Something for the little ones

After months of lockdown it’s time to celebrate the gloriously balmy weather with some seriously creative outdoor activities for your children on Garden Day, Sunday, 9 May.

Garden Day, created by Candide Gardening, the website that encourages everyone to break new ground in the garden, is celebrating the life-enhancing power of green spaces with flower-filled activities for the young, and the young at heart. These garden-inspired craft projects will keep children busy and connect them to nature, giving you the ideal opportunity to clear your schedule and spend a summer day making memories with your little ones in the garden.

Make a bonnet with blooms

Photo credit: @geradewet

Help your children make colourful bonnets with flowers fit for a spring celebration. Let them find and pick their favourite flowers, help them play around and plan a design, then see them beam with pride when they wear their own creations.

You’ll need

  • A summer hat with a wide brim
  • A length of wide ribbon in any colour
  • Florist wire, raffia or twine
  • Fresh flowers from your garden

Photo credit: @geradewet

Instructions

  • Cut a variety of your favourite flowers, herbs, and twigs from your garden. Go for different colours and sizes, and remember to leave a longer stem. Help your children handle the secateurs, they are very sharp!
  • To find a design your children like, play around with the flowers and greenery by making small bunches and arranging them in a row.
  • Cut some stems shorter and leave others long to give the spring bonnet a whimsical look.
  • Tie your flowers onto the ribbon with florist wire, raffia or twine.
  • And finally, tie the ribbon with your flower design around an old wide-brimmed summer hat to create a beautiful spring bonnet, ideal for a garden party.

Share your works of art with us on social media, tagging #GardenDayUK

Photo credit: @geradewet

Create a flowery butterfly

Photo credit: @ndibambe

Go on a treasure hunt around your garden to collect flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colours for this Garden Day-inspired butterfly project. Keep your little ones busy collecting, cutting, drawing and sticking, as they make a beautiful work of art to celebrate spring.

You’ll need

  • Cardboard offcuts
  • White paper and a marker, or a printout of a butterfly
  • A stick of glue
  • Flowers and twigs from the garden
  • Child-friendly scissors
  • An assortment of bowls or containers
  • A butterfly or bug outline that you can download here

Photo credit: @ndibambe

Instructions

  • Collect flowers in all colours and sizes from your garden. Download Candide, a garden community app, to help your kids identify the different names of the flowers they collect. Candide is free for download from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
  • Help your children cut petals and put them in various bowls. These will be used to decorate the butterfly wings.
  • Use a black marker to help your child draw an outline of a butterfly on the blank paper, or find one online and print it out.
  • Stick the paper onto a cardboard offcut, large enough to accommodate the outline.
  • Help your children choose and stick the petals to decorate the wings in their own unique style.
  • Use leftover pieces of cardboard to create more flower patterns.

Photo credit: @ndibambe

Share your works of art with us on social media, tagging #GardenDayUK

For more inspiration follow @GardenDayUK on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Candide and TikTok. To join in on Tiktok, simply use the hashtag #GardenYay and show us how you are preparing for the big day.

Win!

Share photos and clips of your celebrations using the hashtag #GardenDayUK. The best of the bunch stand a chance of winning one of ten National Garden Gift vouchers, valued at £100 each.

Visit www.gardenday.co.uk for tips and tricks on how to celebrate Garden Day at home, discover live and online events and view a range of how-to videos.