Looking for ideas for gardening with grandchildren?
Do you have cherished memories of being in the garden with your grandparents? Or do you just wish you did (and sometimes feel envious when friends talk about their fun visits to grandparents filled with mud and seeds and splashing water)?
Whatever your motivation, getting your grandchildren out in to the garden with you can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both parties.You can teach any skill or concept in a garden, and it’s often lots of fun. Plus you get the added benefits of sunlight and time away from screens. Whether you enjoy growing your own, tending to flowers or looking after wildlife, there are so many lessons and experiences to share with your grandchildren.
The trick to getting the most out of time outdoors is to put in a little thought beforehand about how to make your activities suitable for their age and stage, go with the flow and follow their interest, and find ways to keep it interesting through the year.
In this booklet you will find a different seasonal activity to do each month, as well as suggestions for seasonal foods to try and links for extra resources. Print off the page for each month so you have it handy, to plan some fun together.
The download contains some useful general tips to make gardening with grandchildren successful, as well as a sheet for each month of the year which contains:
- A suggested main project to do on one of their visits
- Other gardening jobs to do together if time allows
- A link to our free video story of the month, set in a veggie patch, so you can enjoy it together and talk about the garden and the seasons when little legs need a break from the garden
- A list of foods that are in season this month so you can pick some out with your grandchild to explore and maybe even taste
- Some links to more in depth instructions or printables with lots of advice on making your activity child friendly, build in more learning and have more fun.
You can either keep the pdf in a phone or tablet so you can click on the pages and links as you need them. Or you can print off each month and the resources to go with them, as you go along, so you have everything you need to have fun that month without having to overthink.
You will also be given access to our weekly emails with more ideas for growing and cooking with children. You can opt out of these at any time if you don’t find them useful.