Activities

Sunflower with face

Making sunflower pot people

Bright, sunny sunflowers look lovely in a pot. You can make them look even more cheerful by painting the pot and giving them a smiley face. For quick results, use dwarf sunflower seeds, but if you want to grow a pot person that’s taller than you, use other varieties and a bigger pot.

Make a bee hotel

Make a bee hotel

Honeybee numbers are falling, so by giving them a home you'll be encouraging nature into your garden and helping bee populations.

Make a pressed flowers frame

Make a pressed flowers frame

The garden is looking colourful at this time of the year, so take a bag and collect some fallen petals and flowers to make into a beautiful photo frame. You could take a photograph of your garden to put inside the frame.

Make a wind kite

Make a kite

Make a kite to use and enjoy the breezes in your garden or local park.

Whacky animal vegetables!

Whacky animal vegetables

Be creative and get the whole family to make some whacky animals from fruit and vegetables!

Make a butterfly crop protector

Make a butterfly crop protector

Design and make a fantastic insect crop protector to keep the birds away from your plants.

Make cards for snap

Make cards for snap

Collect pairs of similar looking petals, flowers or leaves and use them to make a set of snap cards to play with.

Make lovely lavender bags

Make lovely lavender bags

As the summer ends, collect some lavender flowers and dry them to make lavender bags. They smell lovely and are great to give as presents.

Weave a sculpture from a twig

Weave a sculpture from a twig

Collect a forked twig or small branch from the ground when you are out on an autumn walk and use it to make some a super sculpture.

Make a garden diary

Make a garden diary

Use your garden diary to write or draw things you notice in your garden each month.

Make an eye guard for a cane

Make an eye guard for a cane

Some flowers and vegetables will need canes to support them as they grow. The end of the cane can be dangerous for your face or eyes as you bend over to look after your plants. You can create a variety of eye guards to protect yourself - it's easy if you follow our instructions below.

Drinking trays for birds

Drinking trays for birds

Birds in your garden need access to clean water all year round, but especially when the weather turns cold and water turns to ice. Use the instructions below to make a drinking tray for small birds.

Play conkers

Play conkers

Conkers is a great game to play with your family and friends.

Make a scarecrow

Make a scarecrow

Now that you are sowing lots of vegetable crops, why not make a scarecrow to frighten away birds from the new plants as they start to grow?

Investigate what’s in bird seed

Investigate what’s in bird seed

Have you ever wondered what is in bird seed? Why don’t you do this fun experiment to find out?

Remember that some bird food has nuts in, so avoid this activity if you have a nut allergy.

Make a measuring stick to grow plants

Make a measuring stick to grow plants

Try making a measuring stick to use when you are sowing seeds in your garden. Plants need space to grow so they can get all the water, light and nutrients that they need to flourish. Different crops need different amounts of space between each plant that that they can grow strong.

Build a leaf compost bin

Build a leaf compost bin

Making your own compost is great fun and really good for your garden. You can make special compost out of leaves which is called leaf mould. This helps to improve soil, acts as a mulch (soil covering), and can be used in your own compost mixes.

Note: it’s best to use a bought compost for seed sowing as leaf mould may contain spores that can cause ‘damping off’. Leaf mould is best for older plants especially woodland plants. It is also good mixed with other composts for containers.

Be an animal detective

Be an animal detective

Find out which animals are visiting your garden at night.

Please note: This activity involves nuts, so please avoid if you have a nut allergy.

Make a pumpkin lantern

Make a pumpkin lantern

October is a great time to make a scary pumpkin lantern for Halloween. It’s a great activity for families to do together.

Make a Victorian Christmas decoration

Make a Victorian Christmas decoration

Victorian Christmas trees weren’t decorated with fairy lights and tinsel - people used candles, ribbons and orange pomanders. Have a go at making your very own Victorian tree decoration. Orange pomanders are really easy to make and smell fantastic!

Make mobiles out of ice

Make mobiles out of ice

Hang your icy mobile outside in your garden on a tree or near the window and watch as it gradually begins to melt. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try using different shapes and patterns to make a longer icy mobile!

Make a pencil holder using twigs

Make a pencil holder using twigs

Make this great pencil holder as a present or just for you to use.

Make a bird feeder

Make a bird feeder

It’s important to feed the birds in your garden as the weather gets colder. Remember that bird food often contains nuts, so avoid this activity if you have a nut allergy.

Make an alpine colander

Make an alpine colander

In the heat of summer, why not plant up an old colander with some Sempervivums and sedums? These clever plants have developed thick fleshy leaves which store water to survive just this kind of hot and sunny weather.

Use plants to dye eggs for Easter

Use plants to dye eggs for Easter

Make these beautiful decorated eggs for Easter using plants to make the eggs colourful.

Make super plant labels

Make super plant labels

Make some plant labels to use in your garden at home but don’t forget they need to be weatherproof! It’s great to make inside on a rainy day.

Make a crown from leaves or petals

Make a crown from leaves or petals

Make a natural crown decorated with petals and leaves to celebrate summer.

Make a super skittles game

Make a super skittles game

Make these super skittles to play with in the garden - how will you decorate them?

Make a pressed flower mobile

Make a pressed flower mobile

Enjoy time in the garden and make the space even prettier with this fun mobile inspired by nature.

Make a paper mache pumpkin

Make a paper mache pumpkin

Get a practice run for next month's Halloween and create a pumpkin for the windowsill.

Making a woodland scene

Make a woodland scene out of paper

As some trees begin to lose their leaves you can see the shape of their branches clearly. Look at the shapes carefully as you are out in the garden or on a walk to help you make this picture.

Leafy animals

Animal pictures made from leaves

Collect the last of the autumn’s lovely leaves to make some cool, leafy animal pictures. This activity can be done outside if you are on a walk, by placing the leaves on the ground and leaving your picture as a nice surprise for someone else, or by collecting leaves when you're outside and continuing the activity inside your home.

Make a cake for birds

Make a cake for birds

Give the birds in your garden a winter treat by making them some bird cake to eat. Warning: Bird seed often has nuts included so avoid this activity if you have a nut allergy.

Playing a tracking game

Make and follow a trail

You can play this game in your garden or in your local park or woodland. Get a group of family or friends and split into two teams: one team to lay the tracks and one to follow them.

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