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Crafts & Activities - Tykemart

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TykeMart bloggers are always looking for fun crafts and activities to do with their kids.  They share easy DIY projects and activities that are fun for the whole family.  Learn how to make a jar terrarium or cool bouncing bubbles.  Ideas and tips to keep your child active and entertained for little or no cost.

Members  share their tips and ideas too!

Gardening is a great summer long activity for kids.  Give them a patch of dirt in the backyard, buy some seed packets or seedlings from the local garden shop and let them plant away.  Gardening is a good excuse for kids to play in the dirt, it’s also educational. 

I love the wonder in my grandsons’ eyes when they see the first the seeds sprout,  and excitement as they watch the plants grow.  If you plant fruits and vegetables the kids get to harvest them too, they really enjoy that. 

Here are some ideas for your kids’ gardens. 

Kids love having their own garden tools.  You can pick them up at any discount store.  This colorful set can be ordered from Amazon.com. 

Plant fast-growing plants like radishes they take only 30-60 days to mature. Confectionary sunflowers, sprout in just 7 days and can grow 2 feet high in a month.  They produce delicious snack food that kids can eat. Loose-leaf lettuce can be harvested and eaten when it's only a few inches tall.  For more ideas check Amy Enfield’s article Gardening with Children.

 

Photo from miraclegro.com

 

 

For instructions and more ideas to help your family start a garden check out this website Kidsgardening.org

Gardening is a great summer long activity for kids.  If you don’t have a yard, a nearby community garden, or don’t want the kids digging up your lawn, let them garden in containers. 

It’s easy and inexpensive.  All it takes is some potting soil and seed packets from the garden shop.  You can use containers you already have, just remember to drill holes in the bottom for drainage. 

Container gardens can be taken indoors when the weather gets cold for year round gardening fun.  Here are some creative ideas to help you start your own container garden.

 

  •  A Fairy Garden in a plastic tub is a great idea from Jessica Yonker, hgtvgardens.com

 

Photo from lunar.thegamez.net

 

Photo from Metrokids.com
  • This great idea from Metrokids.com uses an old Radio Flyer wagon.  Click here for Justine Ickes simple 7 steps for planting a container garden.

 

Photo from Olivewood Garden and Learning Center

 

Photo from diynetwork.com
  • diynetwork.com  uses old or reproduction food tins to make fun and decorative planters.

     

     

     

    As you can see, just about anything can be turned into a container garden.  Look around your house to find something your kids can use to make their own unique little garden!

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