Late summer plants

What can I grow in the garden during late summer?

Late summer to early autumn is the perfect time to get plants established to see full growth next year. I am of course not talking about annual plants for the spring but the biennials and perennials which will get their root growth done in the ideal conditions now to become strong healthy plants come early next year. This will also be a useful experience for kids to see how their annual plants will die but what we plant now will grow back after the winter. So what are some fun plants for kids to get started now? Well there are plenty of options you can pick up from a garden centre or start from seed but I will list some of the easier plants to grow. Late Summer Biennials and Perennials
Perfect Late summer plants for gardening with children.

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Clay nature art

Making art in the garden with the children

A few weeks back, our daughter really enjoyed making Nature Faces at forest school. She used clay, bits of grass, sticks, flowers and anything that was found around the forest to create these cute little forest friends. Last week we decided that we would go on a nature scavenger hunt to collect materials to create some nature art for our own garden.

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Butterflies in the UK

Did you know there are 59 species of butterfly in the UK and that they are one of the most threatened groups of wildlife?
Sadly, UK wildlife on a whole is in decline, of the more noticeable is the butterflies. Their beautiful colours and aerobatics are a noticeable part of a British summer. It is an appreciation of these creatures I wish to pass to my children, one such way is taking my children out to explore for insects and see which butterflies we can spot. Naturally this is easier for some more than others, certainly than for those living in built up areas. There are however things everyone can do to peak a childs’ interest.

Red Admiral, Common Blue butterflies.
Whilst out on a nature walk with the children we were lucky to spot a Red Admiral, Common Blue and a Small Copper butterfly.

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Minibeast Hunt

Why do children love minibeasts?

Is it just me or do Minibeasts and children go hand in hand? These tiny little creatures and the world they live in are a source of fascination for the inquisitive, curious minds of our children. Being outdoors and investigating the insect/bug world is a fantastic activity for children’s development. It can teach them so much from caring for the environment, being kind to living things to allowing them to use all their senses, record what they see and most importantly ask questions.

Minibeast activity sheet for children

We’ve put together a FREE Minibeast hunt sheet with some of the most common mini beast found in the UK. Next time you are gardening with the kids or taking a nature walk why not do this mini beast hunt and see how many you find.

Minibeast hunt activity sheet kinder

Please feel free to download by clicking the link below, go exploring with your kids and see how many you can find. Download here 

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