Learn about which bugs and insects are good for your garden and how to attract them.
Check out these videos or search for books about bugs at your library.
If you have a garden work together as a family to create your own scarecrow to ward off unwelcome critters. Be creative!
Search through your child’s DVD/ video collection (or visit your local library before hand or the Video Store) to find your child’s favourite shows with gardens in them.
For young children try to find an episode of:
· Fifi and the Flower Tots
For older kids try the movie:
· The Secret Garden. There is a picture book The Secret Garden, illustrated by Mary Collier, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Harper Collins, 1998) that is basically a summary of the novel.
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Q: Why did the gardener plant seeds in the pond?
A: He wanted to grow watermelon.
Make Garden Tea/Sun Tea:
Put loose tea leaves (and if you want mint leaves) into mason jars. Seal and let the sun heat them up. We made one with mint, one had the tea loose, the others had tea in biodegradable tea bags. After brewing for a few hours put them in the fridge to cool. Strain out the leaves or remove the bags and mint and enjoy with a reusable straw!
Water the Plants:
Q: What did one rose say to the other?
A: "Hi Bud".
Make a Scarecrow:
You don't need a yard to grow plants, nor do you need a "green thumb." If you want a plant that is easy to care for and requires little water try some succulents. There are so many unique varities. Ask a local greenhouse to help set up you with what you need.
What bugs can you find in your yard or garden or local park? Which ones are benefical?
Go for a walk as a family and see what you can find. Print out a Bug Bingo Sheetto turn this into a game.
If you have a garden or containers of plants already growing encourage your child to help you water (and weed) them.
You can find many free colouring pages online by using your favourite search engine and typing in “Garden Colouring Page” or “Flower Colouring Page” or “Vegetable Colouring page” or print out my “What’s in Your Garden Colouring Page” and have your children draw their own plants above and below ground.
Q: What flower grows between your nose and your mouth?
A: Two Lips
Q: What kind of beans can't grow in a garden?
A: Jelly Beans.