6 Children’s Gardening Activities to Try Before the End of Summer

Children lying on grass and laughing, pointing at camera
Two Children in Striped Tops with Paper Flowers Lying on Grass
Pastel Bird Boxes Lined Up on Fence with Geraniums Growing

Soon summer will be coming to an end, but it’s not too late to have some family fun in the garden! At Fosseway, we believe that it’s never too early to get your children excited about growing and the great outdoors. So we’ve put together some fun and easy activities you can do with them before the summer is out.

All these projects can be done in any garden or allotment space.

1. Plant a Pizza Garden

This is a great way to get your kids excited about growing their own food and learning how food gets from ground to plate. You can plant and grow all your favourite pizza ingredients, from tomatoes and peppers to different herbs. Soon they’ll be munching on pizza made with what they’ve grown!

 

What you’ll need to get started:

  • A plot of soil or container
  • 6x different vegetables or herb seedlings (or more!)
  • Compost and top soil 

How to do it: 

You can grow your pizza garden in any shape, but for extra fun, why not make it a pizza? Place soil in a round shape, with six different sections for different types of plants. The bed will need about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, regular watering, and checking for pests. 

You may want to do the initial tilling and heavier work with pitchforks and other garden tools, while your children can help out mixing soil for seedlings. If they are old enough, your children can also trim the tips of herbs off with children’s scissors when the herbs are ready to be harvested.

2. Make a Flower Mobile

 

Pressed Flower Mobile with Leaves and Blossoms on Plastic and Wood Mobile

This is a beautiful way of immortalising summer flowers and plants. Pressing them and then putting them in plastic will mean you can display your blooms forever – and it’s an easy activity for children to do too.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • Collected flowers and/or leaves
  • Sticky tape
  • Clear plastic thread (such as fishing line)
  • Sticky back plastic
  • Cardboard
  • Hole punch

How to do it:

Click here for full instructions.

3. Make a Bird House or Feeder

There are lots of ways you can easily make a DIY bird feeder or house with your children today – you don’t even need to make it out of wood!

What you’ll need to get started:

  • An empty container – a plastic drinks bottle or large milk container works well
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Bird food

How to do it:

  • First, make a hole in the side of the container – an adult should do this, as the plastic can be sharp. The hole should be a circle or oval at about 8-9cm in size. 
  • You also ought to cut some holes out of the bottom of the container, so any rain that gets in can drain out.
  • You can also let your child decorate the outside of the bottle with acrylic paints, before it’s hung up. 
  • Fill the container with birdseed, then fix the strong string to the feeder and tie it on a tree or elsewhere. Remember, when hanging it, to place it out of the easy reach of cats or squirrels. 

4. Fill Lavender Bags

Lavender Sprigs Crushed in a Purple Bag with Ribbon

As the end of summer is upon us, you’ll be wanting to keep that sweet lavender fragrance, and you can even have it in your home!  Easily put together, they’ll bring a refreshing smell wherever you put them – it’s popular to put them in your clothes in closets, or in bedrooms. 

What you’ll need to get started:

  • Thin material which can be cut up
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Lavender sprigs
  • CD or plant pot to trace for a circle shape

How to do it:

  • Place the CD or plant pot template on to your material and draw around the template.
  • Cut out the circular shape with scissors.If using your own lavender flowers, take 10 flower sprigs and carefully pick off all the flower buds.
  • Spoon about a teaspoon of lavender flowers in the centre of the material. Wrap the material around the lavender to make a pouch or bag.
  • Tightly tie the bag with a 15cm length of ribbon.

5. Build a Bee Hotel

With the decrease in bee numbers, it’s important that bees have somewhere safe to go. Making a ‘bee hotel’ will encourage greater numbers of bees into your garden, which will be great not only for conservation, but so that your children will be able to spot and learn about them. It’ll also be helpful for pollinating the garden, and making your flowers beautiful!

What you’ll need to get started:

  • A plant pot about 9-15cm in size
  • Modelling clay
  • Plastic straws or bamboo canes (they just need to be hollow in the middle, so if these aren’t available, you can use twigs, logs with holes in them, bark, and even pine cones!)
  • String
  • Old wooden pallets

How to do it: 

  • Cut the straws, bamboo canes, and other hollow objects so that they fit the depth of the pot.
  • Tie the straws etc together with a piece of string.
  • Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the pot and stick the bundle in so that it doesn’t move.
  • Place the pot on its side in your garden. It’s best to put it near some flowers that bees love (e.g. lilac) so that they’ll be encouraged to move in.
  • You can repeat the process with more plant pots, and then place them all within an old wooden pallet to house more bees and other insects.

6. Create a Garden Scrapbook

Hands moving Pressed Flowers and Paint with a Scrapbook

 A handmade scrapbook, full of drawings, pressed leaves and more, is a great way to remember the summer. It will keep your children busy and it is a project they can keep coming back to – even in spring, or summer next year. Plus, everyone loves to draw!

What you’ll need to get started:

  • A scrapbook/large notebook
  • Old seed catalogues and packets
  • Sticky-backed plastic
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Felt pens and crayons
  • Camera*

*optional.


How to do it:

  • Get your children to draw a picture of themselves working in the garden on the first page, along with the date and their address. This will mean the book won’t get lost.
  • Now they can start to fill their scrapbook. Some ideas are:
    • Collecting leaves and plants to press them in their scrapbook. Use thin samples and help them to put sticky-backed plastic over them, and to label them.
    • Drawings of plants and flowers in the garden
    • Taking photographs of the garden (this you could help them with, or you could use a phone camera.)
    • Drawings and writing the names of different wildlife they see in the garden, from birds, to squirrels, hedgehogs, ladybirds, beetles, bees, caterpillars, frogs… the list goes on!
    • Stick in old seed packets of any seeds they/you have grown. You can give them old seed catalogues so they can cut out pictures of plants they like, or they want in their garden.
  • Why not start your own, and create one alongside your children?
Hopefully this list will inspire you and your children to keep being active and having fun in the garden until the end of the summer. If there’s an activity you love that’s not listed here, why not write to us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Fossewaygardencentre
We’d love to hear from you!
Photos and information taken from RHS.co.uk and BBC.co.uk.