It’s National Children’s Gardening Week! So with that in mind and seeing all the lovely gardens on display at Chelsea last week and watching the Cambridge’s playing in the Duchess of Cambridge’s back to nature garden, it has motivated me to share with you how we have been getting the children involved in gardening activities this month. We are lucky to have a good outdoor space at our house, but being a property that is rented through Dougie’s employment, we haven’t done much gardening with it yet. So I decided that this year we would make a few cheap changes to the large area of grass and make it more fun and enticing for little gardeners and for myself. I have heard that gardening is a really good mindful activity to do and as we love to be outside, I thought it a great activity to share with the little ones. I’m also keen to provide a little nature haven at the same time as planting, so I have included some ideas on that at the end of this post. Some of these gardening ideas can even be done with a small outdoor space, park or even a windowsill, so don’t dismay if you haven’t got a garden in your own home or many tools.
This post does have a mixture of gifted items that’s we received in exchange for a review and some of our own ideas that are inexpensive activities to do.
This for my kids is the best part- Pop wellies and old clothes on your littles and find a patch in the garden or give them a pot and let them turn the mud over and fill pots with compost. Let them play about with a spade and then this extends the gardening activity. It also gives you a bit of time to do your own gardening. My youngest has a really sweet garden trug with some handy tools and so she loves carrying this around the garden. If you’re new to gardening then a beach spade or even a large kitchen spoon will do.
This is a great way to get kids interested in starting gardening, as mine love to make little homes and encourage nature into the garden. So it’s another way to extend their learning and get them involved in being helpful to habitats and the environment.