Sometimes you need to see something before you have the guts to try it yourself. I was recently inspired by some friends who did some gardening with their daughter, so I thought I would give it a try with the twins.
With my sense of humor, patience and tools ready we headed to my tiny garden. We were ready to get messy, and plant some flowers.
The mess was inevitable but being prepared made it fun.
1. I had a decoy – a distraction for when I needed to get something done without too many hands in the way. This came in the form of an automatic bubble machine. I turned on that baby and the joy was palpable!
2. Kid size tools: Make sure you have safe, kid size tools to let them explore the garden.
3. Patience: I wasn’t sure how chaotic it would be to garden with boys that are 2 1/4 years old, but I knew it had some serious “crazy” potential. So patience was my third and final tool in the bag.
The boys loved the digging. That I could have predicted I am a tiny bit worried they are going to find the spade and go and dig it all up again!!
Cameron was really patient with putting in the flowers, and he echoed every instruction I gave him in his little sweet voice. Once things started getting a little “crazy” I told them to go turn the bubble machine on for a little bit. I then filled up two watering cans and when they returned I let them water (almost drown) the new flowers!
All in all, I would do it again. It was fun explaining about the “dirt” and how plants need it to grow, how water is what the flowers drink, and to be “oh so gentle with the delicate flowers”.
You should try it, if you haven’t already
P.S. I just have to say “Oh my goodness, my boys look so grown up in these photos!!!” 😉
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