Note: This post is part of my Kids’ Activities series for the A to Z Challenge. Read the rest of the posts here.
We have planters along the perimeter of our back deck, and I let my kids have one little section to themselves. They dig, sculpt, “plant” things, and water it. Once, my son made me a “birthday cake” (pictured above). They can spend hours playing with the dirt.
Of course, they get dirty in the process. I had to let go of that a long time ago. They have so much fun, and it’s such a wonderful sensory experience. It also makes them healthier!
We’ve also planted things together, such as sunflower seeds and vegetables. It’s fun and educational for them to see how things grow. My favorite part is picking things to eat from our garden. We had a grapevine in our last house, and we rarely had grapes because the kids would eat them immediately!
Do you garden? Did you play in the dirt as a kid? I remember making mud pies in front of our house :).