Like most 4 year old’s, my son Joe is never happier than when he’s spending time in the garden. And the good weather that we had at the beginning of June afforded us the perfect opportunity to spend lots of time having outdoors fun. The paddling pool came out, the football net was set up, and all manner of ride on toys finally emerged from the shed. We also got the time to indulge in a little bit of planting for a special Britmums challenge.
Britmums have teamed up with Money Supermarket.com to host a special challenge for those little ones with decidedly green fingers. Called the Kids Grow Wild gardening challenge, this offered a perfect opportunity for any budding Alan Titchmarsh’s or Charlie Dimmock’s to get digging, planting and growing their own plants.
We were sent a gorgeous little gardening kit from Little Pals that contained gardening gloves, a watering can, a mini spade and rake, and a selection of seeds, including that perenial child favourite, the sunflower. Joe was really excited about having his own tools and gardening gloves, and although these were a little big, he insisted on wearing them to do ‘his work’.
The great thing about planting and gardening with your child is that it is affordable fun. Seeds can be picked up cheaply from places like Poundland, and we got two huge bags of sale for less than £1.50 from Asda. Kids love being dirty, so messing in the soil is a great favourite activity, and also learns them about what things need to grow, Joe chatted animatedly whilst involved in the planting, but was also able to follow simple instructions like making little holes in the soil for the seeds.
The challenge was a lot of fun, and continues to do so. Joe has been watering his plants every day and is now excited as shoots are starting to show. There is a real sense of achievement in this, he keeps repeating ‘I’m making them grow’ and is very proud of the fact. He has also cleaned lots more garden pots and wants to plant more seeds, fostering a real interest in his garden as somewhere more than just the place he plays in.
This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge