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Winter Home and Garden Projects for Children

Mom and Daughter with their bird feeder.

Winter Home and Garden Projects for Children

As though the snow falls like a blanket on some parts of the country in the winter, there are plenty of home and garden projects to keep your children occupied. Choose craft project, gardening activities and reading lessons aimed at conservation and wildlife. During the winter, you can start seedlings inside the home, construct a simple green house and read children’s books about gardening. Let your children pick out seeds by looking at seed catalogs as part of the planning process. During the winter months, most of the gardening activities and projects take place inside the home. For people who live in warm-weather states such as Florida, there are a few outdoor gardening activities you can enjoy throughout the year.

Creating a container garden

In the winter, encourage your children to use their creativity to paint terra-cotta pots for starting vegetables to plant outside in the spring. You can start a container garden in the winter by growing herbs or flowers that bloom in the early spring.

Having fun with popsicle sticks

Use ordinary household items to teach your child how to re-use and recycle. Use popsicle sticks as plant labels. Turn plastic milk jugs into bird feeders. Old newspaper or toilet paper rolls often work great as seed-starting containers that go directly into the soil in the spring. The paper decomposes in the soil.

Making simple bird feeders

Winter is a good time to take the children to a hardware store that offers free lessons on how to make bird feeders and other projects. You can also go outside to explore the yard. Collect pine cones, which you roll in peanut butter and birdseed to feed the birds.

Other fun winter activities include hunting for pretty berries and plants for making holiday wreaths and centerpieces. Depending on your child’s age, explore the yard together. Bittersweet plants often make beautiful centerpiece arrangements. Other home and garden projects for winter include taking care of houseplants and growing a sweet potato vine by putting a sweet potato in a jar half filled with water until sprouts appear and turn into a houseplant.

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