy sessions outdoors this spring? Check out these 10 outdoor activities for your therapy practice!
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