Messy kid fun can be had gardening when snow is still on the ground by planting amaryllis bulbs. Amaryllis bulbs grow fairly quickly and they generally flower less than a month from planting so it’s a great gardening experience for children.
- boxed amaryllis bulbs which come complete with plastic pot and compressed planting medium (if you have loose amaryllis bulbs, then you will need potting mix and 4-6″ diameter planting pot and a saucer to catch water). Amaryllis bulbs are seasonally available in the fall and can be found deeply discounted once Christmas has passed. I found boxed kits for about $1.00 in the clearance aisle of a local retailer after the holidays.
- newspaper to cover table for easy clean up
- large kid-friendly spoon or sand tool for moving mix from bowl to pot
- water (I use the sink sprayer) to water the planted bulbs right after planting