As a parent I try to teach my children about sustainability by emphasizing the importance of reducing our waste and recycling. Being “green” for us also includes growing our own vegetables. Every year we plant a small garden with the vegetables we eat most often. My in laws are pros at gardening so whatever we don’t plant I can always count on them having. They also have two lemon trees, two cherry trees, a peach and plum tree. Needless to say, our grocery bill is greatly reduced during the Spring and Summer with all of the fruits and vegetables around.
Even though it’s technically still Winter, the weather has been absolutely beautiful here in California. It’s been
close to 80 degrees, which means a lot of our time is being spent
outdoors. The kids and I have been getting ready for our garden by
starting seedlings. Beside growing vegetables we also enjoy planting flowers throughout the year. Since it’s been so nice out I recently purchased the Go Green and Giggle Activity Kit for the kids. The greenhouse kit came with a tote, book, and song cd.
If you go to the website they have a shop tab that will direct you to Amazon so that you can purchase the kit of your choice. I use Amazon frequently so this made it very convenient for me.
Before I ordered the kit, the kids and I looked around the website and watched the videos. Did you know that sunflowers turn towards the direction of the sun? I had no idea! That’s one of the great things about doing activities with my kids, I always learn something new. My daughter who is 2 1/2 was really excited about Sunflower Suzi, she couldn’t wait for the kit to arrive. Everyday after lunch we would walk down the street to check the mail, anxiously hoping the package would be there. As soon as it arrived my daughter asked me to read the book to her. It’s a cute book and on the last page there’s a packet of sunflower seeds attached. Once we finished the book, we went outside to sow our seeds.
The kit is very easy to use and perfect for children.You simply pour warm water onto each pellet and wait a couple of minutes for the pellets to open. Once the pellets have opened, sow the seeds, close the greenhouse kit, and place in a sunny area.
I made a little video of us enjoying our new kit and the beautiful weather.
The kids are anxiously awaiting for the the seedlings to sprout. We will hopefully have an area prepped in the backyard once the seedlings are ready to be planted. Anyone want to come help me pull weeds and get the dirt ready? :)
What I enjoyed about the Go Green and Giggle kit is that it gave my daughter a new perspective on gardening. She loves reading and being able to do an activity that relates to a book was fun for her. In the book there are other characters like Conroy Carrot and Daphne Daisy, so hopefully they come out with more kits that include vegetables. In the meantime my kids will be starring at our little greenhouse kit waiting for Sunflower Suzi to grow.