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National Children's Gardening Week

National Children's Gardening Week

The 28th May marks the beginning of National Children’s Gardening Week! The week helps to celebrate the fun that gardening holds for kids, but there’s no limit on who can partake. Our friends over at Teacher's Pet have a whole host of amazing resources to help bring the garden to life for your class. 

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Classroom Resources

If you’re looking for resources for your classroom to help celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week, look no further than the examples below to help you get a taste of what's available.

Inspire children to grow their own fruit and vegetables in the classroom or garden with this printable mini handbook! This wonderful mini book contains advice and steps on how to grow: lettuce, tomatoes, cress, cucumbers, strawberries, and sugar snap peas. Children can keep track of what they have planted by using the blanks logbook on the back page of the booklet.


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This wonderful Famous Gardens Around the World PowerPoint features amazing, detailed pictures of several famous gardens from around the world – all with imaginative and distinct designs to discuss with the class. After viewing the PowerPoint, children have the challenge of writing ad if they were either a journalist, a blogger, or a garden festival judge.


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Explore poetry with this creative activity pack. Containing four different activities, one for each of the seasons. Each sheet shows a garden scene within the season of winter, spring, summer, or autumn. Suggested adjectives are listed under each picture to help children with creating a story or poem to match the image.


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More about Teachers Pet 

Helping to bring classrooms to life since 2010, Teacher's Pet was created to provide unique and engaging classroom content and everything a teacher could need all under one roof. With over 350,000 happy teachers (and counting) downloading fab content and resources, teachers can save time and gain real inspiration on a huge range of topics suitable across the curriculum. Find out more. 

Looking for even more inspiration, why not check out our Outdoor learning and play range to see a wide range of exciting products that can take the fun of learning outside or try out these exciting crafts!

Creative Ideas and Crafts

So, let’s get the creativity flowing! Why not try some of these fun and simple ideas during Children’s Gardening Week…

Snail Racetrack

Why not try to create a snail racetrack? If outside, a white line can help children visualise a road. But you can use other materials too. You could make a drag race or even a circuit race!

Make a Hedgehog Hut

With bricks or blocks, wooden planks, logs and branches, shrubbery, foliage and hedgehog feed, children can create their very own hedgehog hut. In a quiet location of the garden, construct the walls with an entrance and cover the hut with foliage, branches, and shrubbery so it’s nice and dark for the hedgehogs. Fill the hut with leaves and shrubbery so they’re nice and comfortable with food.

Pinecone Bird Feeder

A Pinecone Bird Feeder is a fantastic idea for bringing birds into the garden. For this one, you’ll need dry pinecones, birdseed, raisins and peanuts, grated cheese, suet or lard, a mixing bowl, scissors, and some string. Warm up the suet or lard to temperature, and then cut it up and mix it in a bowl with the raisins, peanuts, cheese, and birdseed. Tie the pinecones together using the string and then press the mixture tightly into the pinecones. Set in the fridge for around an hour, and then hang them high up in your garden for the birds to eat.

Homemade Suncatcher

Get creative with colourful homemade suncatchers, perfect for the summer season! You’ll need ice lolly sticks (4 per suncatcher), pipe cleaners (1 per suncatcher), a glue stick, coloured tissue paper, wax paper, and scissors. Stick the lolly sticks together to make a square frame, then create a handle by tying the pipe cleaner around one of the edges. Using wax paper, trace the frame with a pen and then cut the paper to fit, it needs to stick to all 4 edges of the frame. Cut the tissue paper with child-friendly scissors into patterns and images or shapes. Stick the patterns to the wax paper in the pane and hang your suncatcher in the sunniest place in the garden.