Planting with your children as early as two is so rewarding!
Watching something grow from a seed to a small plant is so exciting for children! It teaches so many skills, and can be done in any environment!
First discuss with your child the choices that they can choose from and why.
For example, our son wanted to grow coconuts, and it is not possible where we live on the East Coast. We then had a discussion about climates, which brought on many interests of other countries.
Next plan out where you would like to plant like in the backyard, on a terrace, in flower pots, etc.
I absolutely love Melissa & Doug’s Gardening Tote Sets that come with a basic set of tools! They also sell larger shovels, watering cans, a hoe, and adorable sprinklers separately.
Some gardening ideas are to use flower boxes, wine crates, stack different size plastic or terra-cotta flower pots, use old rain boots for single plants, a wagon, a wooden plastic table, or a sand or water table.
Children can make markers with large popsicle sticks, then spray clear lacquer to prevent the lettering from washing away.
Stepping stones are fun to make in outdoor gardens, as well as birdhouses. Most craft stores sell both items, as well as Amazon.
A great website for Organic & Non GMO seeds and plants is, www.organicseedpeople.com which has it all!
Some of my favorite things to plant are strawberries, raspberries, grape tomatoes, peppers, basil, & mint.
This year we are going to plant bib lettuce & string beans to have an edible garden on our terrace!
Take your children to a local farm or farmers market to get some ideas, as well as have them a part of the process. Going to the nursery or ordering materials online, this project will be a memorable one! And who knows, your picky eater might eat something that they grew!
Take it from a Mom who loves teachable & special moments with her children, & so will you!
Then check out the Plasma Bike for ages 1+, and the Plasma Car for ages 3+!
I love toys that promote learning or exercise skills, and these two certainly do just that!
What I love about the Plasma Bike is that it teaches toddlers balancing, which is a great skill. This will prepare them for bike riding, and some children who use balance bikes have an easier time learning to ride a bike!
PlaSmart Inc is well known for the Plasma Car which is a fab gift for ages 3+ and up to 225lbs, which even adults can use! Also it is great exercise for upper body muscles, for the car moves by turning the handles in a twisting motion.
Both the Plasma Bike & Plasma Car can be used indoors too, just not on rugs. It is lightweight, and is small enough to fit in the car.
Take it from a Mom Who loves watching her kids race down the street on their Plasma Cars and you will too!
Every summer we head to the beach, & I find great new things to bring & do with our children.
My faves are:
1.) Melissa & Doug sand toys, they have such fun varieties for girls & boys.
2.) Rubber Ducky Sunscreen, the best of the best, & the ONLY sunscreen that I have found that is waterproof for 8 hours. I have been using this product for over 7 years! (Solrx were the pioneers of putting good ingredients in their sunscreen!)
3.) California Baby Sunscreen stick I love for under the eyes, nose, & shoulders. It works as a barrier for those areas that get the most sun!
4.) Melissa & Doug’s Sunny patch water bottle. I fill it with mostly ice cubes & water. I use this to cool off the kids when it is hot, or for when the saltwater burns their eyes!
5.) Kites are so much fun @ the beach. My fave is made by Manhattan Kids, which is on a stick, so there are no tears with tangled strings!
6.) Coastal Solutions Jellyfish Squish is a great spray to have if our child is stung by a jelly fish. Spray the area & use a credit card to break the stingers away!
7.) A large fishing net is so much fun for the kids to use at the beach or the bay. Watching them catch minnows, or other sea life is priceless!
8.) The most durable shovel is made by the company Toysmith. We buy them in the same color, so no one fights over a different color!
9.) Sport Brella umbrella is my fave, because it can be used at the beach, picnics or sporting events!
10.) Crayola washable paints & paintbrushes are great for painting shells or rocks @ the beach! As early as 2, your child will love this craft at the beach!
11.) I always keep a Sharpie marker in my beach bag, to label all our sand toys, items, waters & snacks to prevent issues.
12.) Me4Kidz mini first aide kits are a must in your beach bag! You never know when a boo boo will happen!
13.) Pre packaged individual snacks are a must! They may be more expensive, but there is nothing worse then a soggy snack when a large bag is opened @ the beach all day!
14.) Change of clothes for the car is perfect to prevent shivers with the AC, a rash, or a wet car/booster seat!
15.) The Sand Off Towel is filled with powder for easy removal for sandy feet!
16.) Smart Water! Freeze a few bottles, & bring lots of water! Dehydration is not fun, & this water has no sugar, just electrolytes which is perfect!
17.) Frozen fruit is a perfect snack for the beach! I Slice watermelon, cantaloupe, & grapes, then freeze them the night before. ~Delish!
18.) XL beach blanket is perfect for the entire family! Lands End at Sears & KMart sell them.
19.) Beach chairs with cup holders prevent spills & tears. BJ’s Costco, & Target have great selections. Adult size chairs are perfect for 2 children to fit on!
20.) Munchkin Safety Duck Tub or small pools are perfect for babies & toddlers to cool off!
Take it from a Mom Who Knows a thing or too about the beach!