Yay it’s officially the first day of Spring! Spring is my favourite season, and for me it signals the start of being able to spend more time in my garden. Today also marks the first day of my new guest post series, Get in Your Garden! which will include weekly guest posts to encourage you to get outside and enjoy your garden as much as I enjoy mine.
Get in Your Garden! Guest Post Series #1
So to kick start us off is the lovely Lisa from what2buy4kids.co.uk with her post about encouraging children’s interest in gardening using familiar kid’s characters. So without further a do I will hand over to Lisa.
I’m Lisa, the Toy Hunter. I love crafting, cooking and gardening with kids and I am a firm believer in learning through play. I used to be a primary school teacher, I’m a mum of 3 and I own and manage what2buy4kids.co.uk. I am always on the look-out for great quality and unique toys, gifts, crafts and activities that will educate and delight children.
Gardening with Kids’ Characters
I’m enthusiastic about getting kids interested in gardening because there are so many learning opportunities and positive experiences you can have with kids in the garden. Being outside, seeing how things grow, learning how to care for other things, tasting the fruits of their labour are all things your child will enjoy when you garden with them.
Gardening with our little ones is a rewarding experience for us parents too, imagine fun conversations and the chats you will enjoy when you are getting your hands dirty and working side by side.
I don’t mean you should set up an allotment and devote 20 hours a week to tending a massive vegetable plot- you can start with a few pots, a small patch in the garden or even a specially made raised veg or flower patch. Get ideas from your child and follow their lead. And appeal to what they love. Are they obsessed with all things the Gruffalo or Peppa Pig? Find gardening tools with those characters on them to peak their interest.
I am a big fan of specially made children’s gardening tools and accessories. Not only are they perfect for little hands, but the bright colours and friendly characters can make any reluctant child tempted to give gardening a go. Most children have character wellies, why not try out some character gardening tools too?
There are some brilliant things on the market that appeal to children, I particularly like the character tools that promote learning and creativity. I love taking characters that we enjoy when reading books, watching films or playing games and using them to encouraging a new skill like gardening. Characters like the Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, Mr Men and Peppa Pig are popular characters in our house.
Quality is very important to me too, there’s a lot of work that goes into gardening and you want tools that not only look nice but do the job as well. Here is a list of some of my favourite character tools for kids:
Peter Rabbit tool set
Peppa Pig watering can
Minnie Mouse Gardening bag
Thomas the Tank Engine wheelbarrow
As with everything, learning is by doing. And what better way to learn about how things grow than by introducing children to seed kids. To keep the character theme going, kids will love these Mr Men & Little Miss seed kits and these fairy garden growing kits.
I hope I have shown you some fun ways to make gardening appealing to your children. For even more inspiration on how to get kids excited about gardening, head over to the Toyhunter blog.
Thank you Lisa. Some great ideas to encourage kids into gardening.
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