Keeping the kids busy in the garden

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Sunshine and energy creates smiles and endless fun for a family day.

Spend the day outdoors with your children enjoying these garden-inspired craft projects that will keep them busy, while connecting with nature on the cusp of summer:


Make a bonnet with blooms

Help your kids make colourful bonnets with flowers perfect for a spring celebration. Let them find and pick their favourite flowers, help them play around and plan a design, and see them beam with pride when they put on their own creations.

You’ll need:

  • summer hat with a wide brim
  • a length of wide ribbon in any colour
  • florist wire, raffia, or twine
  • fresh flowers from your garden


  • Cut a variety of your favourite flowers, herbs, and twigs in different colours and sizes from your garden. Remember to leave a longer stem. Help your children handle the secateurs, they are very sharp!
  • Play around with the flowers and greenery by making small bunches and arranging them in a row to find a design they like.
  • Cut some stems shorter and leave others long to give the spring bonnet a whimsical look.
  • Tie your flowers onto the ribbon with florist wire, raffia, or twine.
  • Tie the ribbon with your flower design around an old summer hat with a wide brim to create a beautiful spring bonnet ideal for a Garden party.

Plant a veggie garden!

Veggie patches are a great addition to a garden for all the family, but for kids, they are a particularly fun project as they can watch their hard work pay off and (hopefully) taste what they grow. You’ll want to pick fruits and veggies that are easy to grow and germinate quickly considering the short attention span of most kids. Courgettes, tomatoes, carrots, lettuces and micro salads are all good options.

And even if you don’t have copious amounts of space to plant up a kitchen garden you could just plant up some seeds in window boxes or containers. You can even grow some fruits and vegetables in hanging baskets if floor space is really tight.


Create a flowery butterfly 

Go on a treasure hunt around the garden to collect flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colours for this Garden Day-inspired butterfly project. Keep your little ones busy collecting, cutting, drawing, and sticking to create a beautiful work of art in celebration of spring.

You’ll need:

  • cardboard offcuts
  • white paper and a marker or a printout of a butterfly
  • a stick of glue
  • flowers and twigs from the garden
  • child-friendly scissors
  • an assortment of bowls or containers
  • a butterfly or bug outline, which you can download here


  • Collect flowers in all colours and sizes from the garden. Download Candide, a garden community app, to help the kids identify the different names of the flowers they collect. Candide is free for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
  • Help your children cut the petals into various bowls. They will use the petals to decorate the butterfly wings.
  • Use the blank paper and black marker and help your child draw the outline of a butterfly. Or find one online and print it out.
  • Stick the paper onto a large enough cardboard offcut as a base.
  • Help your children choose and stick the petals to decorate the wings in their own unique style.
  • Use any left-over pieces of cardboard and create more flower patterns.



Do be careful when choosing plants for your backyard if your kids are going to be playing out there all the time. Always avoid plants that are poisonous or are known skin irritants. Common garden favourites to steer clear of are lily of the valley, daffodils, and foxgloves.

Less common varieties to steer clear of are Daphne, which has poisonous berries, and Euphorbia, because its stems ooze white sap when picked that is a nasty skin-irritant. Cherry laurel, mistletoe, rhubarb leaves, laburnum, delphinium should also be avoided. This is not an extensive list, so it is best to double-check before buying anything. Plants such as fuchsias, clematis, begonias and busy lizzies are safe choices.




It’s always good to support the local wildlife when it comes to garden activities for kids. This charming idea from the National Garden Scheme only requires wild bird seed, peanut butter, apples, scissors and a knife.

Simply slice the apples, cover a section of each slice in peanut butter, and then dip in birdseed so it sticks. Once done, you can hang them in a tree or bush for the birds to enjoy, and why not make a note of which bird species enjoy it the most?


Make an insect hotel!

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