Family Time Calendar: Get Out - iVillage

Now that the winter ground has begun to thaw, it's time to get ready to plant the first flowers of spring. Get your whole family involved by making a trip to your local garden nursery together. Get your child revved up for the visit by first reading a children's story about gardening, such as Planting a Rainbow or Growing Vegetable Soup.

Your child will be in awe of the shapes and sizes of plants, and the rainbow of flowers lined up row after row in the greenhouse. She'll also love the rattling sound she can make by shaking the seed packets. Pick out lots of bulbs, seeds and young plants, such as pansies, daffodils, tulips and hyacinth, to grow in your backyard. Consider buying a child-size rake, spade and watering can for your little gardener to use at home.

Clear away remnants of winter in your yard such as dead plants and dried leaves. Designate an area for your child to grow her own special garden. Show her how to turn over the soil, add the fertilizer, plant the seedlings or bulbs and water the ground. Write your child's name on a garden marker or placard and have her decorate it with paint pens, glitter glue and stickers.

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