I purchased the wine barrel pot quite cheaply from one of our discount shops and then took the girls shopping at the local nursery. You can use most containers for little pots…just make sure you drill some drainage holes in the bottom.The children always love to help me choose seedlings and as we picked the herbs I made sure to let them smell and touch each one. We also chose a mini tomato and mini capsicum…haven't tried them before but I hope they will perform well in their little pot. I added a few varieties of lettuce, some rocket, basil, spinach, oregano and parsley and we were set!
We filled with potting mix and then the girls had great fun making holes and helping me plant the makings of a homegrown salad! I added a little solar light and cute froggie ornament (my Mum loves frogs!) and then stood back as the children went to work watering the seedlings with their watering cans. Planting herbs and salad greens is so easy…no need to worry about spacing and digging deep holes and they are just the perfect sensory experience for children! There is also lots of opportunity to chat about the different types of plants and how we might use them.
I think it came up really well as a unique gift that can be enjoyed for some time to come. We made this one a little early as we had a visit from Gran last week and it is definitely too difficult to post! But really you could pot them up a few weeks before Christmas so now is the perfect time to get started on that gift for Grandma or Grandpa or other special family members and friends. This type of present works well on a smaller scale too which is perfect if you have a lot of children you are working with – just buy smaller pots or containers to plant out – simple!
We have made many homemade gifts for Grandparents over the years…unfortunately I wasn't blogging then so can't share photos with you but I have collected some fantastic ideas and inspiration for you from all around the Aussie blogging community…I do hope you drop by for a visit and find a special project you can enjoy with your children this Christmas…I know the Grandparents and loved ones in your life will feel very special indeed!
Childhood 101 share a very special Happy Jar for Grandma …I really loved this idea and very child focused in the making!
My Little Bookcase show us how to make some Swirled Glass Vases and Special Homemade Wrapping Paper ….I really want to try both of these….if only I had more hours in the day!!
Just for Daisy shows us how to create a Silhouette Canvas ….I have always wanted to try these and she makes it look so easy!
For a lovely gift from nature why not try these Contacted Leaves from Laughing Kids Learn.
Aspiring Mum shares a new way to give the gift of doilies with her Paper Doilie Prints This one is so easy for the kids to do!
I really love these Stainless ‘Glass' Bookmarks from Adventures at Home with Mum as they are just perfect for younger toddlers to do all by themselves with just a little help at the end!
Just for Daisy also created some colourful Thrifty Sharpie Platters for their family presents this year….we have always used an expensive special paint to create our plates and mugs so i am very excited to try a thriftier version using sharpies…Bek makes it look so easy in this post!
Remember to take a deep breath as we approach that Christmas countdown….‘Doesn't need to be perfect' is my mantra at the moment!
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