Beans are an excellent crop for kids to be able to plant. Last year, I just gave them each a handful of beans and directed them to a garden bed. We ended up with clumps of bean plants, which still grew, but we can do better this year.
I decided that they could make their own bean plant spacing rulers. Very simple, and easy for the kids to follow. Here is what we did:
Step 1: I measured out lines, 3 inches apart. I wanted to plant the beans somewhat close together, but in two rows. The lines I measured out have arrows pointing opposite directions, every other arrow.
Step 2: The kids each paint the markings on one stick. The markings I made would work just fine, but then the kids could’t paint. Paint always makes things more fun.
Step 3: Decorate. Again, to keep the kids entertained.
Step 4: Mommy goes back and redoes the markings, so that they are easy to see. The kids painting is less than exact, so I help it along so the kids don’t get confused while planting. While I outlined the markings, the kids learned how to make inkblots.
Step 5: Plant!
Here are some measuring stick ideas: