With spring fast approaching, it’s time to start planning those backyard chores. Maybe you are even considering cleaning out your garage. These tips can help you get your kids involved in these outside chores.
With the very bitter winter weather your area has been having, now is the time to start cleaning out your flower beds; build a compost pile; and set up your garden for extra planting such as an herb garden. When the weather gets a bit warmer, begin to plan gardening chores that the entire family can join in. Make a checklist of all the work you would like to complete, and on your checklist designate at least one chore to each member of your family.
Garden Clean Up Checklist:
- Have the older kids rake the leaves; and have the young kids put the leaves into bags. Stomping on the leaves is mandatory for any child before they go into a bag.
- One of the kids can help you clean up the flower beds, or pull weeds out.
- Everyone in the family can help spread the mulch.
- Teach your children how to build a compost pile.
- Let dad and the boys build a bird feeder.
- Are you planning something special? A rock border would probably look great around your flower bed.
- Send one of the kids to the store with dad to buy organic fertilizing peat.
- Mark the gardening clean up on your family calendar so everyone remembers when it is.
I’m sure you can come up with more clean up chores for the kids. Garden clean up offers the kids some fun time outside, but it also lets them plant the garden. I’ll bet each of the kids would like to pick out a special flower to plant.
The more involved your kids are, the more they will want to complete their outdoor chores. They will watch the flower garden come to life from seeds or plants they put in the ground, and will develop a real appreciation of nature.