School holiday gardening
Autumn holidays are here and the sun has come out to play! The intense hot summer days are a thing of the past, and suddenly the kids are finding the backyard garden more appealing than ever. So make the most of the glorious weather and get stuck into some fun gardening activities with the kids - it’s a great way to get them interested in the wonderful world of nature. Here are 5 great kids gardening ideas:
1. Make a gumboot garden
Got any old gumboots lying around? Instead of tossing them in the rubbish, transform them into perfect little pots by growing flowers and herbs in them. A gumboot garden is a brilliant lesson in planting and potting, and a chance to show the kids how creative recycling can produce something quite beautiful and unique. Say goodbye to boring terracotta pots and hello to an original display of fabulous flora!
2. Make retro garden markers
Never be confused about what you’ve planted again, with these funky retro garden markers. The perfect accessory for any veggie patch or floral oasis, these tags are made from recycled plastic and are waterproof and snail proof! As an extra bonus, the kids get a free spelling lesson as part of this spring-tastic gardening activity.
3. Make biodegradable planter pots
For the ultimate in environmentally friendly gardening, teach the kids how to make biodegradable planter pots out of newspaper and twine. With this clever idea, you’ll never have to re-pot any plant, ever again. Once the seeds have sprouted just plant the whole thing, pot and all, into the ground and wait for your garden to flourish.
4. Create a fairy garden
Creating a mystical and magical fairy garden is a fool-proof way to turn toddlers and preschoolers into little green thumbs. Their little faces will light up with joy as they go in search of trinkets and treasures to adorn their fairy garden – and remember anything goes; the more pebbles, shells and paddle-pop-stick houses, the better!
5. Build your own worm farm
Worm farms provide endless hours of fascinating fun for kids, big and small. Not only will this activity teach kids how to look after some of nature's busiest little grubs, but it will also open their eyes to the wonders of science, as they watch the worms turn soil into nutrient-rich fertiliser for all the springtime seeds they have just planted!