If you love your garden and want to pass your green-fingered nature on to your kids, spring is the perfect time to do so. With flowers flourishing and wildlife returning in abundance, the whole family can enjoy the garden this time of year.
To help you get your brood enthusiastic about gardening, we’ve put together a few ideas on the things you can do to make gardening fun for your kids this spring.
Make Your Own Compost
Crafting your own compost may not sound the most exciting of tasks, but it will motivate your kids to take a more active role in recycling, as well as teach them some essential garden science – like the growth and decay cycle. To make your own compost, you’ll need a lidded compost bin, plant and kitchen waste, as well as some fresh soil. The good thing about DIY composting is that it’s an on going process that the kids will love to keep track of throughout the year.
Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own vegetables will not only teach youngsters about plant life cycles, it’ll demonstrate the importance of practical gardening and give them a good attitude to grow-your-own from an early age. Spring is the perfect time for planting vegetables such as lettuce, spring onion, tomato and rocket, and all you need to get them growing is a plot of good soil, some compost and a watering can. As with composting, growing your own vegetables is a long-term project that requires plenty of involvement.
Get to Know Your Garden’s Creepy Critters
Creepy crawlies have a bad rep among the young, partly because of a general lack of knowledge. To prove to your children there’s nothing to be feared by the friendly neighbourhood bugs, spend some time catching and drawing insects in your garden. To do this, you’ll need a jar, a magnifying glass and some paper. Catch a range of different insects and have your kids describe their basic structure before setting them free. Studying insects in this way will increase your child’s understanding of the wildlife in your garden; just be sure to avoid stinging and biting insects like wasps, bees and ants.
Introduce Your Children To Different Scents
Gardens aren’t just pretty to look at; they affect all of our senses, particularly the sense of smell. Introducing young children to the different aromas around your garden can help them develop a good sense of smell, as well as further develop their appreciation of the natural world. Guide children on a scent trail around your garden, stopping off at various plants and flowers. Once you’ve done this, cover their eyes and see if they can identify which plant is which.
For more fun and informative ways to get your kids excited about your garden, visit the All Round Fun homepage today, or contact our friendly team on 0800 043 0437.
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