Finding activities for the kids during the lockdown can be difficult for anyone, never mind if you’re trying to balance work-from-home and homeschooling too. While some might be heading back to school for a few weeks, the summer holidays are only around the corner.
One activity that is highly beneficial to the health and wellbeing of everyone, grown-ups and children, is gardening. Gardening helps us to connect with the seasons, we can learn important skills like growing our own food and gardens can also help to kindle a life-long love of nature.
We have a couple of ideas that will keep your kids engaged and interested, while also educating them and teaching them how to live sustainably.
Grow a Pizza Garden
Who doesn’t love pizza? A pizza garden is relatively easy to set up and can be grown in a raised bed, or a container adapted for growing. The basic pizza ingredients are tomatoes, basil, peppers, onions, oregano, and parsley, but you can also grow aubergine and courgette, rocket and spinach to the list if you prefer those toppings.
All the ingredients can be grown in one bed, or maybe for pizza-themed fun, create a circular bed, divided up into ‘slices’ for each crop to grow in.
These crops prefer a warm, sunny spot, so locate your pizza garden in a sunny, sheltered place, and don’t forget to keep them watered. You can harvest the crops as they are ready, and enjoy adding them to homemade pizzas. You can also teach your children about the importance of reducing food miles, using plot-to-pizza as an example!
Have a Sunflower Race
Sunflowers are big and bright, and exceptional fun for kids to grow. They grow very quickly, noticeably taller every day, which the kids will love seeing. Each family member can plant their sunflowers, and race to see who’s is tallest.
You can plant them in the ground or pots, but be warned that slugs and snails love sunflowers too, so perhaps start them in pots and transfer them to the ground once they are approximately 10-15 cm tall. A plastic bottle with the bottom cut off and then placed over the seedlings will also protect them as they emerge.
Remember to keep them well watered and provide stakes for support as they grow. Sunflowers also provide nectar for bees, and if you allow the seed heads to ripen and dry, they are a tasty treat for birds too later in the year.
If you have the room in your garden, you can grow a sunflower den for the children to hide and play in. Mark out a square or circular shape, dig narrow trenches for the walls and plant sunflowers all the way around. Keep them well-watered and supported, and before long you’ll have a den for the kids, or you, to hide in!
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