Gardening with Kids – Fun Projects for the School Holidays!

Gardening with Kids – Fun Projects for the School Holidays!

Stuck for ideas on how to entertain the kids these school holidays? We’ve got you covered! Why not encourage them outside with these fun gardening projects! They may just take you back to your own childhood :) We recommend doing these projects outside as they can get a little messy - in the best way.

BOOT POTS

Boot Planter

Do you have an old pair of boots lying around? Don’t throw them out, turn them into boot pots!

What you’ll need:

  • An old pair of boots (feel free to decorate them first if you’re feeling creative)
  • Drill to make the drainage holes
  • Good quality potting mix
  • Fast growing seeds (or seedlings instead)
  • Watering can or hose

How to:  All you need to do is add some drainage holes in the bottom of the boots (the adults bit), then fill with soil and plant your seeds, flowers, succulents or plant of choice! If you are planting seeds, be sure to cover the seeds with a light layer of soil, then water them in well! That’s it, wait and watch your boots grow into a lovely garden decoration.

Don't fret - you can purchase heirloom seeds in our store!

GROW A GRASS HEAD!

DIY Grass Head

Remember doing these as a kid? They are so much fun! The kids will love checking on it every day to see if their grass head has started growing hair – and when it starts getting a little long they can even give the hair a trim!

What you’ll need:

  • A cup or an old container like a yogurt pot
  • Paper and marker
  • Glue gun
  • An old pair of stockings
  • Grass seeds
  • String or a thin rubber band
  • Potting Mix
  • Spray bottle for watering
  • Decorations! We recommend googly eyes, pipe cleaners (for eyebrows, spectacles or a moustache), permanent markers (must be waterproof), coloured paper for the bodies – get creative with it!

How to:

First, cut the feet from your pair of stockings, make the cut just above the ankle. Then stretch your stocking foot over a large mug or cup (imagine you’re putting in a bin liner), and sprinkle your grass seeds into the bottom (try about 2 teaspoons).

Fill up your cup or mug with potting mix being sure to pack it in well, you’re aiming for about the size of a tennis ball. Twist the stocking to lock in the soil - then tie it off leaving the dangly bit of stocking as it is (aka the stocking tail). This stocking tail will be placed first into the water – so be sure to make your face with this bit at the bottom.

You can then make a bulge in the soil where you want the nose to be (make it about the size of a cotton ball) – twist the stocking and then tie the bulge off with string or a rubber band to keep the nose in place.

Then get creative decorating the rest of your face! Add googly eyes (use your glue gun) and try using pipe cleaners for eyebrows, spectacles or a moustache. Don’t forget to decorate your yogurt container too! You can make a suit or dress out of paper, or draw something on with waterproof markers.

Half fill your old container with water, place your grass head into the water with the stocking tail in first. Give the top of the head a spray with your water bottle.

Leave your grass head on a nice sunny window sill and get the kids to check on it each day – if it feels dry then use the spray bottle to keep it nice and damp.

Then keep your eyes peeled! It should only take about a week for the grass hair to start sprouting up! For a full head of hair you’ll wait about 3-4 weeks. Don’t forget to experiment with hairstyles – mohawk anyone?

SPROUTING EGG HEADS

Sprouting Egg Heads

Some may say this is an eggcellent idea! This is a super quick project, and it doesn’t take long for the kids to see results :)

What you’ll need:

  • Empty free range egg shells (you want to break only the top off the egg to empty it – as you’ll need most of the egg shell to use) – don’t waste that egg either – be sure to cook it up!
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue gun
  • Felt pens
  • Watercress seeds (you could also use chives or another fast growing seed)
  • Empty egg carton (or egg cups)
  • Cotton balls

How to:

Give the egg shells a quick rinse then pop them into the egg carton to hold them in place.

Decorate your egg faces using the markers and googly eyes (glue these on with your glue gun), or whatever you choose!

Place some cotton wool inside each shell and dampen the wool with water.

Sprinkle your watercress seeds onto the cotton wool – be generous!

Place your egg heads (still in the carton or egg cup) into a nice sunny spot on a window sill. Get the kids to check on them every day to see if they have begun to sprout – it should only take a few days!

Don’t forget to give your egg heads a light spray with water so they don’t dry out.

Oh, and feel free to trim and eat the watercress hair!

PAINTED ROCK PLANT MARKERS

Painted Rock Plant Markers

What you’ll need:

  • Rocks! Gather them from your garden or go for a walk and collect some – you want them to be flat-ish and big enough to paint a word onto (about the size of your palm).
  • Outdoor paint (try choosing a range of colours)
  • Waterproof varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint markers to write the names on with (you can paint these on with a paintbrush if you prefer)
  • Paint palette

How to:

Give your rocks a quick clean and dry them off thoroughly.

Paint your rocks! Try using a variety of colours, each rock can be a different colour if you choose. Note – you don’t have to paint the bottom that will be placed in the soil – it won’t be visible so it’s completely optional.

Once the paint has dried, add another coat if you think they need it. When they’re nice and dry, paint on the names of the plants you wish to label or use the paint markers to write them on. You can also decorate around the names if you want to get creative.

Allow to dry completely - you may wish to leave them overnight.

Apply your waterproof varnish to keep the paint nice and sealed in. Then leave to dry for approximately 24 hours before placing them in your garden.

Stuck for seeds to plant? Check out our range of heirloom, non-GMO seeds here.

We hope that some of these fun projects inspire you to get out in the garden with the kids. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year so don’t waste it indoors, make the most of it!

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