Garden Activities for Kids

Sunflower Fort

Create your own yellow-topped sunflower fort as a garden activity with kids. Why build a fort? You can all work together to grow an ever-changing leafy playhouse that gets taller and taller through the summer.

What You'll Need:

  • 7' x 7' garden patch
  • Shovel
  • Short stakes
  • String
  • Tall-growing sunflower seeds (such as giant greystripe or Russian mammoth)
  • Cheesecloth (optional)

Step 1: Late in spring when the weather is warm, mark a 7-foot square in the garden. Dig the ground around the edges a foot deep. The soil should be loose and crumbly.

Step 2: Push a stake in the ground at each corner. Mark the "doorway" with stakes.

Step 3: To help you plant seeds in straight lines, tie string to a doorway stake and run the string around the stakes in a square around your fort.

Step 4: Plant seeds an inch deep and six inches apart. (Poke a hole in the dirt with your finger, put a seed in, and cover it up.) Plant seeds around the edges of your fort -- but not in the doorway.

Step 5: Water the seeds.

Step 6: Cover the seeds with a layer of cheesecloth to protect them from squirrels. Leave the cloth loose so the plants can grow; weigh down the edges with dirt.

Step 7: When the plants are several inches tall, remove the cheesecloth. Thin out the plants; sunflowers get huge and need the room.

Step 8: Keep the plants watered, as sunflowers need plenty of moisture.

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