Gardening Ideas for Spring

I'm told that spring is right around the corner. Even here in snowy Minnesota, there are signs that spring is on the way. Each morning I hear more birds starting to chirp, the sun feels warmer, and my dogs want to go outside more - cautiously checking each time to see if the 18+ inches of snow sitting in our yard has disappeared. These subtle signs have me thinking about all the possibilities that there are outside once spring is here for us. And, I know for many of you, the time to start your outdoor gardens is now! 

20+ Montessori Friendly Gardening Ideas for Spring

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I have also been reading the book There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather which has inspired me to get outside and enjoy the weather we do have even if it's not warm and sunny. I'm making a much more concerted effort to make that a reality. So, here are some ideas for gardening this spring I have been inspired by lately: 

  1. Force spring bulbs to grow inside
  2. Get a small watering can for your children 
  3. Square foot gardening
  4. Add some musical instruments to your backyard - bonus make a windchime with your child
  5. Plant a cut flower garden for indoor flower arranging all summer 
  6. Plant an herb garden
  7. Add wooden bridge for young children to explore
  8. Use rain gear and explore your backyard/garden/neighborhood for changes during the rain
  9. Hang a very low swing for independent toddler use
  10. Give your child access to water in the garden - maybe through a rain barrel 
  11. Explore different insects and birds you have observed in your garden
  12. Add a book about plants to your collection  
  13. Use the garden as a opportunity to explore shapes 
  14. Add a mud kitchen or open digging area 
  15. Raised garden boxes for kids 
  16. Organize your child sized tools 
  17. Add a bird feeder to your window 
  18. Start seeds inside, create an indoor area to work 
  19. Add a bird house to your yard 
  20. Regrow food from kitchen leftovers 
  21. Add open ended workbench area to your space, let your children explore 
  22. Make a space for creating art in your garden, maybe an outdoor easel 
  23. Use a root viewer and plant some beans/seats/root vegetables 

Hopefully you find some inspiration here! And, I hope your real spring comes faster than mine is sure to come!

20+ Montessori Friendly Gardening Ideas for Spring

What kinds of gardening and outdoor fun will you do this spring/summer with your kids? Anything you would add to this list? 

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  1. Love the list Nicole! I specifically wanted to get a root viewer, but maybe we can do a DIY too. Thanks for sharing!


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