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Spring school holiday activities

October 8, 2011 Filed under Inexpensive play

These holiday activities are about getting into the garden. The spring holidays are great for gardening as you can sow seeds or plant out seedling with the children and the young ones will see action very quickly.  Even if the spring weather can be a bit dodgy, you’ll still get enough fine days to get a few hours outside.

If you don’t have a garden but do have an outside patio or slab of concrete, you can garden in pots, buckets or other containers.

A favourite with the children will be strawberries.  If the children help you plant strawberries, don’t plan on using them for dessert or to make jam.  Most of the juicy berries will disappear down small throats as soon as they ripen.

This is the beauty of having the children helping you prepare the garden – they will realise where their food comes from.  They may even start to make connections with meat, milk and eggs for example.

Sunflowers also provide a quick result that is so important for kids in the garden. If you sow sunflowers from seed you’ll only have about a week or so of ‘Have they grown yet?’

Growing sunflowers

October 6, 2011 Filed under Soul food

Sunflowers are easy and quick to grow and are spectacular when they flower.

Sunflowers are great for children to grow because of their fast growth and amazing flowers.

You can sow sunflower seeds directly into a sunny spot in the garden or into deep pots if you don’t have much garden space.  Water gently and wait a week or so for the shoots to appear.

Be prepared to stake the plants as they get taller, especially if you live in a windy area.  Or if you have them on a balcony you can tie the stems to the balustrade or a pole to help them stand up straight.

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