The summer holidays can be stressful if you’ve got children and they get bored. Bickering will quickly set in. It is beyond most household budgets to go on expensive outings…

How to make crystallised flowers

Crystallised flowers make marvellous cup cake toppers, says Katherine Miller There are many edible flowers available but we have used violas, which are perfectly safe to eat. Wash the flowers…

Garden games for children - great holiday projects

We had our own sports day in the garden with a ‘welly race’ and a ‘sack race’, and made some simple small games for everyone to play, says Katherine Miller…

Growing sunflowers with children - a great kids project

There’s a lot of chanting in our house: “First the worst, second the best, third the one with the hairy chest…” (I try and come 4th to escape the hairy…

Water fun - safe water activities for children

Messing about with water is great fun, and although every parent is aware that just 2in (5cm) of water can be a danger to a toddler, there are lots of…

How to make a scarecrow and a bird scarer - a great project for children

For several nights, the unfinished, faceless body of a scarecrow laying in the dining room made me jump out of my skin, so I was pleased when we put his…

Sowing cress seed with small children

My two-year-old enjoyed finding tiny containers (his toy cars!) in which to grow his cress seeds, and he was delighted to see it sprouting the very next day. Tips on…

Companion planting - a good lesson for children

Companion planting shows how plants can work together to do a good job, demonstrating how valuable teamwork can be. The children planted nasturtiums with runner beans to lure aphids away…

Getting kids out in the fresh air, away from televisions and computers can be tricky. However this idea is one my kids say they want to enjoy every day of…

How to plant runner beans with kids

To brighten up our vegetable patch, the boys have painted some bamboo canes with leftover shed paint. Grandad recommends soaking the runner bean seeds overnight in water to help germination,…