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Gardening Day

Your kids will enjoy being outside and watching their plants grow.

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Spring is also a wonderful time to get started with your garden. If you're lucky enough to have a backyard where you can plant a big garden, get the soil ready in advance. If you live in an apartment or don't have a big yard, plan a "container garden" where you can plant smaller things like herbs, cherry tomatoes or peppers.

Over the winter, go shopping for seeds with the kids. Let the kids choose one or two things they'd like to grow -- help them out to ensure they choose something appropriate for where you live so they don't become discouraged. Start your seedlings in egg cartons or special seedling pots. The kids will delight in watching the seeds sprout and begin to grow. Then, on Gardening Day, everyone plants their seedlings in their own plot in the garden. And throughout the spring and summer, each child is responsible for his or her own plants. Enjoy the rewards of your work, through fresh salads or pretty flowers in bud vases throughout the house.

For more ideas on family fun, check out the links on the next page.

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