I'm constantly trying to think of ideas to occupy MushyFace and stimulate her mind.
Do you remember when I gave the Jax seal of approval to Rio & Rio 2 just for that reason?
I can only read her so many books and let her paint so many times.
I love to teach her to sip tea and carry her purse like a lady, but even that gets old.
Baking is always fun, but Mushy can only do so much during that activity.
The best part of having an almost two year old is that everything is new and exciting for them!
That's when I started to think about my childhood.
This time of year was known for cleaning out the garden and planting seeds.
We would watch the plants sprout and grow until they were ready to be put in the garden.
All summer long we would care for the garden until we could pick the fruits of our labor.
Then The Viking would teach us to dry out the seeds from our pickings for next year's crop.
While our garden wasn't huge, it was big enough to feed us, teach us, and enjoy.
We may not own a house yet and we may not have a back yard for a garden yet.
But, that doesn't mean that I can't introduce Mushy to the magic of seeds and plants.
I bought a strawberry growing kit that came with seeds, a bucket, miracle dirt, and instructions.
Mushy picked the strawberry kit. Trust me. Both the hubby and I HATE strawberries.
Together we planted the seeds and covered the bucket with plastic wrap.
The plastic wrap helped create our own little greenhouse for our plant babies.
Sure enough, in a very short time, little sprouts poked out of the dirt to say hello.
Although you may not be able to spy the tiny sprouts above, they are in the picture. I swear!
I am not sure what will happen to our strawberry plants.
It's been a little cooler than I expected and some are starting to wither.
Perhaps some will grow strong enough that I could plant in a larger pot and actually get a fruit.
I would love to see Mushy eat a fruit that she grew from a teeny tiny seed.
And, trust me, they were teeny tiny. I wasn't even sure they made it into the dirt!
What activities do you think about a toddler garden?