Family fun does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. You can buy a dozen tulip or daffodil bulbs for only a few dollars and it will take only an hour or so to plant them. There is no need for a great deal of preparation. Bulbs are on sale at just about every store so pick some up. For $5 – $10 you can purchase a “bulb planter” which makes things easier, but a shovel or an old tablespoon will do just as well, and it will be more fun and easier for the kids to handle.
Plant them near the door that you use most frequently so that you will be sure to enjoy them. Mark where you want the flowers to be and then set the kids to digging holes. That is a child’s favorite activity anyway, so you should have no problems getting them involved. You might, however, want to explain that this is the ONLY time they are allowed to dig holes in your lawn. Most bulbs only need to be 6 – 8 inches deep. Put the bulbs in with the pointed end up, and cover with soil. The flowers should bring back happy memories every time they bloom for years to come. After the flowers have bloomed, allow the foliage to die back naturally. This allows the bulb to form another flower for the following year. If you cut it off you will have no flowers the next year. You can plant bulbs up until the ground freezes.
The time you spend together this way will have a double result. You will have beautiful flowers blooming in the spring, and your children will also “bloom” with the extra time and attention from you.