Sow Seeds with Toddlers using Recycled Materials

It’s still cold in this part of the country, but I’ve been itching for spring weather to arrive! I decided one way to help us pass the time until the warmer weather shows up would be to start some seeds indoors. For me, it was important to find a way to do this using recycled materials. I also wanted to bring my toddler in on this project, so naturally, I got on Pinterest!

After playing online, I gathered materials and got busy.

seed materialsThe egg carton looked like a kid-friendly way to sow some seeds, but I was skeptical about how small each section was and doubted it could hold much soil.  I had the idea to add cut up cardboard rolls to each “pod” so I could add more soil and allow the seedlings to grow a bit bigger before transplanting.  The cardboard rolls just happen to fit perfectly!

Here’s how we went about sowing our seeds.

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I showed Pooky how to place one Sweet Pea seed into each “pod” of the egg carton.  (We did this without the cardboard rolls in place to make it easier.)

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She repeated this process, so we actually had two seeds in each pod.

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Next, I replaced the cardboard rolls.

Then I showed Pooky how to use the scoop to pour the soil in place.

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She preferred to use her hands! This was exciting for me because my daughter is always very hesitant with new textures.  I wasn’t sure how she would take to the potting soil.  After a few tentative touches, she got busy moving the soil!

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She had a blast with this part!

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Once all the “pods” were filled, Pooky went on to play with the soil (insta-sensory bin), while I watered the seeds. (Note: I realized the seeds may have been planted too deeply since we put them in first, so I added another seed to each pod after the soil was in.)

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I read online (in various places) to remove the egg carton lid and then cover it with plastic wrap and place it under the egg carton to add more stability since the cardboard will eventually become soggy from watering.

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The last step after watering was to cover it with a lid in order to create a greenhouse effect.   My large empty salad container fits perfectly over the egg carton! (Hooray for reusing!)

It’s only been a few days since we planted our seeds, so there’s no sign of growth yet.  I’ll have to update this post later once we see how this works out.

Meanwhile, you can check out my Pinterest board “Gardening with Kids” where I’ve pinned a lot of the great ideas I came across in my gardening search.

For other neat ideas on ways to reuse cardboard rolls check out Project: Recycle & Create at P is for Preschool where I’ll be linking up.

Now come check out all these great blogs I’ll be linking to this week.

http://rainydaymum.co.uk/category/tuesday-tots-linky

http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/tag/tot-school-gathering-place/

http://b-inspiredmama.com/category/play-and-learn/kids-co-op/

http://www.sunscholars.com/

http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2014/02/show-share-saturday-link-23/

10 thoughts on “Sow Seeds with Toddlers using Recycled Materials

  1. What a lovely little activity- I need to get gardening with my little ones soon :)
    x

    • Thanks! I’m so glad it’s finally that time of year. My tot had so much fun with it, she keeps asking to do more. Enjoy your gardening!

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  3. Well… this is pretty awesome! I cannot wait to do this with my son and fully intended to have a vegetable garden this year, but we’re moving and I know we won’t have time for it. I think I’ll have to visit my in laws and teach my son about seeds/gardening there (they live on a former farm so lots of fantastic land). Your post made me so excited to get in the dirt with him!
    Off to pin :)

    • Thanks! I’m so glad you’ll still have the opportunity to “get in the dirt with him!” (love that) That’s what it’s all about at this stage, right? Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Such a great idea! We’ve already planted seeds for our very tiny veg patch, but will remember this for next time – I always have loads of egg boxes!

    • Thank you! I always have lots of egg cartons too, and I’m always on the look-out for more things to do with them. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with your garden!

  6. Love the idea of using recyclables to start those seeds!

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