In honor of Earth Day, we present three easy ways to green your kitchen counter while giving your kids the dirt on how plants grow.
Connor’s Kits for Kids Plant Pals
Teenage entrepreneur Connor Bernstein started his science-kit biz back in the fourth grade (we give him an A for ambition). His well-written experiment instructions have us talking about things like germination and gravity with our 3-year-olds. Plus, all of the seeds are edible (wheatgrass, alfalfa, and mung beans), so Little Green Jeans can taste what he grows. $18.
Growums Garden Kits
Themed garden kits (taco, pizza, ratatouille, stir-fry, herb, and salad) are packed with tasty vegetable and herb seeds destined for the dinner table. Just place the pellets into a pie dish (they expand when water is added), tag each plant, and in a few days you’ll have seedlings ready for the garden or outdoor container. $10.
Green Toys Planting Kit
The ecofriendly fun gurus get back to their roots (literally) with a plastic pot (made from recycled milk jugs), organic sunflower seeds, a soil disk, and packaging also concocted from recycled and recyclable materials. $6.
And that’s one, er, three to grow on.
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What: Scissor-wielding artist Carol Lebeaux creates a rendition of your tot.
Why: If your munchkin can’t make it, snap a quick profile shot for Lebeaux to work from.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, bldg. 22, Charlestown. To make a reservation (recommended), call 617-426-1812 ext. 146 or email
email@example.com. Suggested donation for museum admission: adults, $4; children, $2. Portrait, $33 and up.
Passover Story Time
What: Hear a few books and embellish a matzo cover with ribbons and buttons.
Why: His masterpiece will be the talk of the seder table.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square (617-499-2000). Participation is free.
Vacation Week Drop-In Activities
What: Plenty of projects to keep them busy, including tying sailing knots and spinning wool.
Why: Mini nobles create royal coats of arms.
When: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Bostonian Society, 206 Washington St. (617-720-1713). Adults, $7.50; children, $3; under 6, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Kits for Kids