Gardens are wonderful spaces, which is why we’re encouraging everyone, no matter how young or old, to enjoy them this Garden Day (Sunday 10 May). Here are some ways to help your children to connect with nature and find pride in growing their own plants, flowers and food in the lead up to and on Garden Day.
Make a mask
Click here, select a printable bunny, fox or owl mask, download and print it on A4 white paper, cut out the creature and attach elastic to create a mask.
Make flower crowns together
It’s really easy to make crowns with fresh flowers and greenery from your garden:
- Choose your flowers…a single variety used en masse is most effective.
- Assist your kids with the tools needed: secateurs, florist’s wire and rope.
- Create small posies by tying bunches of blooms together with wire.
- Attach the posies to rope by facing stems in the same direction, overlapping as you go.
- Leave the ends of the rope clear for an easily adjustable crown size.
Herbs and leaves can be tasted and used in recipes for your Garden Day celebration. Experiment and explore the many unique and delicious flavours in your garden by getting everyone to select one edible root, stem, leaf, flowers, fruit or seeds for your meal.
Draw an insect
Encourage kids to draw an insect, bird or animal before it scampers off.
Make a wormery
Layer a see-through glass container with soil and sand, add leaves for food, then find worms in your garden and place them in their temporary home. Watch them tunnel into the ground, and then release them back into your garden.
Plant some seeds
Give each child a small area of your garden where they can grow their own plants. Candide, a free gardening app that connects gardeners with fellow plant lovers, can assist you when deciding on which plants to grow. Candide is free for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Garden scavenger hunt
Give children a list of objects in your garden, and a prize for the first child to find everything.
Build a den
Use branches and leaves to build a hideaway to observe nature in your backyard. Who knows what animal will pop past?
View the heavens in your garden on a clear night, and hopefully spot a planet or wish on a shooting star.
Watch birds fly, sing, chat and eat in your garden. Just be sure not to frighten or startle them.
Create twig frames
Look around your garden for twigs, seed pods and flowers to create your own wood frame.
Make seed bombs
Let your kids make mud, then help them add seeds and shape into balls. Place these on a tray and leave them in the sun to harden before planting these seed bombs in your garden.