Fun Summer Ideas
It is our hope that all of you have been able to enjoy the beautiful weather we have been blessed with lately! The first day of summer has come and gone (June 20th), and it feels absolutely wonderful that we can officially say, "Happy Summer Fun Time!"
Looking back at all the plans we had in place this past spring, with the planting and gardening during our kid's events, it is unfortunate they were not able to take place. We look forward to all of these planned events to now happen in the spring of 2021, and will continue to build on this excitement as we truly miss seeing our young gardeners. In the meantime, here are some fun garden/outdoor suggestions to do together this summer to make this season extra special for you and your kids! Stay healthy, active, safe...and have fun!
Summer Outdoor Learning/Garden Related Activities......
FIND INTEREST IN PLANT NAMES-Look around your flower gardens and containers and research how certain plants got their names (ex. Dusty Miller, Monkshood, Foxglove).
PERSONALIZE THEIR GARDEN-Get creative with materials you have on hand and make a garden sculpture or scarecrow and give it a name. Have fun changing the look of the art piece as the seasons change (hats, props, plants for summer, fall, etc.).
ENJOY MAKING AN HERBAL SUMMER COOLER-Grow mint and a few other herbs in your garden or containers to enjoy these summer drinks:
--Mint Lemonade ingredients: 2 cups boiling water, 1 cup mint and lemon balm leaves, 2 to 4 Tbsp. honey (to taste), juice of one lemon
Crush or cut up mint and lemon balm leaves. Place on the bottom of a quart pitcher or cooler. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the leaves and add honey. Let steep for 15 minutes. Stir vigorously, remove the leaves (or strain them off), add the juice of a lemon, and fill the container with ice cubes. Garnish with sprigs of mint.
--Raspberry Mint Soda ingredients: 1 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup fresh mint, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 cups raspberries, juice of 1 lemon, seltzer water
Pour boiling water over mint. Steep 10 minutes; strain. In saucepan, bring mint water to boil with sugar. Puree raspberries with the mint syrup and lemon juice. Press this mixture through a tight strainer or sieve; cool. Pour 3 Tbsp. raspberry-mint mixture into a glass with ice. Fill with seltzer water.
MAKE AREAS OF DISCOVERY AND FUN-Create hide-outs of trellises or arbors covered with vines. Bamboo poles or larger thick sticks can be tied up tee-pee style and act as a fun place to play!
MAKE A CREATIVE CONTAINER GARDEN-Go on a hunt for an old toy or object no longer used. Make sure you add drainage and a material rich soil to make a fun planter out of it. Have a contest to see who can create the most unique finished project!
Note: Gardens are magical places! Continue to have all of you use your imaginations in the months ahead and make the most of your extra time at home together to ensure that this will be a summer to always look back on with fondness!
ALSO.....For your enjoyment here is a picture of Buddy, sliding in to summer fun, and a video of Ebert's own Jake "The Juggler" Mertins doing an outstanding job of juggling (one of his many hidden talents!)
Can't wait to see you all soon!
Your friends at Ebert's Greenhouse Village
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Spring Coloring Contest
Every year Ebert's hosts a coloring contest for kids ages 2-10. Please stop by the Gift Shoppe to pick up a copy or print out the attached document and following the directions.
Jake the Juggler
Jake demonstrates some juggling tricks and techniques that you can practice at home.