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Five fun gardening activities for kids to do during half term

Five fun gardening activities for kids to do during half term

February half term is already here....panic!!! If you enjoy spending time growing things with your mini gardener here are 5 fun activities to do with kids during half term which are not necessarily weather dependent.

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Can gardening improve children’s mental health? A gardening mum's point of view.

Can gardening improve children’s mental health? A gardening mum's point of view.

I genuinely think that the connection to the natural world is something that kids need instinctively and wonder what the impact of less outdoor time has on today’s children. So my question is: can gardening improve the mental health of children in the same way it does for adults?

In terms of a purely observational ‘mummy’ point of view I definitely think so and here is why.

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Top 10 tips for gardening with children

Top 10 tips for gardening with children

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to get your kids involved in your gardening project, teach them a new skill or just spend more time outdoors in your garden?

If your answer is yes and you need some inspiration take a look at my top 10 tips for gardening with children.

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Moss in jars, pretend play and experiments - how to be more childlike

Moss in jars, pretend play and experiments - how to be more childlike

As adults gardening is often all about growing and nurturing a plant (either for food, beauty or ego). We often look at the end result rather than the journey and we rarely seek to understand 'why' something happens, unless it goes wrong. On the other hand, children tend to find excitement in everyday things and they are obsessed with the 'why'. Here are a few thoughts on how I have embraced the mindset of my children in order to continue nourishing their gardening skills during these cold and dark months.

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The problem with autumn

The problem with autumn

If I had to choose, autumn would probably be my favourite season! However, the start of this autumn has been really disappointing here in Norwich with torrential rain, flooding and only a handful of days with lovely weather. 

Our outdoor garden activities have been limited, while inside we have started growing a few things but the girls have not really been very engaged as they have been busy with homework, classes and playing. 

What are your plans to keep your gardening kid excited about growing during the autumn/winter months? 

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