Anyone else rejoicing that it is lighter in the mornings and still light at 4.30 after school. It feels that this winter has been a long one and that we are finally coming out the other side. With half term hiding just around the corner we thought it was time to focus on what you could do outdoors. The garden has often been unloved in the winter and now is the time to start getting ready for Spring. Therefore we have put together six creative garden activities for children this half term.
Six Garden Activities for Children This Half Term
- Wrap up warm and go in the garden for nature hunt. Our garden has lots of twigs and bits on the grass. Collect up some twigs and have a go at making a collage or if you are feeling crafty even a hanging mobile. This cleans the garden but keeps little helpers busy too.
- Make a bird feeder to encourage the birds to visit your garden. As a young child I used to enjoy using a coconut shell and mixing up some warm lard with some wild bird food. Allow the mixture to set in your container and hand in the garden for wildlife.
- Use half term to get the garden ready for spring. Clean guttering and tidy borders. Get the children involved as they can wash down decking or the patio with a bucket of warm water and a brush. Mine always enjoyed doing this.
- Develop a little patch in the garden to grow some vegetables. Spring is the time to plant carrots, beetroots and lettuces. Growing veg is a great way for children to learn about the food they eat. It is also a great way to introduce the concept of eating fresh locally produced food.
- Build a Bug House. Bug Houses are easy to build and are a haven for insects. This again will encourage wildlife into your garden. It is a great way for children to learn about habitats and also to be able to observe wildlife.
- Flower pressing or leaf pressing. Collect flowers and press and dry them out. Erin loves making homemade cards and uses dried flowers to make them. Cards are so expensive and homemade ones are really appreciated, made with love and much more personal.
These six ideas are great ways to get the children active in the garden this half term.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.