Children's Growing Projects -- Overview
What makes a good kids' project
Why do children and growing projects go together so well?
Children are naturally curious about their world. Growing things lets them ask the obvious questions: What makes a seed grow? What is that bug? Why do plants need water (but not too much?)
A sunny spot, permission to get dirty, and enthusiasm from you can turn ordinary children into garden lovers.
So what makes a good kid's project?
- It has success potential. Think sunflowers, not orchids.
- It's reasonably fast. Big seeds, fast flowers, and transplants from a local nursery all fit the bill.
- The results are edible, brightly colored, or funny looking.
Projects can range from the simplicity of beans in a cup to elaborate trellis work. Pots can work for many projects - you don't have to have a yard to grow memories with children.
Remember: children want your input, they crave your involvement, but they can also become discouraged if you take over. Set up, back off, and let your child get growing.