There are so many learning opportunities to be found in the garden. The cross-curricular links are endless, from the science of making things grow and exploring living things, to getting creative with some art activities. You could even throw some phonics in there with some fantastic vocabulary such as ‘roots’ ‘shoots’ and ‘seeds’! How high is your sunflower? Let’s use our Maths skills to measure it!
We’ve put together some lovely resources, activity ideas and free worksheets to help you to make the most of your outside space, wherever it is and whatever the size.
Activities for you
1. Create a piece of art
Collect petals, twigs and leaves and let imaginations run wild to create a picture or sculpture. Dip them in paint to see what patterns you can make or stick them together to make a collage.
2. Make a bee a home
Use an old small plant pot (around 10 – 15cm) to make a home for bees. Cut straws or bamboo canes to fit the depth of your pot and tie them together with a piece of string. Put some modelling clay at the bottom and stick your bundle in. Place the pot horizontally in your garden in a quiet place and wait for the bees to move in!
3. Make a garden diary
Make a garden diary and record what seeds you’ve sown, how tall they’ve grown, what vegetables you’ve grown and eaten, and keep a note of what wildlife you’ve spotted. Use nature to inspire you to decorate the cover.
41 fun garden activities and ideas for kids
Providing your children with activities to do in the garden is about more than spending time outdoors, it’s about providing them with a life skill that they can treasure for the rest of their lives. There are huge benefits to taking your pupils outdoors and teaching them how to care for plants and nature, not least of which is working towards positive wellbeing.
Everything you need
We’ve put all of our gardening and nature resources in one place so it’s easy for you to browse, be inspired and find everything you need to encourage little green fingers and turn your outside space into a wildlife haven full of learning opportunities!
Watch your plants grow from seed and learn about what they need to thrive. This mobile greenhouse is easy to transport, so you can even move your plants to somewhere sunny or sheltered. Perfect for budding young gardeners.
Metal Rope Handled Planters
This pack of sturdy metal planters will make a lovely addition to your outdoor area, as they lend themselves to an array of open ended activities, from transporting natural materials to mixing concoctions and making mud pies.
Green Bean Garden Set
This unique eco-friendly garden set from Dantoys consists of 8 buckets, 4 watering cans and 4 sets of shovels and rakes, so whether children wish to play in groups or on their own there is a set for everyone to enjoy.
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