Hello friends! I have the absolute cutest DIY kid craft for you. It’s also perfect and just in time for Spring.
I hosted a Beech-NutⓇ Naturals™ get together in my home, and it was so much fun! Beech-NutⓇ Naturals™ sent us a ton of complementary product, coupons, recipe cards, baby food jar koozies, and more!
I have personally used Beech-NutⓇ Naturals™ for my own children, and wanted to share that with other parents, as well as just enjoy some adult time while our kids played.
As a food allergy mom, I love that the ingredients are simple, inspired by homemade, and the website has great allergy information. It’s made with real fruits and vegetables, just like you would use at home. Only ingredients a baby could pronounce. Organic options are available and it’s 100% natural, nothing artificial.
We played BINGO, tasted the different varieties of flavors, had lots of goodies for the mom’s to stuff in their goodie bags, and we even upcycled the baby food jars from the taste testing, and potted baby food jar gardens!
The upcycled baby food jar potted gardens were the hit of the party. Even the littlest of babies there, with moms assistance, pushed their little seeds into the soil. It was absolutely adorable!
We watered our seeds and in just a week, we had the cucumber sprouting, followed by the carrots, and then the cilantro. We are still waiting for the daisy’s to sprout. My kids love coming into our laundry room where the jars are set on a shelf near the window, and seeing the progress and growth of their garden each day.
Upcycled Baby Food Jar Potted Gardens DIY Kid Craft
Baby food jars, rinsed and dried
Soil or dirt from the store or your yard
Seeds from packets or rinsed and dried out from fruit and veggies in your home
Popsicle sticks & markers (optional) to mark your gardens
After our taste testing, we rinsed the baby food jars and dried them out. They don’t need to be perfectly dry, as you will be adding water to your gardens once the seeds are planted anyways.
Next, we used spoons to fill the baby food jars with gardening soil. You can use your hands just as well.
Finally, you have a couple options for seeds. You can save seeds from the very fruits and veggies you are currently eating in your home. For example, just pull the seeds from bell peppers, watermelons, or other produce. Rinse them in your sink and set them out to dry. Then you can use those! Alternately, you can use any seeds from store bought packets. This time of year you can find seeds at WalMart, Home Depot, Lowes, and even The Dollar Tree!
I set the seeds out on the table and let the children pick them up and gently push them into the soil. You don’t want them to go more than about 1/4″ into the soil, so they don’t need to push to hard. Then just make sure any uncovered seeds are covered with a little soil.
Now, add just enough water to soak into the soil. You can check your garden daily to see if it needs more water. A little trick to see if you need to water or not, is to gently touch the top of the soil with your finger. If the soil does NOT stick to your finger, you need to water it. If the soil does stick, you can hold off on watering and check again the next day.
Be sure to set your garden near a window that has good sunlight.
An optional activity, is to allow your children to decorate popsicle sticks to label your gardens. This can be as simple as writing the name of the seed on the stick as you can see in our jars. If you have some older children, or children that would enjoy it, you could let them really get into decorating their popsicle sticks.
Once your plants have shown that they have outgrown the jars, you can transfer them to an outdoor plant pot, or an in-ground garden.