Saving seed - a great project for children

Saving seed is a great thing to do at the end of the summer, and we have saved enough seed to give away to friends and family, 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…

Growing salad - quick crops for children

Growing salad leaves gives the kids a sense of ownership. The seeds can be watered and observed every day from indoors, and they will be pleased to see lots of…

How to make a welly boot vase - great projects for children

My three-year-old seemed bemused at first by the idea of using one of his wellies as a vase, but his older brother found it rather funny. I cut a plastic…

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

My youngest son (aged three) helped his brother (aged six) to stuff and dress the scarecrow, but he was better suited to making a simple bird scaring mobile from a…

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…