We are very lucky to live near a nature spot filled with blackberries, alpine strawberries, sloes, grasses, wild flowers and much more. This week as part of the ‘Exploring Nature with Children curriculum that we follow we will be looking at seed dispersal with our kids. September is the perfect time in the UK for teaching children about how seeds are dispersed as there are lots of opportunities to witness it happening whilst out on a walk or whilst your doing a spot of gardening with the children.
As you may have already noticed, the early signs of autumn are appearing. This is the perfect time for both adults and children to take notice and see the changes as they progress. Whilst we have been gardening with the children and going on our nature walks we have noticed that the leaves on the trees are starting to turn.
This week we made a start on keeping a nature journal with our daughter, it’s been a dream of ours ever since she was born to teach her all about plants and to give her the knowledge to be able to identify specific plants that have beneficial uses. It is also important to us that we teach her and now our young son about what we call “no no plants”. Plants or part of a plant that we do not want our children to touch or eat as they can cause harm. This post will cover “no no”plants.
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.