We are blessed with a gorgeous and very established garden full of beautiful trees (including fruit trees), flowers, birds and at night time, possums and on the odd occasion, bandicoots! I really want to introduce the joys of our garden to Elliott a bit more this coming Autumn and turn our gardens into an outdoor classroom.
It’s so important to get outdoors with the kids, isn’t it? To let them get their hands dirty, appreciate the different colours and textures, learn about the animals and plants and it’s great for the adults too, it’s a great form of time out (my favourite time out is actually going our chicken run and cuddling my chickens).
I’ve put together these kids gardening activities that I just adore and that are on my infamous to-do list. There’s so many great ideas here!
Reuse formula tins as plant pots
I while ago I created this post on ways to reuse formula tins but didn’t include this cool idea! What a lovely way to bring your garden to life with colour and some lovely flowers. The best thing is you don’t have to spend money on numerous plant pots, and….I just happen to have the perfect pole! Find out how to do this at The Endearing Home.
Seedlings in eggshells
This is a fun way to start seedlings and the best thing is that when they’re big enough to plant, you can plant the whole egg into the ground because they will naturally decompose. This is great for us because we have chickens and lots of eggs! You can find out more at Instructables.
Golf ball lady bugs
Well, this idea is going to go down a treat. My parents live on a golf course and my dad has boxes full of old golf balls. Looks like we’re going to have tonnes of little golf ball critters around the garden! Find out how to make them at Art Drops.
Garden ABC Letter Hunt
Elliott is at the stage where he’s giving his ABC’s a bit of a go and I thought this activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning would be a really fun and it can be modified as his ability develops.
Create A Fairy Garden (or Dinosaur garden)
We created this fairy garden in a bathtub a year or so ago now and unfortunately, it’s no longer with us due to a bit of neglect and being walked on by various pets. I’d like to give it another go though, perhaps in a different tub of some sort. I’m sure Elliott would love to have some sort of a dinosaur garden…ROAR!!!
DIY Bird Seed Monogram
We are so lucky to have an abundance of birds at our place. This is seriously so easy to make thanks to The Country Chic Cottage .
DIY Bird Feeder
While we’re on the topic of bird seed, I came across this amazingly easy backyard bird feeder which is so easy for toddlers to put together! I’m doing this one too, we’re going to have all the birds of the neighbourhood at our place soon!
Ok so I’ll admit it, it’s taken a bit of time for me to get used to the whole getting messy part of childhood but now I’m OK with it and want Elliott to get as dirty as possible. He may be a little bit frustrating to have in the kitchen but by all means, he can go crazy making these mud cupcakes in the backyard!
Create a veggie garden
Last year in May Elliott and I created the best ever veggie garden. We got a great crop of beetroot, silverbeet, pak choy, kale, snow peas, spinach and coriander as well as some funny shaped carrots (apparently too much fertiliser can make them go a bit wonky). But, unfortunately, summer came along as well as a long period without rain and the veggie garden died. Now with cooler weather on the horizon, the old veggie garden pulled out and replaced with weed matting and fresh mulch, I am very keen to create a veggie garden again. This is what our garden did look like. You don’t have to be a pro at it, just make sure you do your research on what vegetables go best in sun, shade or part shade and pick the most suitable location in your yard to take into consideration how much sun/shade it receives during the day. This is an awesome way to teach kids where vegetables come from, how they grow and more. You could even try point 1 and start your plants from seedlings now. It’s definitely a cheaper way of growing plants from seeds.
Build a scarecrow
We have some gorgeous birds come into our garden. Many I don’t know the names of, but then there are ones you probably do know like Kookaburras, finches, cockatoos, magpies and rainbow lorikeets. The other bird that we get regularly in our yard are the crows. ‘Stone the bloody crows’ was a phrase I always heard my Grandad say.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to combat the crows hovering around like the scavengers that they are and I’ve decided that Elliott and I need to make a scare crown. Not one that’s too big and scary because I don’t want to scare the chooks too, perhaps one that’s Elliott’s size. Here’s a great tutorial from Little Green Fingers on how to make a mini scarecrow…and he’s in kids clothes too!
When it comes to gardening for kids, what are your favourite activities?
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