At this unpredictable and—let’s admit it—unsettling time, we want to make sure that you know one thing: Gardening has not been canceled! The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids has planting activities that are easy for any age. Here are six simple family projects to connect with plants and nature!
We all know that nature and plants reduces our stress. Right now, while faced with learning online and being in front of a screen even more often than usual, we want to make sure you get some fresh air and dirt under your fingernails.
1. Grow a Vegetable Forest!
While it may not be warm enough to start planting outside in some areas, you can start practicing inside. Clear off a surface in your home and Grow a Vegetable Forest.
2. Storybook Garden
Maybe you don’t have a place to grow a garden? That’s O.K.! You can read about some stories that took place in the garden and learn fun facts about the vegetables that inspired these classic children’s tales in Storybook Garden!
3. Welcome a Rabble of Butterflies!
Do you love butterflies like we love butterflies? Do you know how to attract them to your yard and container plants? You need to plant what they like (hint, they look for large blooming flowers) and offer them safe places to land. Come along and Welcome a Rabble of Butterflies (and find out what on Earth a rabble is!).
4. Plant a Grocery Garden
Maybe you are looking for a fun and easy gardening project? Find out how to grow interesting and unusual houseplants from the seeds and pits of lemons, mangoes, avocados, and more. Then Plant a Grocery Garden!
5. Grow a Hideaway
Are you in the market for a fort or secret hideaway? A project requiring wood, hammer, and nails may not be something your parents will let you take on, so why don’t you grow one instead? You didn’t know that was possible? Let us teach you how to Grow a Hideaway.
6. Get Growing
Who knew gardening could be as easy as buying a sack of soil and seeds? We did! Our gardening techniques are legendary and we’ll teach you several hacks to Get Growing.
40+ Free Stories and Activties
With the challenges of COVID-19, we’ve added even free stories and cool activities on our Almanac for Kids site. Check it out here!
New Almanac for Kids Book
Kids, want the book in hand? Don’t forget to look inside about our newest (and cutest cover ever) edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids where you will learn about new holidays (National Popcorn Day anyone?), solve weather mysteries like why there is pink snow (and what it smells like), grow rice, train kittens, speak chicken, and make (then throw!) seed balls.