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Atlanta Kids 101: Celebrate Spring with a hands-on garden party

Bush beans are fast to sprout and easy to grow.
Bush beans are fast to sprout and easy to grow.
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Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation, your next children’s party is already planned. Garden-themed activities keep the costs down, keep the kids outside, and send them home with a treat that keeps on giving.

Wet Warning! These ideas involve water and dirt. In the invitation, ask parents to bring along rain gear and/or a change of clothes.

Your party will begin with painting and end with planting. In between there will be gardening and racing... and, of course, cake and ice cream.

Here's the first (and last) activity. The other three are at

Plant a Party Favor

  • Small terra-cotta pots and saucers
  • Non-toxic permanent acrylic paint
  • Brushes and water cups for rinsing
  • Small hand spades or sand shovels
  • Potting soil
  • Small stones or pebbles for drainage
  • Fast-growing seeds (beans or sunflowers)
  • Have the kids use their creativity to paint the outside of the flower pots.
  • When the pots are dry, have the children place a small handful of pebbles in the bottom for drainage and then fill the pots with soil.
  • Plant one or two seeds in each pot and cover with a little soil. For sunflowers, seeds should be planted about ½-inch deep.
  • Water and add additional soil if necessary.
  • Remind kids to give their plants plenty of sun and water.

Have you put out your hummingbird feeder yet? Do it now. Remember, one part sugar and four parts water is all you need. NO red dye is necessary to attract the little hummers to your Georgia porch or garden.


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