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I have pretty much always had a stash of Dum Dums lollipops on hand – you can find them in my purse too. (And let me take a moment to say thank you to Dum Dums and Spangler Candy for helping me survive many grocery shopping trips with my kids over the years. Give them a lollipop, I get to focus for a few minutes.) They’re small, sweet, and the perfect little pick-me-up with 16 delicious flavors plus that bonus mystery flavor (what IS that flavor?!). Everyone loves these lollipops! Dum Dums is celebrating The Magic of Spring and when they asked me to join the party, I was all YES, PLEASE!
We’ve had an ugly winter here with freezing cold temps that have trapped us in the house for too many days. I’m all about celebrating warmer weather, flowers blooming, and the hint of summer around the corner.
We got a fun little kit from Dum Dums which anyone can create for just a few bucks – something I love about this. It’s EASY and totally inexpensive, yet so, so fun. With it we created a Dum Dums lollipop garden!
Here are the simple directions to grow your own lollipop garden. In short, the kids plant ‘magic’ jelly beans and overnight they sprout into lollipops! Isn’t it so fun? And EASY, right?! I was really hoping we could get outside to do this. I have tons of bulbs planted around the house but the snow is back again (go away winter, will ya?). We didn’t let that stop us, though, and instead planted our garden in my daughter Lily’s fairy garden.
The kids had so much fun hiding jelly beans everywhere!
She might be reading the jelly beans a story. 😉
In a Magic of Spring garden, yes, lollipops can grow out of the windows!
In the end, our garden looked something like this. I made a video of the kids putting this together plus their reaction to waking up to see what grew!
How to Grow a Dum Dums Lollipop Garden
They crack me up! We had so much fun doing this together!
‘Growing’ the lollipops was a nighttime job for the two worker bees around here (that’s Mommy and Daddy). Even though the garden is really meant to be more of a fun activity for the kids, we had a bunch of good laughs finding the best places for these lollipops after the kids went to bed.
And in the morning, ta da! Even the tree shot out a few lollipops!
That jelly bean that Leo planted in the mailbox blossomed after all. See? Magic!
We’ve left all the Dum Dums in the fairy garden and the kids grab one to eat once in a while. They usually ask me first but I did find an empty wrapper in Lily’s lunch bag yesterday. I might sneak one here and there too. 😉
We had SO much fun creating our garden together. This is definitely going to be a new springtime tradition for our family. Not only did we have a memorable, fun experience working on it together, but it’s such a great way to get in the spirit to get outside, garden, and just enjoy all the newness of spring.
You can see how easy this is to do with your own kids. I hope you’ll give it a try and make some new memories, create a new tradition with your kids!
Follow along with all the springtime fun from Dum Dums on their The Magic of Spring website, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see even more creative projects! (I found the most adorable crafts on their YouTube channel too!)