Did you know this week is National Gardening Week? The perfect time to embrace the great outdoors and foster a love of nature with your child – whatever the weather.
Here are some great ideas about how to explore nature with your children and to embrace the outdoors by looking up and down, and underneath. Whether you have a garden or live in an urban area - these activities are for everyone.
Grow a fruit tree from seeds
Have you ever dreamed about having your own fruit tree? Almost any fruit you eat at home can be reproduced from its seeds.
Growing an avocado tree is super easy and very rewarding. It’s surprisingly fun to grow an avocado tree from seeds, and it makes a great educational project for your kids.
Take the avocado and cut into 2 halves. Wash and dry the seed fully.
Push toothpicks inside the seed from four sides into the middle. And place in a glass full of water.
Keep the glass in a warm place away from direct sunlight. Leave for 4-6 weeks and add water if needed. Once the stem is 6 inches long, cut it to 3 inches. The stem will again start to grow and will grow leaves.
Remove the seed from the glass to a large pot, 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Add rich fertile soil to the pot and plant the seed.
Place the pot where it can get good sunlight, air, and water. The soil should remain moist but not saturated.
Start planting in the Spring. If you do not have a garden, daily take your plant outside for sunlight and fresh air.
Read more about how to grow an avocado tree from seeds here.
Avocado is not your child's favorite?
Rock Painting Bugs
Painted bug rocks are a hit with kids and it's a great activity for a rainy afternoon. These little buggies can be used as shelf decorations, paperweights, or larger ones can be used as a colorful decoration in the garden! Let your kids pick their favorite color for very creative and beautiful results.
What you need:
Gloss varnish (optional – to make them shiny!)
Googly eyes (optional)
You can easily create a bird feeder to attract some fun birds to your garden by hanging bits of seeds, buts, and fruit. The kids will love to personalize it, and hopefully enjoy watching all the critters even more.
We found some great ideas on how to turn recyclables into amazing and unique DIY bird feeders.
Plastic Bottle: A simple bird feeder that reuses a plastic bottle
Milk Carton: Turning a milk carton into a bird feeder
Tins - colored and decorated: Tin cans make good bird feeders
Old Flowerpots: Let's upcycle them into a bird feeder
For more great outdoor ideas, visit The Royal Horticultural Society where you can find lots of ideas and inspirations to celebrate National Gardening Week!
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