Earth Day is Wednesday and this weekend I did a fun project with the kids to give us an opportunity to talk about it. I have been seeing adorable, little succulent plants all over the place (even in CVS, random) and I love them! Then I read that they don’t need much water and are practically indestructible, which sounds like the perfect plant for me and my crazy kids.
I took Hudson with me to Home Depot where we talked about the different types of plants they had. Many of the flowers had instructions posted, so we talked about which plants would be best for us. We wanted something that looked nice on our patio table, but we didn’t want a plant that needed a lot of water. Hudson originally wanted to do a succulent/cactus mix, after he found some ‘super soft cactus’ that he convinced me to ‘pet’ after he did it. Well, soon after we did this we realized our hands were stinging and we had tiny strings of cactus stuck all over. (How the heck was I supposed to know that?? My husband got a real kick out of our story when we got home…) So we selected our plants and headed home.
The kids and I went outside to build our centerpiece. I got the white planter at the dollar store. First, we filled the pot with soil, then took the succulents out of their individual pots. I let the kids do this, and let me tell you, these little plants are TOUGH. They smashed the succulents into place, and I filled in the areas that needed it with more soil. Then I let the kids set everything with some water. (thank you dollar store for that cute little plastic watering can, that is now a pool toy favorite) And boom, we were done! So cute and so easy. (and cheap!) I will let you know how long they stick around for.
|I love how it turned out!|
I also wanted to teach the kids some more about Earth Day. So I hopped on my Intel Acer Tablet and we searched for Earth Day projects, videos and ideas. I found a great website that you can type in details on where you live and specs of your home and they give you a list of things you can do to conserve energy, water and more! Hudson has been trying little things we learned, like turning off the water when he brushes his teeth… and remembering to switch off his fan and lights in his room when he leaves for school.
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