If there is one thing that is true about spring, it's that there are bound to be a few gray and rainy days that make outdoor activities a little more challenging, and indoor fingers a little more fidgety... the perfect time for a garden plant marker activity!
With a few simple supplies, you can make these great customized garden markers to use on the days when the sun decides to show its face again.
You will need: Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors rocks Letter stamps, paintbrushes, or permanent markers indoor/outdoor yellow wood glue paint (optional if you are using markers) beeswax or shellac (optional) These items are what we suggest using to make the plant markers, but please feel free to make substitutions for whatever supplies are the easiest to find. The only important thing is to use indoor/outdoor glue (so they won't fall apart), and to either use a permanent marker or waterproof paint to write on the sticks or seal your work so the letters won't run. We used paint to stamp our letters and sealed them with a little beeswax for some extra protection. Parents should do the sealing unless working with older children, and then adult supervision is still recommended.
The actual creation of the markers is very simple. All you have to do is glue the sticks together in any shape you like and then paint/stamp/draw on your plant names. We also liked using stones we found while out on a walk for some of our markers to mix it up a little. And that's it! Very simple, but still a lot of fun, and helpful for distinguishing those little green shoots that all seem to look alike when they first pop up! Happy Gardening!