{Tutorial} Gardening with Kids: Seed Starters & Garden Markers

How to Teach Your Kids About Seeds and Gardening

Last week I shared some tips on HOW TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT SEEDS AND GARDENING over at Mom it forward and will be sharing

more about seed starters on KSL STUDIO 5.

One way to teach gardening is to plant seed starters together. Seed starters are planted seeds that start growing inside and are transplanted when they are large enough to plant outside. By growing your plants and vegetables on your own, you can save a lot of money by not purchasing plants that have already been started. Planting seeds teaches children to grow their own fruits, herbs, vegetables or flowers.

What You Need to Start Seeds:

1. Seeds: Planting herbs and vegetables are a nice summer treat. We like to involve the children in this process by allowing them to pick out a few seed packets on their own from the store.

2. Seed starter tray or small container: Seed trays can be purchased at your local grocery store or home improvement store for a few dollars. Small cups do the trick as well.

3. Soil, water, sunshine: Some experts prefer to use a soilless potting mix, but it really comes down to personal preference. Make sure the water can drain properly so the seeds won’t drown or get moldy. Direct sunshine outside may be too harsh on hot days, so setting the seeds in the window sill is a good protected place for them to soak up rays.


Seed Starters

For starters – where to buy seed starter kits

My seed starter kids pictured above were all purchased at Smith’s Marketplace.

1. Planders Pride Seed Starter: $5.49

2. Planters price pellets: $3.49

3. Ferry-More Green house: $6.99

4. Jiffy pots 2: $2.49

5. Garden kit: $11.24



Garden Markers

Supplies you will need:

 Supplies above were all found at Michaels

– Picket holders

– Signs

Martha Stewart paint in pearl

– Mod Podge

Avery Labels {love these!}

– Stencil from Royal Design Studio “What’s the Buzz” (below)

To prepare the project, we laid out newspaper on our kitchen table and placed all the wood pieces on the newspaper.

My mother in-law loves bee’s and I’ve fallen in love with bee’s over the last few years, too. I think Bees are such a happy sign of summer and love this template. This was my first attempt at using a stencil since I think Jr. High. I need more practice, but enjoyed the process.

Note to self: I used a little too much paint on here, but for a first attempt they turned out pretty well. I would highly recommend testing your paint with the stencil prior to using it on your project.

The colors and lables make the signs very colorful and a happy welcome to any garden.

We simply glued the post to the sign with Elmer’s school glue.

Other Teaching Ideas

After we planted our seed starters, we saved one seed from each and made a little poster using cardstock and some craft glue. We then labeled the seeds; it turns a family memory into a little science project.

Parents, baby-sitters or teachers can use gardening as an opportunity to teach growth principles:

1. We start as a seed

2. We need soil to sprout our roots.

3. We need sunshine & water to help us grow.

4. We grow and sprout leaves.

5. We see the fruit of our labors.

How do you involve your children in gardening?


Kathy is a marketing consultant and entrepreneur with a passion for social media and parenting on purpose.  She is also the CEO of Little Stinker, a natural skin care line for baby and moms.

Recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 by Utah Business Magazine, she was also a finalist in the American Business Association Awards and finalist in the Westminster Business Plan Competition.  Kathy has been featured in American Baby Magazine, Parents Magazine, Parenting Magazine and ABC.com. Currently, Kathy is writing a book Word of Mom.

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