It may be a bit chilly outside! But if it’s not raining, throw on your jacket and scarf and get into the garden! Even though it’s winter there is still plenty to do in the garden, and it’s a great way to keep the kids busy and entertained, while also teaching them some great skills.

Below are 5 fun activities to try with your kids in the garden this winter:

1.  Garden

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Now this may seem like a really obvious answer, but at this time of year it can be hard to know exactly what to do in the garden. The mud may be mushy and the flowers all gone, but there’s loads of veges and herbs that can be planted and grown throughout the cold months. Here are some suggestions:

  • lettuce
  • leeks
  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • savoy cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • radish
  • rocket
  • rainbow chard
  • rhubarb
  • spring onions
  • turnips
  • coriander
  • thyme
  • rosemary

For more information view our How to Grow Winter Veges Guide here.

2. Paint Pots

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Find some old pots around home, or head down to Palmers and grab some cheap terracotta pots, lay a sheet out on the lawn or deck and get creative! The kids can paint pictures or designs, or write the names of the plants on the pots, the ideas are endless!

3. Make a Bird Feeder

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Keep your neighbourhood birds happy and make a bird feeder to hang in your garden. Get the kids to make the feeder then let them watch all the different birds come and munch! They can even keep a bird diary which records all the different birds they see and when they visited the garden. There are loads of different ways to make bird feeders and you can find some inspiration here.

4. Compost

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Composting may sound a little boring at first, but it is such a great way to make the most of household scraps, while also creating an awesome source of nutrients for your garden. Purchase a composting bin from any Palmers store, or build you own, and get the kids to start collecting their scraps – egg shells, fruit peel, old leaves, lawn clippings and more! Add them to the heap and watch it breakdown over time. When ready, get the kids to help distribute the compost over the garden and watch the plants thrive. For more information on making compost click here.

 

5. Make a Miniature Garden

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Miniature gardens are so much fun for kids (and adults!) and can keep you busy for hours. You can build a mini garden in just about any container (old pot, wheelbarrow, old bath, crate, vase, the garden – the list goes on!). Fill the container with soil then plant miniature plants such as hardy succulents, creeping ground cover and dainty herbs. Add pebbles and sand to create pathways, then make furnishings out of bits and bobs from around the home and garden. You can get loads of inspiration in our miniature garden Pinterest album here.

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