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Christmas Plant Pot Gifts

Christmas Plant Pot Gifts

29/11/2013

Christmas Plant Pot Gifts If you want to allow your children to give gifts to other people (their kindergarten teacher, or Grandma) but don't want to spend lots of money on them, or if they want to use their own money, you have to get creative. And handmade gifts always go down a treat. So why not try this cute gold Christmassy plant pots from Here Come The Girls? The pots are simply painted up and decorated with ribbons, and you could try the Santa plant labels too. ...

Painted Birdbath

Painted Birdbath

13/08/2013

Painted Birdbath This is a really lovely project which can get kids to design and paint their very own birdbath for the garden. They can paint both pots separately if they remember that one has to be upside down when they get glued together. It is a great idea which we found on the lovely 'The Princess and The Frog' blog. It is a nice touch how they use fingerprints for flowers, they could also do bird related painting (for example, eggs and feathers) if they are fe...

Pet Rocks for Kids

Pet Rocks for Kids

04/07/2013

Pet Rocks for Kids This is a fun thing to do on a rainy day and through this activity kids can learn about minibeasts as well as paint them. You can also let your imagination go wild and make fantasy pets instead! We found it over at Gardening4kids. It's a simple activity to set up, parents only need to think ahead to collecting some rocks on a dry day so you have them ready for just such an indoor project. You can find it here. ...

Stone Plant Labels

Stone Plant Labels

16/05/2013

Stone Plant Labels We liked this idea that we found on the LuBirdBaby blog, her and her children make an assortment of labels for their vegetable patch by painting stones with the name of the plant and a picture. This could work for your family garden or for a class allotment if you have one at your school. Remember though, if you use washable paints, make sure they are varnished or they will wash away in the rain! You can find this here. ...

Thumb Controlled Water Pot

Thumb Controlled Water Pot

07/05/2013

Thumb Controlled Water Pot This is a great idea we found over at funinthemaking.net it's handy for avoiding wet shoes and as it can be made using any size jug, it is easier than using a large watering can. Holding your finger over the hole on the top stops the water from running out. Then, when you remove your finger the water delicately flows out, making it perfect for watering young seedlings. You can find this here. ...

Garden Rock Caterpillar

Garden Rock Caterpillar

12/04/2013

Garden Rock Caterpillar We found this fun painting project over at nelliebellie.com. We love this because children can complete the painting part indoors and then assemble it outdoors which means you don't have to wait for good weather to get started. One child could make the whole thing, or several children could make different parts and put it together. Why not have a long one for the family or if you have a whole classroom of children it could be enormous! (pssst - if seve...

Handprint Garden Markers

Handprint Garden Markers

26/02/2013

Handprint Garden Markers This sweet idea for home-made garden and plant labels came from the Reading Confetti website. Although with the weather it is unsure how long they'll last, the concept of using the kids' own handprints is lovely. There are endless possibilities and designs you can create using this basic idea, along with the cut out handprints and shapes of the fruit and vegetables. You...

Flower Collage Papier Mache Cups

Flower Collage Papier Mache Cups

11/04/2011

Flower Collage Papier Mache Cups This little project was one of the activities we did at the Orleton School infants gardening club. Different tasks were done over several weeks, so that there was no waiting for glue to dry, and no one got bored. Each session therefore was only about 10 minutes and then they went on to other gardening jobs. As the club is after school and the children are little you have to cater for low levels of concentration. We recycled some washed used ...

Making Paper Pots

Making Paper Pots

17/03/2011

Making Paper Pots This video from Victoriana Nursery shows how some KS1 children make their own seed pots out of paper, using a pot making tool. The video also contains a discussion of carrots and how they grow, so if you are just looking for the paper pots section, the activity starts at 4 mins 10 secs. If you don't have a paper pot maker, or enough of them for your group of children, here's a video from Bevoworks of how you can make one using a glass or pla...

Ice Mobiles

Ice Mobiles

11/01/2010

Making Ice Mobiles   This lovely idea came from Dawn Isaac who writes the fab Little Green Fingers Blog.   An ice mobile freezes small interesting items to hang from a tree. It is a great activity for winter when the temperature is freezing outside during the night, although you can cheat with a freezer on any very cold winter day.       In the one in the picture, Dawn's children froze rosehips "and some glitter, because there's always...

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