Friday is here at last. I hope that you have all had a super week and are planning an even better weekend.
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Today I wanted to share some garden friendly ides of things you can do with the kids. Mine have loved helping us plant seeds this year and we were lucky enough to be sent one of the fabulous gardening subscription boxes from Mud & Bloom this year too. My boys are very pleased with heir green fingered activities of late – Gardner’s by name, gardener;s by nature it seems!
It was great to be contacted by Anja from Mud & Bloom and asked to try out one of her gardening subscription boxes for kids. Subscription boxes seem really common at the moment, but I liked that this stepped away from the crafty type that there are so many of and encouraged kids to get outside in the fresh air. The box we were sent contained:
- Basil and tomato seeds
- Instruction cards for seeds
- Compost blocks
- Gardening quiz card
- Acrylic paints and brush
- Rock painting activity card
I think the boxes are fantastic value at just £7.95 a month which includes your monthly box and delivery charges. The compost blocks are a fab idea and mean you do not need to worry about having compost in to get the seedlings started. Just add water and they expand so you can add the seeds! You can also start growing them in little yoghurt pots for example, so perfect for children who like to recycle!
The boys really enjoyed planting their seeds and we have also planted sunflower seeds, poppies, sweet peas and strawberries this year so far. We are also planning on growing potatoes and peas.
Rock painting, hiding and seeking has been really popular recently and there are lots of groups on Facebook sharing ideas on places to hide and find them in your local area. The boys found their first rock on a scooter ride and were really happy, although Leo wasn’t too sure about re-hiding it as he wanted to keep t. They love hunting for good rocks to paint on dog walks and trips to the park, so the paints went down really well for that!
Overall I think the box offers a great range of activities and items at a brilliant price. The boys could do the activities together meaning that one box was enough for them both and I wouldn’t have to make multiple purchases as with some boxes, so they could have one each.
Other Fun Garden Based Activities For Kids
Sunflower Growing Competition
We like to plant sunflowers every year and see who can grow the biggest one! Leo is very diligent about watering and generally ends up responsible for Riley’s too, so he normally accepts the win! This year we chose a different variety – Teddy Bear Sunflowers – which have large fuzzy heads and we are looking forward to see what they look like when they flower.
Great for encouraging maths skills – measuring and counting
Growing potatoes is a pretty easy thing to do, so brings good success. As they grow under the soil, children get really excited when it is time to dig them up and see how many have grown
Great for encouraging counting skills
My Mum and Dad grow peas every year and one of my boys favourite things to do is help them to pod them (and eat them)!
Great for encouraging kids to eat vegetables and fruit as they see where they have come from and have helped to grow them
Mucky Children = Happy Children
Isn’t that what they say? It is certainly true with my two, they love spending time outside in the garden, doing a range of different things. Riley really loves the large chalkboard we have on the side of the shed and will practice writing and do drawings on there for everyone. I picked up the blackboard paint from Wilkos and painted three quarters of one side of the shed and it is a popular activity for any of the kids who visit us!
Gardening gives you such a great scope for discussion with children, teaching them everything from growing cycles to how to take care and be responsible for something to discussion about the weather. I hope you have been inspired by my suggestions and with the Summer holidays coming up, give some of them a try. Don’t forget to visit the Mud & Bloom site and check out their boxes as I am sure they will be very popular!