“Green” Plant Crafts

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If you enjoy promoting “green” activities, or those that are environmentally friendly, you’ll enjoy doing the following green plant crafts with your children. Your children will learn a lot about the ecosystem, recycling and gardens with the three crafts listed below.

1.      Create a Terrarium

Materials Needed:

  • 2-liter plastic bottle (clear and stripped of wrappers)
  • Small pot to fit inside the bottle
  • Small gravel
  • Various plants or seeds
  • Scissors (or knife)

Instructions

Take the scissors/knife and cut through the bottom of the bottle. Next, put the gravel inside the bottle (at the bottom) to allow moisture to drain. Next, add the soil and plants inside the bottle…or plant seeds if you have seeds. Add water and screw the bottle cap back on. Place the bottle in a sunny spot and let your kids watch what happens over the next few days.

2.      Recycle Cans for Decoration

Materials Needed:

  • Used metal cans (like vegetable cans, coffee cans, etc.)
  • Potting soil
  • Plant seeds (or seedlings)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large nail
  • Decorative objects to glue on the cans (beads, buttons, ribbons, etc.)

Instructions:

The first thing that needs to be done is removing the labels from all cans. Once this is done, use the nail (and a hammer) to poke 3-4 holes in the bottom of the can. Then, allow your kids to decorate the outside of their cans however they would like. After the decorating is complete, fill with potting soil and plant the seedlings or seeds. Water and place by a window and you’ve got a decorative recycled potted plant!

3.      Build a Garden (In a Container)

Materials Needed:

  • Potting soil
  • Hanging plant baskets
  • Strawberry seedlings
  • Compost

Instructions:

This is a great project for children because it allows them to learn how fun gardening can be without the hassles of tilling and weeding. Plus, they will get to eat the fruits of their labor!

First, take a hanging basket and fill it with potting soil mixed with compost. Then, in the middle of the container, dig a small hole and plant one strawberry seedling in it. Water and hang in a sunny location. Be sure your kids continue to water it and feed it by mixing in compost from time to time. You can also do this project with cucumber when you choose a small pickling cucumber to plant.

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