I love fall and all the wonderful things that come along with it like apple cider, donuts, bonfires….but if you are anything like me I am still not ready for summer to be over. 😦 I could have handled hanging out at the beach for just one more weekend. Okay, that’s a lie, maybe two or three more weekends. 🙂 Babs isn’t ready for summer to be over either. We had such a great time this summer planting flowers and harvesting vegetables from the garden. She has a wonderful Aunt who bought her one of those potted plant grow kits they have for kids. You can get them in the clearance section or sometimes the Target dollar spot has them also. This turned out to be a great way to bring summer inside and continue some of those learning opportunities. Today we used a bowl and spoon to saturate the soil pellet included with the kit. Other times she has just stuck her hands right in the soil and water to break it up.
We were able to focus on many different skills during this activity such as following directions, waiting, and independently scooping and pouring. This can also be a very language rich activity! We talked about how the soil feels and different sizes of seeds.
Planting a potted plant inside provided more opportunities for responsibility as well! Letting her do this independently did make a mess, however, then she was able to be involved in the clean up. Watering her new plant has also been added to the list of chores (or as well call them Toddler Tasks)… you know making her bed, cleaning up toys, and now watering her plant.