It’s nearly that time of year again that everyone looks forward too – Spring! We can start to look forward to longer, warmer days, nature blossoming and our children wanting to burst outside and play.
Most children have a natural inclination for gardening and being outside. After all, what’s more fun for fun for kids, there is dirt and digging involved!
Here at Early Learning Furniture we understanding the importance of learning through play so we have put together a few activities for spring so you can enjoy the blooming season with your children.
Recycle a Fizzy Pop Bottle into a Hanging Planter
Recycling is something we all aim to do but sometimes can prove to be a little difficult with children. This hanging planter is a perfect idea to encourage your children that recycling can make beautiful new products.
Here is a step by step guide on how to turn an old 2L fizzy pop bottle into a creative hanging planter for your home or garden.
Make your own Coloured Flowers
Spring is the season of bloom so why not encourage learning about flowers and blooming through making your own coloured flowers?! – Crazy we know but it works and your children will be amazed!
All you need for this activity is a jar, some water, a bit of food colouring and some white flowers (carnations and daisies work well).
After about 6 hours you will notice the tips of the petals changing colour. Once you have enjoyed the flowers, cut down the stems to show children how the flower has absorbed the coloured water up the stem. You can explain the importance of watering flowers and looking after them.
Make a garden pinwheel
Encouraging children to enjoy plants and gardening from a young age helps educate them and is a healthy and inexpensive way to have fun at home or school. Research shows that children who learn to grow their own fruit and vegetables develop a greater interest in healthy eating.
Spring is a wonderful time for planting seeds and flowers but as they begin to grow it was can difficult to remember which seeds are which.
Why not make a gardening pinwheel to help young children recognise the seed they have planted? This will help to eradicate any confusion, and will leave little ones feeling proud of their accomplishments in the garden.
You will need – ruler, scotch tape, thumbtack, square piece of coloured card or thick paper and a pencil.
At ELF, we offer some resources to help with getting children outside and involved in gardening.
Our Indoor/Outdoor Mini Garden provides a space for children to grow their own seeds and look after plants. It can be used in conjunction with the School Planter, which is perfect to transfer seedlings to for continued growth and care.
Check out our Gardening with Kids blog for more fun ideas for getting children out in to the open this Spring.
At Early Learning Furniture, we are experts in early years’ education resources including classroom furniture, school dining furniture and school play equipment. For more information about our products please contact us or call us on 01733 511121.