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#11 – Go flower picking {52 outdoor activities}

{52 outdoor activities} is a series featuring a unique idea for each week of the year to inspire you and your kids to get outside for some fun.clippersWhen I was visiting C’s classroom last week, I noticed the flower arranging tray and started thinking how much this would be  awesome activity for us at home.  So I gave her some clippers.

off to find moreAnd set her loose in the yard.  To find whatever flowers she liked.  She had to stop to examine all our vases and pick out which ones she would use.

the flowersSome of her selections.  We have a decent variety of flowers in our yard, but I guess you could also go flower picking in a more public area, if you were careful and considerate.

hydrangea bloom

Our hydrangea bushes are huge and full of blooms, so this one is in a vase on our kitchen table right now.

flower picking

First arrangement!  C took a lot of pride in finding locations around our house to display her blooms.  It would also be really nice to pick flowers and then share them with a neighbor.


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First Strawberries!

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The strawberrries are one of our first garden successes this year.  I heartily recommend strawberries for growing with kiddos.  They are fairly low maintenance and not prone to bugs.  And who doesn’t love strawberries?  Plus, you plant them one year and they come back for several more.

I planted 3 strawberry plants last year.  They spent all their energy sending out runners (that’s how they make new strawberry plants) so they filled up the entire 8 feet by 4 feet raised bed. So, I didn’t get but a few actual berries last year.

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A month or so ago, they were covered little white flowers. That bodes well for them to give us a real nice crop – and I haven’t done anything for them but sprinkle a little fertilizer!

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Now, we’re just checking everyday for these babies to ripen! While these are hanging out for us to see, there’s plenty hidden under the leaves, which makes a very satisfying scavenger hunt for older kids (and grown-ups too)!