In some countries you’ll find a pot of fresh chives standing in the middle of the dinner table beside the salt and pepper pots. Great though it looks, it’s not just for decoration – the chives, too, are a seasoning. And the freshest (and hence the most vitamin-packed) possible! Once the food’s arrived, a quick … Continue reading Grow a Chive Pot for your Table
Here’s an enthralling activity for pre-schoolers. Not only is it a great activity to tackle together, but it provides a springboard for all sorts of learning opportunities as you explore the world of nature together. This cheap-and-cheerful kitchen gardening project looks at how plants grow. It takes a humble onion, and brings it to life on your windowsill. As … Continue reading Roots and Shoots
Did you know that the most important part of a plant is the bit you don’t see? This activity – which you may remember as a biology experiment from your own schooldays – is educational as well as fun. Your children will thoroughly enjoy watching their seed come to life, start sprouting and form its root … Continue reading Rooting Around
Don’t discard the pits from your boxes of dates - they can be germinated to produce elegant palm plants. Your kids will enjoy the challenge of making their own mini-incubator and watching the seemingly-dead stones sprout into life. Here's how you do it ... Clean the flesh off the stones Leave them to soak in … Continue reading It’s a Date!
Children will love growing the unconventional peanut, or groundnut. Peanut plants are attractive, quirky and - best of all - easy to raise. Even if they didn’t do anything offbeat, peanut plants would still be worth cultivating for their delicate little yellow flowers and penny-shaped paired leaves which close, as if in prayer, every bedtime. But it’s … Continue reading How to grow a Peanut (Groundnut) Plant
The shops are full of yummy citrus fruits all year round. Don't discard the pips along with the peel - keep them to sow. Raising citrus plants from seed is an easy and rewarding windowsill project your children will love. Lemons, limes, grapefruit and their various cousins in the orange family can all be successfully germinated to … Continue reading Growing oranges and lemons from seed
The main reason - it’s fun! It’s an ideal opportunity to spend quality time with your children They’ll love getting involved with the project you’re working on together Kids (and secretly, many adults) love getting their hands dirty! It’s a healthy, outdoorsy activity Children get a real buzz out of growing – and eating … Continue reading 40 reasons why you should garden with your kids
Bought bird seed is a blend of many types of cereals such as sunflowers, millet, canary seed, oats, wheat, rape and linseed. Sowing this can be an absorbing activity for kids of all ages – you never know what you’re going to get! You’ll need: Bought bird seed Container Growing medium Method : Fill the … Continue reading Bird Seed Lucky Dip
Sunflower Race A medium-term project, raising sunflowers from seed is an absorbing activity for junior-school children. As they’ll have to look after their seedling, youngsters receive an ongoing lesson in responsibility and caring. Additionally, starting the seeds off in repurposed plastic food containers provides an opportunity to discuss sustainability and good stewardship of the earth’s resources. … Continue reading Sunflower Race
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