At this scary and uncertain time, we’re all being told to stay indoors. But that doesn’t mean you and the kids can’t get the creative juices flowing in the safety of your own garden! Getting out and about in your own green space, or even just your back yard, is a great way to ensure the whole family enjoy plenty of fresh air and a change of scenery.
Here are a few ways you can make the most of being outdoors over the coming days and weeks…
LET THEM TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
Give your child their own section in the garden where they can take care of and plant their chosen seeds. It’s a great way to introduce them to gardening and learn about responsibility.
Giving them child-friendly tools, such as a little watering can, a rake or spade, helps them become more independent.
It’s important to start small! Think quick-sprouting seeds such as cress and lettuce. We all know how impatient little ones can be, so waiting around for a long period of time to see their hard work pay off is not going to go down well.
Starting small and working up to bigger projects is a great way to teach them the art of patience. Why not give it a go!
Explore the garden with your senses. Any parent will understand that keeping clean is never at the top of their child’s agenda, but that’s why gardening is the perfect activity – getting messy is encouraged!
Going back to basics and being at one with nature is a great way to stimulate your child’s senses of touch, sight, taste, sound and smell. Roll up their sleeves and tell them to get stuck in, feeling the different types of plants and bushes, smelling the different types of flowers and tasting the carrots you’ve been watching grow for weeks!
BECOME THE STUDENT
Letting the children educate the adults is not only fun for them, but very educational too!
Keep their brains ticking over by asking them questions throughout playtime, asking them to guide you through what they’re doing and encouraging them to share their opinions. Ask how long the plants will take to grow, what they might look like and how often they need to be watered.
KEEP THEM INTERESTED
Planting the seeds is the fun part, but watching them grow is the difficult part!
While it’s super exciting to see the final results, the waiting period can be long – that’s when children can become bored!
While their seeds are growing, it’s important to check on them daily and recording how often you’re watering them. In between, why not try singing songs, making up stories and drawing pictures of what their plants are going to look like. It’ll keep them hooked!
So, dig out some old clothes and head out into the garden!
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