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An Activity for Children : Garden at home

Green Tips

Gardening is an excellent way to keep the children occupied, always and especially in this time of social distancing. Whether you have a large garden, a small terrace or even an apartment without a balcony, there is always a way to plant and bring a little Nature into the lives of your children.

Gardening is the perfect place for learning: it teaches about the passage of time, the seasons, and the life cycle of the plant. But we know that gardening needs to hold their attention, so it must grow quickly and there must be a visible, fun result. Read on to find out about a few of our favourite nature activities for the whole family!

Activités enfants, jardiner à la maison

A small sowing tray ...

Empty egg cartons, a little soil, seeds… It doesn't take much to have fun!  ! Choose some fast-growing seeds. Radishes, broad beans, dried beans, lentils, chickpeas lend themselves very well to planting with children because their evolution from seed to growth and then to fully grown is rapid and requires little care – only a little water to it progress each day. Certain flowers, such as nasturtiums or calendulas can also grow quickly and can be served as decoration on salads or desserts.

Don't have a planter? Plant the seedlings in egg boxes! A little earth, coffee grounds, and voila. You can then plant the container directly into a pot when the seeds have germinated.

 

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You could also consider recycling your leftover vegetables to create new plantations.

If you keep the roots of the leek and cut them to retain a ‘small hat’ with all the root hairs, then simply replant it in a little soil. In 2 weeks, your child should see a leek growing. Once fully grown, chop, and include in a yummy quiche !

Do you have some potatoes sprouting in your vegetable drawer? Direct them also to the planter to grow even more !

Radishes, stars of the field on the plate

Radishes are a great plant to get your child interested in gardening. In just 18 days of planting Radishes, the seeds will germinate, and leaves will appear on the shoots. You will have to water them a little each day, and thin the crop, if necessary, to allow the radishes to fully develop … and after 3 - 4 weeks you can taste the radishes. And if the bulbs have not developed well? Don’t worry, the leaves and tops can garnish a delicious soup or could make a peppery pesto.

Lentils

This activity might not have an edible conclusion but why not try to make the ultimate vegetable friends.

Take a pinch of lentils and soak them overnight in a ramekin. The next day, put a little soil at the bottom of an empty eggshell, place the lentils and cover them with 2 mm of moist earth. After just two days, the first tender, green shoots come out. Then they keep growing. So quickly that the children will be fascinated to see nature fast at work. In no time, and after a few daily waterings, your vegetable friends will have some crazy green hair!

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Eat strawberries and cherry tomatoes

Easy to grow, even in apartments, strawberries and cherry tomatoes are a must for children. You can easily find plants already loaded with fruit at the supermarket or in open garden centres. Soak each plant in a little water and plant it in the centre of a pot about 30 cm in diameter - filled with potting soil and lined with clay balls. Place a stick deeply into the soil next to the young plant and attach the plant to the stick with string. Then place the plant in a sunny place. Charge your child with watering the plant, the soil must be moist without being soggy. Thus empowered, they will only be so proud to serve their own harvest onto the plates of their family.

You can also choose to grow a basil or mint plant – with the leaves you can garnish any meal or desert.

Take the Potatoes Challenge

I don’t know about you, but we love potatoes. If you have a little space on your balcony, embark on the adventure of growing them yourself, it's easy.

Any potatoes that might be sprouting in your vegetable drawer put them into a container for safe keeping, they are ready to be planted.

Place approx. 30 cm of soil into a geotextile bag or a planter, then place in a sunny place and sheltered from the rain - a windowsill does the trick. Place the sprouted potatoes upwards at an equal distance from each other and push them down into the soil as high as a fist. Pour a very generous amount of water over your crop. Then instruct your child to water each day so that the soil stays moist without being soggy. After a few days, shoots should emerge from the ground. Once they’ve reached about 8 inches, add another 10 cm layer of soil and repeat this operation every three weeks. After about three months the plant will flower then will wilt. At this point, stop watering and wait a week before harvesting! To do this, empty the planter onto a plastic sheet, and within the earth hide delicious potatoes ready to eat!

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Without forgetting a little magic…

Once your seeds are planted? Have a little fun decorating your mini garden! With wooden sticks, create labels to identify your child's crops.

If you’ve planted the seedlings in eggshells? Don’t forget to draw eyes or put stickers onto your eggs to make some funny faces. You can create a green city by cutting out a few cardboard tubes as suggested in the tutorial offered by Klorane Botanical Foundation in its botanical activities:

https://www.kloranebotanical.foundation/en/be-greened-city.

Use the Playmobil and Lego figures to create scenes with your children to allow their imagination to flourish. And the little garden comes to life !

Create a vegetable logbook

To keep track of all these botanical successes, suggest that your child make a gardening notebook: record the plantings together, follow the germination of the seeds, let your child draw the seedlings, the adventures of their plants, and stick leaves into the pages to create a herbarium. Or you could take a photo every day to document the growth. Even keep a record of the recipes created with your crops !

 

Find all the advice from the Klorane Botanical Foundation to create this notebook here and other activities : 

 

https://www.kloranebotanical.foundation/en/botanical-activities

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