Well, today is my kid’s last day of school and then we have 2 1/2 months of unstructured summer fun. Oh, sure, they have a few camps and a family vacation to look forward to but there will be endless hours of free time as well. During that free time, I will hear an unending stream of ‘I’m bored’, ‘there’s nothing to do’ and from my son ‘I’m hungry!’. So, what is a mom supposed to do when here kids are home all day during the summer with nothing to do? Find some easy summer activities for kids, of course! There are a ton of ways to keep kids entertained without plugging them into the TV, video games or other electronic delvices. When I was browsing through a list of easy summer activities for kids I really liked this one because it combines my own love of gardening with my children’s love of getting dirty and having fun.
The Miracle-Gro website has a great selection of easy garden projects that you could get your kids to help you with. The Gro Project has step by step directions and photos for the Toyarium but also has other projects like a Ukulele Garden and an Origami Garden. Thesefun garden projects are a great way to keep your kids entertained this summer without plugging them into electronics.
Summer Activities for Kids: Toyrarium
So, how do you make a Toyarium? It is a very simple project that uses Miracle-Gro soil, an old fish bowl, and whatever toys and plants you want to use to create your masterpiece.
1. Cover the bottom of the container with rocks
2. Fill it about 1/3 full with Moisture Control Potting Mix
3. Use a spoon to plant your flowers or succulent cactuses in the bowl. Add more soil if needed.
4. Set the scene with small toys
5. Give the bowl a small amount of water. Make sure to not add too much. If you use cactuses you will need very little water.
6. Sit back and enjoy!
You can choose whatever ‘theme’ your child loves to create your toyarium. Add plastic bugs and small flowers to simulate a garden. Add small dinosaurs and cactuses, or even a collection of tiny fairies to make a fairy garden. The possibilites are endless! To learn more about Miracle-Gro and their easy garden projects, check out the Grow Project video below.
Check out Miracle-Gro online to access their library of articles and videos full of expert gardening tips for both beginners and professionals.They also have a number of online tools to help growers solve common garden problems and find the right products to help them keep a healthy and beautiful garden. Follow the Miracle-Gro Pinterest page or like them on Facebook for more information!