Children love to surprise Mom on Mother's Day and what better way to surprise her then with a project that her children made all by themselves. This Mother's Day, your children can impress Mom with their gardening skills by surprising her with a miniature greenhouse. This simple project only requires a little help from Dad and everything that you need can be found in your recycling bin and gardening shed. This is a fun project for little kids because they have complete creative control and it is stable enough for them to carry it to give to Mom and help her move it from sunny windowsill to windowsill. Read on to learn how your child can brighten up Mother's Day while getting his green thumb dirty in the process.
What you will need:
Step 1 – Prepare the Greenhouse
Have your child find an empty soda bottle from the recycling bin. Thoroughly wash and dry the bottle. Then, remove the label and cut the bottom section of the soda bottle off, setting it aside for later.
Step 2 – Prepare the Pot
Step 3 – Decorate the Pot
If your child would like, he can decorate the yogurt cup “pot” with eco-friendly markers, paint or even cut a strip of colorful junkmail to secure around the yogurt cup.
Step 4 – Plant the Seedling
Step 5 – Water the Seedling
Place your “pot” in the bottom portion of your soda bottle. Using your milk carton watering can (or another type of watering device), completely saturate the soil in the yogurt cup.
Step 6 – Put Together Your Greenhouse
Carefully, reconnect the bottom section of the soda bottle (with your plant inside) to the top section. They will easily and securely fit back together when you carefully push the bottom part inside of the top part. This way when you water the plant, it will drain inside the soda bottle and not on the top of Mom’s coffee table.
Step 7 – Surprise your Mom
Present Mom with a tree seedling, vegetable, herb, or any other plant growing in her own greenhouse. Just don’t forget to remind Mom to water her plant, or better yet have your child water it for her!