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We all love to watch flowers shoot out of the ground when spring arrives after a long winter. They are the first confirmation that nice weather is on its way. Wouldn't it be great if spring could be present in your daycare all year? Read on to find out how perpetual spring can be possible.
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Planting bulbsHave children deposit a thin layer of tiny rocks or pebbles in the bottom of each pot before adding potting soil on top. They can press a bulb in the soil, making sure the pointy tip is placed upwards. When they are done, they can cover the bulb with more potting soil. Read package instructions to know how deep the bulbs must be planted and how much space must be left between the bulbs if you are planting several in the same pot. Set the pots in a refrigerator for 10 weeks, watering them weekly. At the end of the 10-week period, take the pots out of the refrigerator and place them in a well-lit room (with no direct sunlight) for a week or two before finally setting them on a sunny windowsill to watch them flourish.
There you have it. That is how spring can be welcomed into your daycare year-round. Children will enjoy adding their own personal touches to the flower pots and decorating them with a variety of recycled items. Send us pictures!
A piece of advicePlant a few bulbs every week so that there will always be some that are ready to flourish. Keep in mind that any unused bulbs must be stored in a dry area.
A great present for parents: a water hyacinthVisit your local nursery to find vases that are designed for hyacinths and their bulbs. They are usually inexpensive. You can even purchase these vases at the dollar store. Fill the bottom of each vase with water. Deposit a bulb in the upper section of the vases. The water mustn't touch the bulbs. Check the water level regularly. Set the vases on a windowsill.
Learning funThere are so many simple ways to explore bulbs with children:
Claudine RichardEarly childhood educator
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