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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Cure for Kids’ Cabin Fever

Cure for Kids’ Cabin Fever

Now that Old Man Winter has been around for awhile, your children may be going stir crazy with cabin fever. If you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained, why not do a little gardening? Gardening in winter you say? Why not! Give these indoor gardening activities a try.

Plant a windowsill herb garden. Not only will kids enjoy caring for the plants and watching them grow, the whole family will savor the fresh herbs at dinnertime!

Make a terrarium. Help your kids put a few inches of soil in the bottom of a quart-size or larger glass jar and plant a few mosses and small plants. Rocks may be added for decoration. Use a plant mister to keep the soil moist, and cover with clear plastic wrap.

Paint flower pots. Let kids personalize terra cotta pots using kid-safe paints, then use them for houseplants, or give as gifts to family members.

Build a birdhouse and feed the birds. Building a birdhouse is simple and fun using kits available at garden centers and craft stores, or make one from scratch. Hang the feeder outside, and help your children learn the different types of birds that visit.

Prepare for spring. Let your child help plan your spring garden and pick out seeds at the garden store. Start seeds indoors in small containers or an egg carton, and watch them sprout. The young plants can be transplanted outdoors after the last frost.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.