A fun gardening project for the elderly could include growing sunflowers to make The Sunflower House with their grandchildren

Summer Fun Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: The Sunflower House

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The sunflower houses by Sharon LovejoySpring has definitely sprung and daffodils are smiling at me everywhere. My not-so-green thumb is actually itching to do a bit of digging in the dirt! It's probably because my senior mom is already plotting out what she will be doing with her gardening including planting in a vegetable and herb garden! How about y'all? Do you like to grow your own vegetables and flowers?

A fun gardening project for the elderly could include growing sunflowers to make The Sunflower House with their grandchildren

If you have a bunch of hard-boiled eggs left over from yesterday, you and your grandchildren might enjoy carefully opening them, scooping out the egg, and using the shell to start some vegetable or flower seeds. It makes a cute and colorful beginning to the gardening season.

The sunflower houses by Sharon Lovejoy

Another fun idea I read about years ago that I'm going to try this year with my grandkids? Plant a lot of Sunflower Seeds close together in a square in the back yard. This is one of those fun and educational activities for grandparents and grandchildren as they can enjoy helping us plant them, have fun watching them grow, delight in playing in "the Sunflower House," then giggle happily as we all share the seeds with the birds this fall. Would you believe, there is even a cute kids' book about this, The Sunflower House. I just ordered a copy to share with both sets of my grandchildren. This should be a lot of fun! 🙂

Planting The Sunflower House is one of many fun gardening activities for grandparents and their grandchildren

I've never been great at growing vegetables, though I still keep trying periodically. Roses, camellias, hydrangeas, gardenias, and sunflowers are all plants I have had success with. At least, I've had good success with them on the West Coast and fairly good success with them on the East Coast. I'm looking forward to seeing how they'll do here at our new home.

Summer Fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren can include building The Sunflower House

Are you, your grandkids, or your elderly parents good at gardening? Got any tips for us? We'll keep you posted on how it goes here with our Sunflower playhouse. And for more senior gardening ideas along with fun activities for grandparents and their granchildren along with ideas for other Sandwich Generation issues…

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  1. Summer Fun Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: The Sunflower House http://bit.ly/bQ402C

  2. RT @gardeningguru: Summer Fun Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: The Sunflower House http://bit.ly/bQ402C

    • Bill
    • April 7, 2010

    I have been reading SandwichINK for a while now and I really appreciate your posts. You always have good ideas grandparents and kids.

    I work on a nationwide eldercare blog and we often discuss similar issues. But, I really appreciate your take on the subject, always sunny. Always hopeful.

    Much appreciation,
    Bill
    http://www.rightathome.net/seniorhomecare

  3. Hi Bill, Thanks for writing and for the words of encouragement! I enjoyed visiting your site as well. It looks like a great resource for all of us dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents! 🙂

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