Gardening is the perfect way to get kids excited about digging in the dirt. There are so many great lessons that kids (and adults too) can learn in the garden. Everything from how plants grow to patience and perseverance. Last year the kids decided they wanted to earn some extra money to purchase a trampoline. After some discussion on what they could do, they decided to try their hand at Starting Seeds and then selling the plants.
As parents we made the decision that we would not simply purchase larger items for our kids, but teach them how to earn the money to buy it on their own. Teaching kids the value of money is so important. It sounds crazy that 3 kids 5, 7 and 9 could earn enough money to purchase a trampoline all on their own. However, with guidance, encouragement and a few frugal ideas they can do it!
This step is unnecessary if you are purchasing new seeds.
The kids found some seed packets in the basement and asked if they could have them. Since I didn’t know how old the seed packets were, We decided to see if they would germinate before planting them. The kids followed the same technique that we used in our Seed Sprouting Prediction experiment.
We lined the lid of a clear plastic bin with moist paper towels and lined up all the seeds on the paper towel. This was a bit of a slow process, but since the kids were putting more than one type of seeds in a bin we didn’t want a mix up.
The above picture is on our Re-growing Celery post, but our seed greenhouse is constructed in the same way. I love finding frugal solutions using items that we already have. These little green houses work great, and I love that we did not have to purchase anything to make them.
Place your little green houses in a warm sunny location. Make sure you are checking on the seeds often so they don’t dry out. The kids sprayed them with water in the morning before school and then again when they got home from school.
Once the seeds started sprouting, the kids placed them into little Dixie cups. They planted 2 seeds in each cup. Make sure to poke a hole in the bottom of the cups for water drainage. The kids discovered this the hard way after a huge rain storm. They were able to rescue all their little plants, but it was a bit of a mess. Oh well, good lesson to learn for next time:)
I mentioned this was my kids project to work toward purchasing a trampoline. I think when counted up they had over 1,000 plants to sell! They were able to do most of the work, and I was surprised at how well everything grew for them.
Everyone so supportive of the kids. They sold their plants to neighbors, friends, family and then finally they set up a little table at our garage sale. All the plants sold, which was incredible.
In the end after all the plant sold and a few of other money making ventures they were able to purchase the trampoline. There were so many skills the kids learned along the way that they never would have learned if we would have just bought the trampoline for them.
I would love to hear how you are encouraging your kids to earn money and any tips you have.