Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Gardening Activities for Young Children

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Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s a great time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors with your little ones. No matter the size of your garden, there are plenty of activities which you can enjoy with your children, which are fun but also have a hidden educational element!

Planting seeds

This can be done inside or outside, and there are so many options to choose from. Windowsills and hanging baskets are great for growing herbs and tomatoes, and carrots, spinach and lettuce are really easy to grow in pots outside on a patio. It’s such a rewarding task when your produce has grown and you get to pick it, and hopefully encourage your children to taste it! Be warned, you will have to be patient with the ‘has it grown yet’ questions for a few weeks!

You could also experiment with planting a small area of wildflowers to encourage bees and other insects to visit your garden. This is perfect for shady areas or patches of unused grass, such as underneath a climbing structure.

Dig, dig, dig

Give a kid a spade and they will dig! It’s best to allocate a specific area where digging is allowed, or you may find your prize roses being excavated. For really young ones, it can be easier to fill a large plant pot with loose soil and let them dig in there. Once the digging has commenced, there are lots of follow-on activities to try out:
  • Transferring mud or stones from one area to another, try this with different sized pots 
  • Testing what happens when you add water to the mud, and making mud pies 
  • Playing hide and seek with small toys (Playmobil is great for this) 
Different textures

If you can, try to incorporate a variety of textures into your garden so that your child can investigate the differences between them. Stones, pebbles, wood chippings and dried leaves are all brilliant and don’t have to be expensive.

Child-sized wheelbarrows are brilliant for encouraging coordination and balance, especially if you load them up with more and more things to transport. You can even make it into a game if you’re clearing leaves or plant cuttings, and get your child to help move them! A stationary wheelbarrow also makes a great container for things found in the garden, or for mixing up mud and water.

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