Houseplant Appreciation day was started by The Gardener’s Network. It was created to remind people about their houseplants which might need a little attention after the holidays! The other reason is to celebrate houseplants is for the benefits they have for our health and well being.
Watch this short 3 minute video from National Geographics Kids on how plants are essential to the web of life:
Kids & Houseplants
Kids love helping out! Give them the job of watering the houseplants. If they are young, just be prepared for water spills around the house! And don’t forget, it’s just water! Put some towels down on the floor, and have them clean up their spills afterwards.
For even greater responsibility, go to the store and let them pick out a plant they can care for that’s all their own. Or grow your own! Plants that are easy for kids to take care of (i.e. plants that do ok with neglect!):
- Spider plant
- Wandering jew
I do like to start thinking about the garden in January. Maybe because the seed catalogs start arriving, but it’s also my way of dreaming about warmer weather! If you have room for a garden, involve your kids and find out which vegetables they would like in the garden. Maybe even give them their own plot to take care of. Our kids’ favorites are cherry tomatoes, snap peas, broccoli, dill, and raspberries. Especially since the kids can snack on them when outside playing – they love it and it’s so good for them. I make sure to plant these on the outer edges of the garden, so they can reach them easily.
Awesome Plant Websites
- All About Plants for Kids | DK Find Out
- Fun Plants to Grow With Kids
- Plant Games, Facts, Videos, Images – Watch a video on the Venus Fly Trap – a carnivorous plant!
Plant Science Experiments
- “Nibbles : A Green Tale” by Charlotte Middleton – Every guinea pig in Dandeville loves to eat dandelion leaves until there is only one plant left, and Nibbles secretly and carefully tends this treasure until he can share the seeds with his community.
- “Plants” by Sally Morgan – A book in the series by Sally Morgan that explores our world’s fascinating cycles and brings to life the processes that keep our planet forever changing. Earth Cycles: Plants looks at a range of trees, flowers and fruits to explain the colorful and varied life cycles of plants.