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Gardening is a fun and engaging way to teach your children about where a lot of our food comes from. We’ve gathered some of our best tips for easy gardening activities for kids and some simple family recipes to use the food you grow for tasty meals.

Top gardening activities for kids

If you’re looking for some awesome garden activities for toddlers and children that will get them outdoors and growing, we’ve got you covered. Here are some examples of what you and your little ones can get up to in the garden:

  • Upcycle old plastic containers and pottles as plant pots. Use old Flora spread containers or milk bottles to create herb gardens with a variety of herbs perfect for many different meals.
  • Create sunflower plot people. Sunflowers are not only a perfect bright addition to your garden but can be a fun activity for younger kids. Turn their pots into bodies and add a smiley face to the centre of the flower.
  • Use old baby cream pots to create a bee hotel. Tie together straws or bamboo canes with string and place them inside the pot. Lay the pot on its side and pop it into a quiet place in your garden for bees to enjoy.
  • Use recycled materials to create a crop protector. This could be anything from butterflies with wings made of old plastic bags to giant dragonflies with bodies made from toilet roll cardboard. Add them to a stick and allow them to blow in the wind as an alternative to the traditional scarecrow.

Cooking using produce from your garden: ideas for kids

Cooking your own produce is a great way to get children interested in cooking and understanding where their food comes from. Here are some of our favourite recipes that are easy to create with kids using produce you’ve grown in the garden together:

  1. From onions to herb garden staples like thyme and rosemary, you can create this hearty chicken stew. A stew is the perfect warming comfort food on cool evenings, and it’s a nice, easy recipe to make with kids.
  2. Green beans are easy to grow in your garden and make the perfect addition to a Thai vegetable red curry. This recipe is a lovely, healthy way to get lots of vegetables, vitamins and nutrients into your children (just go easy on the spice)!
  3. Pasta is a firm favourite with most kids, so why not create an amazing tuna pasta salad using homegrown pepper and sweetcorn, or whatever veg you’ve got growing in your patch?
  4. It doesn’t have to just be savoury meals you cook up with your homegrown produce. You could also try baking recipes such as:

Now you have some simple family gardening activities and tasty recipes to use your homegrown produce, you can be sure to have fun and educate your children, too.