Updated: Jun 6
Happy 'Half Term'!? At least the sun is shining for us again this week! As it is 'National Children's Gardening Week' and recently becoming a big fan of Gardeners World, I thought it would be nice to share some activities from the NCGW website. Children love growing plants, love being in the garden but they’re often impatient, wanting to see instant results. National Children’s Gardening Week aims to capture children’s enthusiasm at a time when results are immediate. To celebrate the week, you will find some NCGW activities in the blog below and many more over on the weekly themed Pinterest board: "Week 9: How does your garden grow?"
In between crocheting, admin and Netflix, I have become a new fan of Monty Don on Gardener's World! He's speaks a lot about the benefits of gardening and mental health and the enjoyment of being outside and watching your garden grow. Since being back at my Mum's for lockdown, I have really loved sitting with a coffee in the garden and watching the plants uncurl and different blooms of colours appear. Inspired by Monty Don's episode a few weeks ago, I've ordered a vegetable trough to give home grown veg a go! I'm really excited about the arrival of my new lockdown friend and learning all about growing my own veg and sharing the activity with my little niece when she's finally allowed to visit us again!
National Children's Gardening week have a lot of activities on their website and are sharing daily competitions on their Facebook page. I suggest giving their page a 'like' to keep up to date with year round garden fun for all the family.
Have fun, stay safe and enjoy your garden!
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These lovely grass caterpillars were part of a competition NCGW held at a few weeks ago - Aren't they lovely! Click here and follow the simple instructions to make yours!
Maybe you can find out your book of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and read that too!
How does your garden grow?
In between crafting, I love reading to children. I recently bought a lovely Usborne 'How things grow' sticker book for my niece. She loves adding the stickers as we read all about what we find in the garden. Another great garden themed book in Dr Seuss, 'Oh Say can you Seed.' The rhythm and rhyme of Dr Seuss books are always wonderful. For more books inspired by the garden click here.
Did you know?
I have shared lots of 'child-friendly vegetable garden' ideas on the Pinterest board. You don't need to have a huge space to start growing veg, have a look at the pins I've saved and feel inspired!
You can also visit the Gardeners World website for lots of tips on growing your own veg.
Make your own fairy garden
Did anyone visit Lotherton Hall last Christmas? I took my little niece on a special day out to visit their 'Christmas Extravaganza' and they had created the most magical fairy garden in the woodlands. We stood for ages looking at the little houses and listening to the twinkling and fairy giggles - I hope they'll be able to do it again this year!
NCGW have suggested painting plant pots to create fairy houses, which is a lovely idea. Click here to find out how they painted theirs. I once created my own 'Build your own Fairy Garden' kit when my two older nieces were younger. I bought them both beautiful fairies, fairy lights and collected lots of little twigs and foliage to create their own fairy garden in a plant pot. You'll find more fairy garden ideas on the Pinterest page.
I think this activity will always be an absolute classic, an always an absolute winner! Save your egg shells and make your Cress head family! Click here to find out how NCGW made theirs.
I hope you all have a lovely half term and enjoy your week in the garden. If you are looking for more inspiration, please visit Weekend Nannies weekly themed Pinterest page: Week 9: How does your garden grow?
We miss Baby & Toddler groups!
I'm sure many of you are really missing your routine whether it's the child-care or the baby & toddler groups you got used to going to?
Whether it's baby sensory or music time, I have some links that may help!
Early years music:
If you enjoyed the 'Weekend Nannies Presents' music sessions via our Youtube channel, you can now find Alice Phelps and other musicians over on 'Back Chat Kids' a platform where musicians from across the UK are going to be sharing fun and interactive Early Years videos via zoom. Please click here to find out how to sign up.
Early years sensory play:
If you are looking for baby sensory inspiration and other ideas for older children, visit Sophie Pickles Facebook page, where she shares lots of lovely activities and also hosts Facebook Live's for parents at home with babies. If only I had a baby to look after I would be joining too!
If you have enjoyed my blog, please follow Weekend Nannies on our social media platforms to keep up to date with what we are up to! You can also visit my Pinterest page, where I will be sharing a themed board every week with lots of other ideas and inspiration!
Have fun, stay safe & keep your distance!
Weekend Nannies specialises in temporary child care and provides a professional nanny service for weekends, weddings, holidays and any other event where you may need a hand with child care. Please contact Charlotte Clay to see how Weekend Nannies can help!
Our wedding and event packages can include anything from an 24 hr nanny, to a themed creative kids area and party bags. Please email for more information.