Spring is a wonderful time of year to explore nature with your children and you don’t need to go any further than your garden to do it. Here are 10 things to do with your children in the garden this Spring.
Create Land Art
Use stones, leaves, flowers or grass from the garden to create beautiful pieces of artwork.
Read a Book in the Garden
Lay a blanket on the grass and read a book together in the fresh air.
Draw a Picture
Draw a picture of something you can see in the garden – an animal, a bug, a flower or a cloud.
Lie on the Ground and Watch the Sky
Lay back and look up – see if any of the clouds are making interesting shapes and talk about what they look like together. See if you can spot any birds or butterflies flying overhead.
Sow Seeds in the Vegetable Patch or in Pots
Do some gardening together – sow the seeds, care for them and watch how they grow. Talk about the changes together and what the seeds need to help them to grow.
Set Up an Obstacle Course
Use objects from around the garden to create an obstacle course – see who can do it the fastest!
Walk around the garden seeing what different bugs you can spot. Don’t forget to turn over the stones to see if there’s anything crawling around underneath! Maybe use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at them.
Do a Butterfly or Bird Count
Take a sheet of paper outside and mark down every time you see a butterfly or a bird. How many can you spot of each?
Build a Bug Hotel
Cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottle to leave you with a cylinder. Go around the garden and find twigs, grass, moss etc to fill your cylinder. Keep checking on your hotel to see if it has any new visitors!
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of some things you can find in the garden and see how many your children can find.
Also, don’t forget to check out where our local Little Muddy Boots classes are taking place if you have toddlers or pre-schoolers.
*Don’t over pick things – it’s a great opportunity to teach your child how to be respectful in the garden about what they are picking and how much to pick. Ensure your child is only picking and touching things which are safe in the garden.