What Can Kids Do?
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At Habitat we like to include everyone in the process of building a home with a partner family but unfortunately there are some thing that kids can't participate in due to safety laws. So I decided to post some ideas for kids to participate in the building process while following our safety guidlines. So get out your tools and roll up your sleeves kids and make sure mom or dad is there to help!
Wood Pieces: (Beginning with a board measuring, 5 1/2" wide, 3/4" thick, and at least 4 1/2' long)
- One 9" piece
- One 6 1/2" piece
- Two 8" pieces
- Two 10" pieces
- One 7" piece
- Drill (1/4" bit)
- Small, 1 1/2" long, galvanized nails
- Screw in hanging hook
- Small and Large Paint Brushes
- Outdoor Varnish
Design supplies (optional)
- Carbon Paper
- Seed Packet Design Pattern
- Have the wood cut into pieces at the hardware store where you purchase it or cut it yourself into the measurements given above.
- Next, cut 3/4" off the long side of one of the 10" pieces.
- Also, to form the top of the birdhouse, find the top and center of each of the 8" pieces. (The top and center would be the center of the 5 1/2" side)
- For each 8" piece, using the protractor, lightly draw two 45 degree angles, starting from the top and center point.
- Cut along the angle lines. These are now the front and back of the birdfeeder.
- Take the front piece and make a small mark on the lower right corner, 1" from the bottom and 1" from the side.
- Take the back piece and make a small mark on the lower left corner, 1" from the bottom and 1" from the side.
- Using the 1/4" drill bit, drill a hole about 1/2" deep into the wood at each of the marks.
- Paint all the wood. (10" pieces are for the roof. Our birdhouse was done in Satin Creme with a Navy roof.)
- Nail the front piece to the side (6 1/2" piece) as shown in Step #1. (the side wall goes inside the front)
- Place the 7" dowel into the hole.
- As you align the back piece to the side, carefully slip the other end of the dowel into the hole.
- Nail the back piece to the side piece as shown in Step#2.
- Arrange the wall assembly onto the bottom (9") so that the back is even with the bottom edge and there is an extra 1" in the front. Step #3.
- Nail in place.
- Nail the small roof piece onto the backside of the birdfeeder. Step #4 (Make sure that the edge at the top is flush with the angle for the front side.)
- Nail the large roof piece onto the front side of the birdfeeder. Step #5 (There should be a point formed at the top of the birdhouse as shown.)
- Paint over the nails.
- To use our design, click on the link in the materials list above.
- Using carbon paper and a pencil, transfer the design onto the front, side, and back of the bird feeder.
Colors used are as follows:
Sunflower Seed Packet
- Packet - Hunter Green
- Flower Center - Brown
- Flower Petals - Yellow/Satin Creme
- Name - Satin Creme
Forget-Me-Not Seed Packet
- Packet - Light Beige
- Leaves & Stems - Medium Green w/Dark Green Lines
- Flower Petals - Baltic Blue
- Flower Centers - Satin Creme
- Name - Satin Creme
Pumpkin Seed Packet
- Packet - Brandy Wine
- Pumpkin - Georgia Clay/Satin Creme (Ribs Highlighted with a lighter mixture)
- Stem - Brown
- Vine - Medium Green
- Name - Satin Creme
- Wings - White
- Sunflower Seed Packet
- Screw a hanging hook into the top, hang the birdfeeder outside, place a birdseed block in it, and enjoy!
Thumbelina Zinnia: Zinnias come in all sizes and colors, and they are all planted the same way. We like the Thumbelinas because they are a shorter and smaller variety. You must wait until it is warm outside before you plant the Zinnia seeds. They do not tolerate even a light frost. Plant the seeds 8 to 10 inches apart. You may have to thin the seedlings later if they are too close. Zinnia's like to have space so the air can flow around their leaves. They need lots of sun too, so plant in an area with full sun. If you give them what they need they will grow and bloom until the first frost in the fall. Be sure to cut them for small bouquets as they bloom, and this will help the plant to continue blooming.
Other Easy Flowers
Bachelor's Button: This is also known as a Cornflower. They are easy to grow, but also need lots of sun. Plant them about 6 to 8 inches apart, and one inch deep. When they start blooming make sure you pick off the dead ones so they will bloom until fall. They can be cut and hung to dry to be used in dried flower arrangements.
Borage: This is really an herb, and it needs lots of room, but I wanted to list it in case you had a big pot or a larger sunny spot. One plant needs about 12 inches all the way around. It's leaves are large and it has dainty blue flowers which come up from the center of the leaves. It is edible too! The young leaves can be used in salads and herbal recipes. The flowers can be used as cake decorations.
Moss Roses: These are known as Portulacas. The colors are brilliant, and the plant sets on the ground with the flowers trailing. They do not need care once started; just occasional watering. They work well for containers or window boxes too. After your last frost, prepare your soil by working it so it is loose and sprinkle the seeds on the area you want them to grow. Lightly cover with some extra soil, and water well, but gently. Be sure to mark the area, so you will remember they are planted. They are slow to start, but really take off later! These are great for areas that are rather dry.
All of these varieties are simple to plant and grow, plus they are safe for children. Whether you use pots, window boxes, or small plots of soil, your children will love being involved in the gardening process. The younger you start teaching your children to appreciate the simple beauty of flowers, the more they will learn to care and nurture the earth around them.
For more kid's gardening and activities visit Brenda at The Treehouse.
http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/treehouse.htm where she helps families preserve and create traditions and memories through features, crafts, recipes and projects.