Green Guide to Gardening: Pinteresting Projects!

Welcome to Day 3 of our latest Green Guide Series,  where our novice gardener, Loralie, will share some of the “green” techniques her family will be attempting in their own (and first!) garden patch this year.  

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Day 3: Pinteresting Projects! 
Involving your kids in your garden can be fun and educational.  Every child enjoys digging in the dirt.  But sometimes we need to be a little extra creative to encourage their involvement.  Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Pinteresting Projects to get kids excited about the garden.  There’s nothing “greener” than nurturing the next generation’s respect for nature.



Create a Playscape
What better way to encourage interest in gardening than building a garden play space of your child’s very own?  It’s also a perfect distraction for littles who are bit over zealous with “helping” in your garden.  I adore this play garden from The Imagination Tree and we are busy creating our own version. Complete with sensory plants and an area for mud pies, it’s a guaranteed fun way to get down and dirty.

Source: theimaginationtree.com via Loralie on Pinterest
Inspire outdoor play with these charming make-believe gardens from Girl’s Gone Child.  My inner Tinkerbell is dying to frolic in the whimsical fairy garden and I know my son could spend many a happy hour in this dinosaur garden.
Source: girlsgonechild.net via Loralie on Pinterest
Playing house in his or her own backyard getaway made of sunflowers is sure to delight any child!  The Disney Family Fun site has easy instructions for planting your own sunflower playhouse that the kids will enjoy tending to and growing themselves.  This site has an extensive list of Gardening and Nature Crafts that are worth checking out.
Source: familyfun.go.com via Loralie on Pinterest

Activities
You’ve heard of mud pies, but how about mud soup?  Lose your laundry inhibitions and go for it!  Let No Time for Flashcards inspire you.

Source: notimeforflashcards.com via Loralie on Pinterest

This sensory garden tub from Toddler Approved will fascinate your little one.  With it’s Peter Rabbit theme you foster a love of reading and gardening at the same time.  Educational value aside, it’s just too darn cute!


Source: toddlerapproved.com via Loralie on Pinterest

Hope these ideas have motivated you to put a shovel in your child’s hand!  For more ideas you can follow my Outdoor and Gardening Activities for Children Board  or my Gardening & Outdoor Spaces Board on Pinterest.  As always, for a variety of fun kid ideas follow the Little Lake County Activities and Resources Board.

Visit us tomorrow for Day 4 of our Green Guide to Gardening and discover more tips and techniques for an eco-friendly garden.
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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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