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Egg Herb Garden

Egg Herb Garden

02/05/2014

Egg Herb Garden This is a fun way to grow a small herb garden, which would make a sweet gift from a child to a cook in their family. The infographic below shows you all the steps you need to know, the main thing is to take the top off carefully so you may want to help children with this or take the top off before they get started. Large plants will obviously need transplanting - this one features a tomato which would need potting on. But chives, basil, thyme, parsley,...

Christmas Elf Cress Heads

Christmas Elf Cress Heads

12/12/2013

Christmas Elf Cress Heads Ok so it's cold and miserable outside and you may not want to be out there with your kids gardening (especially after a few too many mince pies and one too many ports.... ahem) but it doesn't mean you can't do any gardening at all. Why not try this fun Christmas themed project from Dawn Isaac over at Little Green Fingers. It's a variation on the traditional cress heads project using a yoghurt pot, but with the twist that your kids can have fun making t...

Self-watering Recycled Plant Pots

Self-watering Recycled Plant Pots

26/06/2013

Self-watering Recycled Plant Pots This Instructable shows how to make the perfect place to grow your herbs or small flowers, you can fill this up with water and it will continue to soak it up as required, the instructions on this website are great and accompanied by pictures of each step. There is a button at the bottom of the first step that you need to click to reveal the rest of the instructions. You can find the instructions here. ...

Crazy Grass Heads

Crazy Grass Heads

07/05/2013

Crazy Grass Heads A fun idea from houseofhepworths.com, plant grass seed in a pot and stick a photo onto the pot to grow their crazy hair! Her daughter did this at school, but you could do this at home too and make a whole crazy grass-haired family. You can find this here. ...

Xylem Water Movement Demonstration

Xylem Water Movement Demonstration

07/05/2013

Xylem Water Movement Experiment This is a really great, easy experiment from mslaura on Flickr, it shows how water moves through the leaf using coloured dye. The experiment is aimed at older children, but the xylem (tubes that carry the water in leaves) are all criss-crossed through the leaves which make a beautiful pattern that younger children will enjoy. You can find the instructions here. ...

Rockin' Garden

Rockin' Garden

13/08/2012

Rockin' Garden We found this idea for a Zen style garden on the Disney Family Fun website. All kids love to collect shells and rocks while on holiday and this is the perfect way to display them. Although it's not a garden in which anything will actually grow, it is a good way to introduce kids to the idea of landscaping.  You can find the instructions here. ...

Make a Prickly Cactus Garden

Make a Prickly Cactus Garden

19/07/2012

Make a Prickly Cactus Garden We found this idea in the Gardening with Children section of the BBC website. It's packed with gardening guides and activities, but we particularly liked this idea because it's something you can do whatever the weather. Cacti come in all shapes and sizes and are great fun for kids to collect. And best of all, cacti still look good even if they do get a bit neglected! You can download the instructions for ...

Grow an Olympic Mascot Cress Head

Grow an Olympic Mascot Cress Head

21/06/2012

Grow an Olympic Mascot Cress Head We found this on the London 2012 website, which includes a Garden for the Games section full of Olympic inspired gardening ideas. This is a fun and easy way to get kids involved. To make their own Olympic mascot cress head, they need to cut out and colour in the mascot template, as well as grow and (finally) eat the cress! You can download the instructions and mascot templates here....

How to Grow Carrot Tops

How to Grow Carrot Tops

10/05/2012

How to Grow Carrot Tops Don't throw those carrot tops away. We found this clever way to reuse them over at Fidgety Fingers. Although you can't grow carrots from the tops, you can grow leaves which can then be used as a nutritious addition to your summer salads. This is the perfect project for kids. Simply pop the top into a saucer of water, watch then grow and enjoy. You can find the instructions here. ...

Cress Head in a yoghurt pot

Cress Head in a yoghurt pot

08/02/2011

Cress Head In A Yoghurt Pot A fun alternative way to grow a cress head, this version uses a yoghurt pot which the children draw or paint a face onto. It's one of the make and colour activities from the lovely new Cbeebies show Mr Bloom's nursery. There are good basic printable picture instructions on the Cbeebies instruction page. ...

Growing A Bean - KS1 lesson plan

Growing A Bean - KS1 lesson plan

09/02/2010

My Farm Food Lesson Plan for Growing Beans The My Farm Food website was set up by the My School Lunch team for a group of local authorities and has lots of useful resources on it. One of them is a formalised KS1 lesson plan for children to grow a bean and take records about their growth.   The lesson plan is here and you need to click on "Download Key Stage 1 Lesson 2 Plan" ...

Mushroom Crate Gardens

Mushroom Crate Gardens

09/02/2010

Mushroom Crate Gardens In 2008 the Chelsea Award winnning nursery The Cottage Herbery joined in a schools and families project in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. The town of Tenbury was celebrating its 150th Annual Show. Schools, children's centres and community groups worked together to create all kinds of wonderful things for the show. Several primary schools in the area took part in a growing project with Kim Hurst from The Cottage Herbery, to create mini gardens in mushroom crate...

Growing Wheat Seeds

Growing Wheat Seeds

19/04/2009

Growing Wheat Seeds The Grain Chain website has a lesson plan which runs over two sessions to explore growing wheat seeds. The lessons explore what is needed to make a seed grow, and encourages observation over several days to see what happens to the seeds. Industry sponsored. Here are the two parts of the lesson plans: Lesson One Lesson Two...

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