Digging in Coffee Grounds - Putting Those Used Grounds to Use


Digging in Coffee Grounds

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I love being able to reuse things, in unique ways; from crafting and creating, the challenge of taking nothing and making it something is fun.

At my home, I consume a little bit of coffee-caffeine and a whole lot of Jesus to fuel my mornings, so I can be homeschool-mom-ready.

Once my espresso brews or we pour the last of the cold brew, we save all our used coffee grounds for our gardening (check out my article; How Does Your Garden Grow… with Coffee Grounds); one day, as I was getting ready to take my bowl full of grounds out to the garden, I had a fun idea come to mind.

We were going to plant our garden soon, and studying gardening over the next couple weeks, so I grabbed one of our empty white bins and dumped the grounds in it, added a few plastic flower pots, a mini backhoe and a few spoons, and the kiddos went to town. The house smelled wonderful, it is easy to clean up (I toss it in the garden), and the kiddos had a blast.

It’s still a little cool where we live, so even though we got out our sand and water table, we aren’t quite ready to play with water yet; so to keep the kiddos entertained and add a little fun to the table (plus take the mess outside), I added the coffee grounds to the sand side of the table with some gardening tools, a backhoe, dump truck, and a few other things. The kiddos are loving it and so are their imaginations.

So next time you have some coffee grounds, cool and dry them, and give them to the kids to engage in some imaginative play. (Keep an eye on the kiddos, so they don’t eat the grounds, even though they are a food item; no one needs a caffeinated toddler).


Abi (a little bit crazy) Frazee, is a sort of newish, homeschooling momma with three little crazy Frazees. Abi, her husband, Justin & kiddos reside in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and enjoy spontaneous field trips. Abi has a BA in Early Childhood Education, a MS in Special Education, and is a Certified Labor Doula; she uses her education, with past and present experiences to cultivate a love of learning & sharing. Love, Learn, Have Faith, Smile (& drink coffee!)


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