Mom transforms high chair into ‘garden’ for a fun sensory activity for her baby

This TikTok parent’s high chair garden is the perfect rainy day activity for babies

TikTok user Kate Bast (@thebastfamily) shares tons of creative parenting hacks on her account. In a recent video, she shared how she made an indoor garden for her toddler to play with. 


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The garden is small enough to fit on the table of a high chair and is made using a material that will definitely surprise you—cereal!

In the video, Kate shows her daughter sitting in a high chair, placing flowers into a small pile of dirt that sits atop the high chair table. The pigtailed toddler is having fun picking up the flowers and rearranging them in different ways.

Next, the crafty parent shows how to make “dirt” for the garden using stale cereal. Kate simply blends up some old cereal in a food processor, then uses the cereal powder as dirt for the high chair garden. 

The final touch is adding flowers or plants. Kate uses a mix of different colored flowers in her video, but creative parents can add whatever plants they like, like spider plants, herbs, or Boston ferns, so long as they’re toddler-safe

Parents who aren’t afraid of a little mess can also place the garden on a table, so the whole family can enjoy it!

‘This is so cute!’

The comments section was blooming with appreciation for the garden hack.

“This is so cute,” exclaimed one TikTok user. 

Another TikToker suggested an interesting alternative to the stale cereal. “I have stale cocoa powder, def gonna do this,” she said. “We may all look a little dirty after but it will smell soooo nice.”

Another was surprised by how realistic the dirt looked, admitting, “I thought this was actually dirt.”

Some scientists recommend cultivating your child’s love of nature from an early age. As kids spend more time inside in front of screens, research shows it’s increasingly important to expose kids to the great outdoors. 

Introducing your baby to the idea of gardening is a great way to start growing their green thumb early on!

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