What do you do when you've finished the first step of an indoor planting project like our bean and seed races, but you want to find a way to give kids even more ownership over their work? You find a way to turn making a simple garden marker into a fun crafting activity!
Sure you could instruct your children to mark pots of newly planted seeds with a simple piece of masking tape or a craft stick label, but why not harness their creativity to make something a little more exciting!
Plant your plant marker craft session according to the interests of your kids. If your kids love to craft, this could turn into a hours long crafting activity. Or, if your children always claim to "hate art" like mine do, keep it simple.
The purpose of a this plant craft project like this is not to encourage you to imitate our exact project but to share how easy ideas to keep the kids entertained are always right around the corner.
How to Make Plant Markers for an Indoor Garden
Use whatever materials you already have at home to fashion your own one-of-a-kind plant markers, but there are a few items that are key.
Cardboard. Use cardboard from a shipping box or cereal box. As long as it is thick enough not to bend in on itself, it will work.
Stickers. We used letter stickers instead of markers to write the names of the seeds we planted.
Craft sticks, aka popsicle sticks.
Glue or tape. We also used glitter glue to decorate the plant labels.
Cut several cardboard rectangles. You'll need at least one per pot.
Decorate the cardboard labels however you wish, using stickers, markers, or other materials.
Glue or tape a craft stick to each.
Pop the correct plant marker into its corresponding pot!
For my 5 year old, who is not yet reading or spelling fluently, I wrote down the name of the plant on each cardboard rectangle and he applied the corresponding letter sticker on top. See how I snuck in a bit of literacy and spelling practice?
I think they add a bit of fun to our window. What do you think?