Activities for All

Activities for All are fun activities for everyone to take part in!

Click on the headings below for more information and useful, downloadable documents.

Gardening with Children: Growing Cress

Growing cress is easy and fun!

Cress germinates and grows within a week or two, therefore children can see the whole journey from growing seeds to eating fresh food on their plates. In this video, Adam shows you how to grow cress at home by using and reusing everyday household items.

Gardening with Children

Children can learn so much by spending time outdoors and connecting with nature!

In this video, Adam shows you three fun activities to enjoy in your garden this half-term – sowing seeds, building a bug hotel and making seed bombs.

Butterfly Feeders

Attract beautiful and colourful butterflies to your garden by making your own butterfly feeders.

Watch the video below or use this downloadable resource to learn how to make a variety of butterfly feeders and identify the butterflies visiting your garden using our helpful identification guide.

Runner Beans

Runner beans are delicious, nutritious, easy to grow and they can produce a large crop in a small area. The bright orange flowers of runner bean plants are great for pollinators too, so you’re likely to see bumblebees and other pollinating insects visiting your garden.

This activity will help you learn how to grow runner beans as well as how to support them using a variety of structures.

Snowdrops

Flowering when little else will, snowdrops are a welcome sight at the height of winter and are a sign that spring is on its way.  Snowdrops are perennial plants (they grow year after year) and they vary in height, flower size and shape and sometimes colours.

In this activity, learn how to make your own snowdrop cupcakes at home.

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a sweet treat best enjoyed with a cup of tea, and baking them is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

In this video, Rebecca from Arty Cooks teaches you how to make tasty carrot cupcakes.

Recipe available here.

 

Easy Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to single-use, disposable food storage.

You can use them instead of cling-wrap to cover food and keep it fresh, they’re also reusable and can easily be refreshed if the wax starts to wear.

Fun and Frolics with Nature

Games are important to children, this set of activities encourages children to learn to recognise plants, know their names and look out for them.

The knowledge that the children have obtained while playing will stay with them into adulthood and continue to be taught to future generations of children.

The Daily Nature Discovery Walk

Transform your daily walk into an exciting Nature Discovery Walk.  Become a nature detective spotting, recording and gathering natural treasures.  Pack essentials on the walk to become an intrepid explorer.  April, May and June are perfect months to watch and discover nature unfold, each day is different.  

Build your own Bee Hotel

Did you know that the majority of bees are queen-less, don’t produce honey and don’t live in colonies or hives?

These bees are called solitary bees, and we have over 250 different species in the UK, some of which you may have heard of; leafcutter bees, mining bees and mason bees to name a few. These bees are fantastic pollinators, however they are much less known than honeybees and bumblebees. They are not aggressive at all and so we should be encouraging them in our gardens.

To help support populations of solitary bees in your garden you can create your own bee hotel where you can watch the life cycle of these fascinating creatures. It truly is an amazing thing to see a little bee carrying materials to make a nest all by herself.

Teddy Bears Picnic and Dandelion Glitter

The Garden’s Education Officer, Rebecca, has compiled a couple of fun-filled activities to do in the garden.


Autumn and Winter Activities

Conkers

For decades children have played with conkers.

Nothing compares to the satisfaction of scrunching around in amongst the large lobed leaves under a great arching horse chestnut tree looking for treasured conkers on an autumn day.

In this resource, learn some fun games and activities you can enjoy using conkers.

Making a Hedgehog Home

Recent estimates put the hedgehog population in Wales, Scotland and England at about one million, compared with 30 million in the 1950s. – BBC News

Introducing a hedgehog home to your garden will provide a safe place for hedgehogs to hibernate over the winter months.  Learn how to build your own hedgehog home using recycled materials with this fun activity.