Mini gardeners: Encouraging children to garden

16th February 2024

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This half term, remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have fun together. There is entertainment and education to be found in your very own garden and it just so happens to be National Children’s Gardening week running from:

25th May – 2nd June 2024

Now could be the perfect time to start a healthy hobby with your children that they will enjoy forever. Giving children something to tend to creates nurturing and a sense of pride. It doesn’t matter how much space you have, you can create mini flowerbeds and allotments.

Here are some ideas:

  • Make a mini pond (always be sure to baby proof the area, wire covers are always advisable)
  • Create a checklist of things to look for in the garden from plants to birds and bugs (and with Easter just a week away, why not hide some chocolate eggs out there as well as an incentive).
  • Build a fairy / dinosaur garden
  • Visit us here at The Big Plant Nursery, open seven days a week

We love this mini dinosaur garden idea, it’s a great way to encourage children to nurture plants in a fun and practical environment. It doesn’t have to cost much, you can use existing plants and herbs you have in the garden and if you don’t have an old sink to hand then a large plant pot, plastic toy box, old car tyre or wheelbarrow will do.

In our busy adult lives, have we forgotten how to play? What if you could bring some of this magic back into your life through your garden and rediscover the simple pleasures of your childhood.

No matter how much space you have to play with you can experiment with creating different areas or “rooms” within your garden. You could leave one area of your garden to go “wild” by planting wildflowers to attract pollinators, creating a rockery with hardy alpines that will encourage nature (and fairies of course). A winding pathway that leads to this magical area will add intrigue.

The RHS has some additional activity ideas for getting children interested in gardening and outdoor learning <find out more>

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