Earthweek for Kids

Plants, Flowers & Trees

Earthweek for Kids

Earthweek for Kids

How To Grow Your Own Flowers

Creepy Crawlers of New Mexico

Treats for kids

Earthweek Challenge

Earth Week Arts & Crafts

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Downloads

kids watering flowers

How To Grow Your Own Flowers

Did you know that the flower is one of the most important parts of a plant? That’s right, it’s not just for show. In fact, flowers are responsible for the reproduction of the plant and production of seeds. Us humans might like flowers because of their color and fun shapes, many of them also have nice smells. 

You can grow flowers at home with just a few supplies from your local hardware store, and watch the entire life cycle of a flower from seed to seed. When you are choosing which flowers to grow, look for plants that are advertised as growing well in the area you live.

You could also grow vegetables, because even vegetables have flowers! If you choose to grow vegetables, consider growing squash or snow peas. Both of these plants have very pretty flowers, AND you can eat the squash flowers!

Supplies Needed

  • Cardboard egg carton (don’t use styrofoam!)
  • Potting or seedling soil
  • Seeds (any kind will do, whatever looks fun to you!)
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Twig or chopstick
  • Sheet pan or tray 

Optional (for labeling):

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

CAUTION!

Cutting hazard from scissors. Ensure there is an adult present to supervise, and make small, slow, cuts with blunt-tipped scissors (if available).

Starting Your Seeds
  1. Cut the carton to separate the lid from the body of the carton, then tuck the scalloped half (the body) into the lid (smooth half) to use as a base. Place this onto the sheet pan or tray.
  2. Fill the wells (where the eggs used to be) of the carton with soil, gently packing it down with your fingertips as you go.
  3. Gently water to moisten the soil, and add more soil if needed so that each well is full to the brim.
  4. Make a small hole in the center of each well with your twig or chopstick.
  5. Place 1-2 seeds in each hole, and gently pinch the soil to cover the seed.
  6. Gently water again, and place in a warm sunny area. Flower seeds usually take 7-14 days to sprout, so be patient! Check the seedlings every day, and water as needed to keep the soil moist (but not soggy).

Transplanting Your Flowers

plant seedlings
flower pot

Once your seeds have sprouted and you have a plant that is 3-4 inches tall, it’s time to transplant those baby plants into a bigger pot (or outside) so they can grow big and strong! 

In Northern New Mexico, it is usually safe to plant outside after Mother’s day (May 9th, 2021). Check the forecast before you transplant, you want the night temperature to stay above 32 °F to prevent your flowers from freezing.

  1. Prepare the soil you will be transplanting into, this could be a big pot or your garden bed, by loosening the soil and digging out a small hole 2-3 inches deep for each seedling. Pour a small amount of water in the hole to get it ready for the plant.
  2. Carefully cut between each well in the egg carton to separate the seedlings.
  3. Gently pick up one “pot” (the cut out well filled with soil and seedling) and make 2-4 vertical cuts down the side of the cardboard to help the roots grow out big and strong.
  4. Place the “pot” and seedling into the hole and cover up with soil. Gently pack the soil down around the stem of the seedling.
    *If you want to label your seedlings, now would be a good time to do so! Use a popsicle stick and a permanent marker, or draw a diagram on a piece of paper.
  5. Water all the seedlings once transplanted, and check often to make sure they are watered and growing strong. Some plants need fertilizer, so check the seed packet for a feeding schedule (did you know plants need to be fed too?!)

Conclusion

Enjoy your flowers as they bloom! The bees and hummingbirds, and even your neighbors, might enjoy them too! 

nm flowers

Discussion Questions

  • How long did it take for your seeds to sprout? 
  • How long did it take from planting to flowering? 
  • Did any seedlings die when you transplanted them? Why might that be?
  • What is the purpose of a flower?
  • How did we practice safety while planting and growing these plants?
  • What do you want to plant next year? Is there anything we should do now to prepare?
  • Do all flowers bloom at the same time? Why?
  • Why do you think flowers are so attractive?
  • What do plants “eat?” Why would we need to feed them?
  • What flowers have you seen growing in the wild? 

Challenge Ideas

  • Dissect a flower and name all the parts (a handheld microscope and Google is helpful here!).
  • Buy heirloom seeds and save seeds from the flower after blooming. Dry carefully and place in a safe place so you can plant them next year.
  • What is the biggest flower you can grow? The smallest?
  • Research and grow edible flowers, then use them in salads, for decoration on cakes and cupcakes, or to garnish any other food.
  • Grow flowers and then cut and arrange bouquets and deliver them to your neighbors, friends, or family members.
  • Press flowers between newspaper or pieces of paper tucked in a book for a month or two. Use the pressed flowers to make cards, or frame them for wall art.

BACK TO TOP

CREEPY CRAWLERS OF New Mexico

Find the bugs inside the jars and click on them to learn more!

BACK TO TOP

treats for kids

Treats For Kids

Download PDF

BACK TO TOP

earth week challenge checklist

Earthweek Challenge

Download PDF

BACK TO TOP

earth week crafts

Earth Week Arts & Crafts

Celebrate Earth week with these awesome arts and craft activities for the entire family! These activities are great reminders of how important it is to take care of the Earth. Use these projects to learn more about recycling, reusing and repurposing materials around the house, and how important it is to take care of our planet Earth!

Cupcake Liner Daisy

What you will need:

  • Green cardstock or construction paper
  • Blue cardstock or cons
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White cupcake liners
  • Paper straws 
  • Free Printable Earth Template

Directions:

  1. Print out the free template. 
  2. Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to color the Earth green and blue. 
  3. Use scissors to cut each Earth template. (You’ll need one per daisy).
  4. Cut out small leaves from your green cardstock or construction paper.
  5. Flatten a white cupcake liner and fold in half. Fold the cupcake liner three more times.
  6. Round the top of the folded cupcake liner with your scissors.
  7. Unfold the cupcake liner. Do this again with another cupcake liner.
  8. Glue the two cupcake liners together, and then glue the Earth into the center of your whtie daisy. 
  9. Glue a paper straw onto the blue cardstock or construction paper.
  10. Glue the flower onto the paper straw.
  11. Glue leaves onto the cardstock, right against the paper straw.

Activity Source: https://buggyandbuddy.com/earth-day-daisy-craft/

craft cans

Recycled Tin Can Plant Holder

What you will need: 

  • A washed and cleaned empty tin can
  • Small plants or succulents
  • Potting soil
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint (red and black)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Googly Eyes
  • White Cardstock
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pom poms- Small

Directions: 

  1. Wash your empty tin can with soap and water and remove the label.
  2. Drill a few small “drainage” holes into the bottom of the can. 
  3. Paint the tin can with 2-3 coats of paint. Allow the paint to dry between each coat.
  4. While the can is drying, paint the child’s hand with red paint. Firmly press their hand onto the white cardstock to make a handprint. Repeat this process to create a second red handprint.
  5. Once the handprints are dry, cut them out leaving a thin white border.
  6. Create the ladybug’s spots by using black paint with your fingertips over the red hand cutouts. 
  7. Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half and then in half again. Curve the ends of the pipe cleaner and glue a small red pom pom onto the ends. Glue the bottom of the pipe cleaner to the top inside portion of the can. 
  8. Using a hot glue gun, add your googly eyes to the front of the can. 
  9. Attach the handprint wings to the back of the can. 
  10.  Use the red paint to draw a mouth under the googly eyes. 
  11. Finally, fill your can with soil and add a small plant or succulent. 

Activity Source: https://funhandprintartblog.com/recycled-tin-can-ladybug-plant-holder.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=604712634_10881476_266269

earth craft

Earth Day Windsock

What you will need:

  • Blue cardstock
  • Blue and green crepe paper
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Clothespin
  • Large pom pom
  • Paper plate
  • Large cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Paper

Directions:

  1. Open up a clothespin and close it around a large craft pom-pom. This will be the paintbrush the kids use for making their craft.
  2. Pour a small amount of green paint on a paper plate. Dip the end of the pom-pom into the green paint and then press it onto a sheet of blue cardstock to start creating the land masses on your Earth. Continue dipping the pom-pom into the green paint and then stamping it all over the blue cardstock to make each of Earth’s continents on your blue cardstock paper. Let your paint dry completely before moving on to the next step. 
  3. When your green paint has finished drying, turn your windsock over so the painted continents on the Earth are facing down. Cut out three pieces of 18-inch green crepe paper and three pieces of 18-inch blue crepe paper. Glue them on the bottom one-third of the blue cardstock.
  4. Bend your Earth Day windsock into a circle, connecting the ends together. Place two staples at the top and bottom of the windsock to join the ends together. 
  5. Cut a green paper strip handle that is 1-inch by 8 ½ inches. Add a generous amount of extra strength glue stick on each end of the paper strip and attach it inside the top of the windsock for a handle. 

Activity Source: https://iheartcraftythings.com/earth-day-windsocks.html

BACK TO TOP

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

dog name charlie

Hello, I’m Charlie! Every outing for me is an adventure. When my wonderful owner Martha takes me for walks, I like to tilt my head sideways to listen to the birds chirp between the trees and see the ravens soar high in the blue open sky above me. I enjoy listening to children’s voices, traffic, the wind rustling the leaves on the oak bushes, and whatever else is nearby. I also like to sniff the damp earth beneath me. 

Come with me on my next adventure outside and let’s have some fun! Once you have an adult with you, let’s go on a scavenger hunt to see, listen, and feel nature.  

Let’s try to find everything on this list!

Is it cold or warm outside?  Do you need a coat or a sweater?

Is there wind? Is it soft wind lightly playing with your hair, a restless, harsh wind, or a breeze that is in between? 

What sounds do you hear? Are the birds chirping?  Do you hear dogs barking?  Kids playing?  Music?  Cars?

Can you find something smooth to the touch like a pebble, rock, a railing, or a flagpole?

Can you find a twig about a foot or so long?  Is it rough to the touch?  Is it bent? What color is it? Does it have leaves?

Can you see any leaf buds on the trees and possibly apple, cherry or apricot blossoms?  What is your favorite fruit?

Can you find a big leaf? It is dry and brittle or green and flexible? How would you describe it?

Can you put your hand in front of your mouth and breathe on it?  How does it feel?  Warm?  Moist?

When you get home, can you drink water?  How does it taste?  Is it cold?  Does it have any flavor?

BACK TO TOP

Downloads


BACK TO TOP