Gardening with Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables Project. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spring has officially sprung in Central PA and my daycare kiddos and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  We’re enjoying every minute of this beautiful weather, spending as much time as possible outside before the heat of summer hits…because we know it most definitely will.

We’ve also been busy bees around our home  after daycare!  We’ve planted 20 trees and shrubs and have a few more to plant once we accomplish a few yard/outdoor fixes.  It’s going to take a few years but we’ll have our little oasis complete someday.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Miracle-Gro to see if I would be interested in trying a new product they’re offering along with a new campaign, Gro-ables Project.  Because the main goal is to teach young children the joys of gardening, I was in without hesitation!

A little information from Miracle-Gro about the Gro-ables Project…

“At Miracle-Gro®, we believe that there’s a lot to learn from even the smallest plants. So we started The Gro-ables® Project: a movement to share the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences. Join us by planting your own Gro-ables, taking part in the activities below and sharing your story!”

Once I read that, I knew it was a perfect fit for me and my crew!  A few days later I received my samples and was thrilled with the product!

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids

The Gro-ables Pods are a self contained plant growing product that includes the seed, plant food, and a safe little enviroment to grow these baby veggies!  The kids were very interested in checking them out and were just a little excited about doing some gardening!

I was thrilled with how easily the product is to use! After some quick instructions, a 5 year old was able to remove the stickers and a couple of two year olds ‘planted’ the seeds, then they all took a turn watering.

Gardening with Kids

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Gardening with Kids

Super simple, right?  Even a serial plant killer, like myself, has hope with a product like this one and I’m hopeful, with the help of the kids, we can keep these babies alive and see the fruit of our labor…using the labor part loosely. 😉

In true, preschooler form, the kids are completely absorbed with our plants and check every day to see if they have sprouted yet. (I just noticed this evening that they have, I can’t wait to show them tomorrow!) My plan for the rest of summer is to take a couple minutes during our outdoor time, a few times each week, to water the plants and discuss all the changes that are happening.  We’re also going to keep a photo journal of our gardening and turn it into a small book to keep in the daycare room.

Most importantly, they’re being introduced to the world of gardening in very basic and age appropriate way.  I’m sure we’ll all have some fun with a cooking activity, using the veggies we grew together, some time later this summer.  *fingers crossed* 😉

Be sure to head over to The Gro-ables Project to learn all about this fantastic, kid and family friendly, campaign!  Have you gardened with kiddos? I’d love to hear about your experience and any tips you may have to help make this a successful learning experience!

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