We have been thrilled to leave the cold behind and welcome spring with some fun planting and gardening activities! Recently, we took to the outdoors and planted our own fruits, herbs, and vegetables with Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. You can see the start of our planting journey (and grab a free introduction to plants printable) here. We had been anxiously awaiting the growth of our Gro-ables, and we certainly didn’t have to wait long!
Our Plants are Growing!
Our Gro-ables have really taken off – just look at how much they have grown! They were very simple to plant, which I really appreciated since I was planting with a classroom of kids. It literally took just minutes, as all we had to do was:
- Grab our Gro-ables seed pods (there are a wide variety of types).
- Place them in potting mix inside plastic cups for the starters, making sure the top of the pod is level with the surface.
- Water them!
It doesn’t get much easier than that! I loved how clear the instructions were on each pod, and how my kids could be highly involved in the process.
As the plants grow, they can be transferred to pots or into your garden. Our lettuce was the fastest growing of bunch, so we moved it to a pot. My kids were so excited to see it grow so fast! They also loved noticing the differences between each type of plant, such as how their leaves looked as they grew.
Learning About Plants
Since planting our Gro-ables, and while we watch them grow, we have been learning all about plants’ structures and what they need. We built up our vocabulary and understanding of plant parts by drawing our Gro-ables and labeling them. This was a fun activity to do because each child’s drawing looks so unique!
Printable Writing and Labeling Activity
We also added this plant themed “Write It!” activity to our writing center. We picked up a card that shows either parts of a plant, or something a plant needs to grow and survive. We then hunted for the matching picture and wrote the word in the box near it.
This is also a fun “write the room” activity if you wish to get your kids up and moving! Simply place the cards on the walls, or anywhere around the room, and have your kids “hunt” for them and complete the recording sheet using a clipboard.
I chose to have the Gro-ables at the writing center so they could not only do the fun writing activity, but experience the real things too!
Grab your own copy of the printable plant parts and needs Write It! HERE.
Plant Your Own Gro-Ables Too!
Are you looking for some hands-on, outdoor gardening fun with your kids? Miracle-Gro Gro-ables are simple and fun, and with so many choices in their seed pods, your kids will be excited to give them a try.
At Miracle-Gro®, they believe that there’s a lot to learn from even the smallest plants. So they’ve started The Gro-ables Project, a movement to share the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences. Join them by planting your own Gro-ables, taking part in the activities and sharing your story!
Do you have tips for growing plants with kids? We would love to hear them!
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