|Spring Is In The Air|
by Betty Bose
This time of year we look outside and start thinking about Spring and the beauty that comes with it. The bulbs are beginning to peek out of the flower beds and the grass is starting to green up.
For many of us in the northern part of the world it is too soon to start digging and planting and for some it is already too hot to want to spend a lot of time outside so I've pulled together some activities to satisfy our desire to cultivate and use some of nature's own craft supplies.
For a fun beginning activity, experiment with growing a Grass Head Monster or a Potato Hedgehog. This teaches young people about care and nuturing of seeds with a short time span between planting and the grass beginning to sprout.
About a month before planting season is a good time to start a Seedling Pot. This project can be used to teach children where food comes from and also encourages them to recycle as the project reuses egg cartons.
For young people in urban areas the Indoor Greenhouse is a project that encourages recycling by using a 2 liter soda bottle. This also makes a lovely gift for Mother's Day.
If you are looking for projects that make lovely gifts, Springtime is a great time to collect twigs that have fallen over the Winter months. These twigs can be turned into a beautiful Twig Vase and filled with flowers for a special friend or family member.
These projects are a great way to whet the appetites of our young people to get outside and prepare for Spring planting.