Spring Planting Work
It is spring in Seattle! After the dark winter days, I have been embracing the longer hours of daylight by taking Camden on long walks every night. He wants to stop and sniff every single flower we see! It seemed like it was high time to introduce some flower planting work.
First, we needed to remove the dirt from the pots. I didn't have a child sized shovel, but a spoon did the trick! Camden is able to eat soft solids like applesauce with a spoon, but spooning the dirt from the pots and transferring it into a bowl was a new experience. He was able to successfully able to complete the transfer a few times!
Of course, he needed to stop and smell the flowers after every step.
I showed him how to transfer the plants into the ceramic pots. He has had a lot of practice putting things "in", but he especially seemed to enjoy nestling the plant into the dirt. He took great care with his movements and slowly completed the transfer of two plants.
He helped me tuck more dirt into the pots and brush the dirt gently from the leaves. We have plant dusting station set up in the house, so he has had experience doing this before.
Then it was time to clean up the dirt! He hasn't quite mastered sweeping the dirt into the dustpan, but he did have quite a nice time sweeping the dirt about on the table before I helped him clean it up.
Next, he helped water the plants with his child-sized watering can. I showed him how to hold the water an with two hands. I only give him about an inch of water, since he hasn't perfected his pouring aim yet. He repeatedly asked me to fill the can again by saying "More! More!"
Since these are primroses, they won't last too much longer but they definitely got us in the mood for spring plantings! We put them on a table outside our front windows so that we can look at them as much as possible.
Camden really enjoyed doing these plantings. He is very interested in sequences of events these days, so he was involved with this work from gathering the materials all the way through clean-up. It took about 15 minutes the project, so this is not to say that he was fully engaged the entire time. At 14 months he is still like a little butterfly, flitting about from activity to activity, but when he focuses it's for longer and longer each time. I love to watch his concentration develop!
I hope we inspired you to do some spring plantings. I'm looking forward to getting our vegetable garden set up over the next few months and I know who will the perfect little helper.