Spring is a fab time of the year to spend in the garden and it is the perfect season to introduce children to gardening and growing plants. Spring runs from around the 20-21st of March til the 20-21st of June so it is the time of the year when the days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer and nature finally awakes after the winter months.
Here are my five favourite Spring things to do in the garden with children.
Children often sow seeds and have no idea what is actually happening underground in their pots. Growing seeds inside a plastic see-through bag is a fun activity that allows children to observe the first roots and sprouting plant emerge from seeds. It is therefore a great way for them to understand how plants grow and have fun even when they days are short and not much is growing in the garden.
In order to helps bird survive during the cold winters, little gardeners can make these easy bird cakes and hang them around the garden. They can be customised to attract specific birds based on what type of dry ingredients are added to the cake.
A great way to do get children to observe birds in their natural environment is by making the outdoor space more attractive to them and there are many ways to do so. If our garden or outdoor space feels like home (water, food and shelter), birds will naturally be attracted to visit and spend time in it, giving children plenty of opportunities to observe them.
Here are a few ideas on how children can have fun while supporting their garden birds.
The girls and I love flowers but sometime they don't last very long and a great way to preserve them is to press them. Pressing flowers is an old tradition but it can be lots of fun and give our little gardeners an opportunity to get close up and familiar with all the flowers in the garden.