Garden Activities for Kids


Secret Seed Garden
Soil samples arranged in a Secret Seed Garden.
Soil samples arranged in a Secret Seed Garden.
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Maybe you've planted something with your kids and watched it grow, but how about trying a Secret Seed Garden as a gardening activity? Seeds are all around us, just waiting in the soil to grow. By gathering dirt from several areas, you can grow a garden and see what pops up from those secret seeds.

What You'll Need:

  • 3 scoops of dirt, each from a different location
  • Spoon
  • Shoe box lid
  • Marker
  • Plastic bags or plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Tape

Step 1: Collect several spoonfuls of dirt from three different places. Keep the samples of soil separate.

Step 2: Divide the inside of a shoe box lid into three sections, and mark them off with a marker.

Step 3: Label each section with the name of the place where you collected the soil sample.

Step 4: Line the lid with a plastic bag that has been cut open or a piece of plastic wrap.

Step 5: Place each sample of soil in the section with its place name. Sprinkle water over the soil in each section.

Step 6: Cover the lid with a piece of plastic wrap or another plastic bag. Seal the cover with tape to create a greenhouse.

Step 7: Set the lid in a sunny window, and check every day or two for signs of any plants growing from secret seeds.

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