This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.
Winter is over, and while we enjoy some cold and snow now and then, we are so excited to see the arrival of spring! I think kids should be outside often when possible, and the sunshine and warm spring weather certainly make it more enjoyable to head outdoors! We are welcoming spring in an exciting, hands-on way by planting our very own fruits, herbs, and vegetables with Miracle-Gro Gro-ables.
Planting with Kids
Gardening with kids is a wonderful learning experience. Being hands on, exploring, and learning more about the parts, life cycle, and uses of plants are great ways for kids to experience the world around them.
Since I have several kids in my classroom, I need to make sure that our experiences are accessible to everyone and that it is feasible to do activities in a larger group. Gro-ables make this possible in the simplest of ways with their seed pods. The seed pods literally have everything you need to start growing your plant!
I love that there are so many varieties to choose from, and that in each kit I have enough Gro-ables for a full classroom of up to 30 students. After all, I want each child to be able to have their own plant – they get so proud of them and rather attached to them as they care for them!
All we needed to start our planting adventure were:
- Gro-ables seed pods (we first planted Romaine Lettuce)
- Plastic cups for the starts -I chose clear ones so we could see the “action” as we watered and cared for them.
- I recommend poking holes in the bottom of the cup in case they get too much water, and then setting the cups in egg carton tops or other trays to catch excess water.
Planting the Gro-ables Seed Pods
We peeled off the tops of our Gro-ables seed pods and then placed them in our plastic cups that were filled with potting mix. I really appreciated how simple the directions were for planting, that way my kids could be the ones fully engaged in the activity.
They loved planting their seed-pods and placed them with such care, making sure the top was level with the potting mix. They couldn’t wait to get their hands in there!
Parts of a Plant Printable
As we watch and wait to see more of our plants, we have been learning more about the parts and structure of plants so that we can understand more about what they need and how to care for them.
We are building up our vocabulary and adding new words all the time. Before planting our Gro-ables seed pods, we learned more about the word seed and what it really is. We also talked about what else we might see as plants start to grow. For example we may see a stem, roots, and leaves.
This opened up a great discussion about if all plants are the same, or if they are different. It also prompted kids to talk about plants using these new vocabulary words, and to look more closely at them and study their details.
You can grab your own copy of this free printable “parts of a plant” word bank and coloring sheet HERE. This was helpful in aiding our understanding of plant parts and also as a labeling activity after planting our seed pods.
We can’t wait to check back on our seed pods and see their growth!
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!