Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas and every year it feels as if parents have to work harder to counter the effects of screen time on children. You won’t see any of these presents advertised on TV, yet they are as much part of childhood as the latest toy.
Packets of Seeds
Packets of seeds start at 99p so you can easily add a couple to your child’s stocking. If you buy them now it will save shopping for them in spring. Easy grow flower seeds include nasturtiums, cosmos, and sunflowers. Growing edible flowers works great with children. Have a look at the Higgledy Garden Shop’s Edible Flower Collection. It contains
- Sunflower. ‘Vanilla Ice’.
- Calendula Officinalis (Natural form)
- Cornflower. ‘Blue Boy’
- Dill ‘Mammoth’
- Climbing Nasturtium.
Membership of a Wildlife or Nature Organisation.
Many of National Organisations have junior memberships.
RSPB Wildlife Explorers
We like the RSPB Wildlife Explorers. It is not just about birds, but all UK animals and nature. It has 3 membership categories for 8s, 8-12 year-olds and teenagers, each for £18 per year. Every child is sent their own magazine, six times a year. My son just loves doing their competitions.
Woodland Trusts Nature Detectives
The Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives Club costs just £12 and includes three activity packs throughout the year.
The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts also run a junior membership called – Wildlife Watch – which has more than 150,000 members. If you care about nature and the environment and want to your children to explore local wildlife. You join through your local Wildlife Trust.
Mission: Explore FOOD
Your kids will be wowed by this book full of 159 food-related missions for children. Adults will learn a thing or two as well. I can do no better than to quote one of reviews on Amazon “This book is a must for all parents who enjoy an adventure with their children. So many fun things to do whilst children learn all about where their food comes from, how it’s grown and the importance of caring for the environment.”
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You can never have too many magnifying glasses. It is an essential item for viewing all those bugs and creepy crawlies in the garden and out and about. We like the type which retract back into a cover so the handle doesn’t break. Guess wha,t you can buy these from our very own Kidsinthegardenshop. Pop over and see our other outdoorable gifts.
When did your children last play hopscotch, a great game even for the winter. If you have a bundle of chalk readily available next time they are outside and wanting ideas what to do you’ll have the solution. A great Christmas stocking present.