I love watching kids in the garden. They get so excited by the whole process — digging in the dirt (of course!), planting seeds, investigating them as they grow, and finally picking and eating the vegetables they’ve been watching so carefully.

DIY Garden flags to use as seed and garden markers - so easy as a perfect summer craft for kids

So for our book, we read “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert. I love all her books because the simple sentences make great reading for very young children, and for children just learning to read themselves. She has a few garden books, all of them with bright primary colors and fun illustrations of what’s going on above and below the ground as your plants grow.

DIY Garden flags to use as seed and garden markers - so easy as a perfect summer craft for kids

And once we read our book, we made garden flags to keep track of the veggies we planted in our own garden. We used only materials we already had around the house, so it was a fun project that wasn’t too complicated.

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DIY Flag Garden Markers

DIY Garden flags to use as seed and garden markers - so easy as a perfect summer craft for kids

How to Make your Flag Garden Markers

Cut your fabric into flag-sized pieces. We made a few triangle-shaped flags, and a few rectangle-shaped flags.

You can do whatever suits your fancy!

DIY Garden flags to use as seed and garden markers - so easy as a perfect summer craft for kids

Using the Sharpie or fabric markers, have the kids draw vegetables and other designs on their flags.

When they’re finished decorating their flags, thread the embroidery needle and pull the thread through one side of the flag. Tie the ends of the thread together around your twig. Repeat about halfway down your flag, so it’s tied in two places.

DIY Garden flags to use as seed and garden markers - so easy as a perfect summer craft for kids

Put your twig or stick in the garden and let your vegetable flag fly!

You can make these for any vegetables you plant, but you could also make flower flags in the fall or spring to remind you what bulbs you’ve planted. Or you could make decorative flags with colorful designs on them and “plant” them all over your garden!

DIY Garden flags to use as seed and garden markers - so easy as a perfect summer craft for kidsLaura shares kids’ activities, recipes, knitting patterns, and tips for surviving 17-hr road trips on her blog Peace but Not Quiet and on the BabyCenter blog. She loves exploring the outdoors in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and four kids.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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