We’ve selected a few things to help setup a classroom garden, just in time for Spring.
It took a while to get here, but we think Spring might have arrived. It’s the time of year when seeds are sowed and gardens start growing. Gardening helps children understand where food comes from and how easy or difficult plants are to grow. It’s great for learning about the environment and understanding how the food we eat goes from a seed to our plates.
1. Healthy Caterpillar Grow Kit
If you’re teaching The Hungry Caterpillar this year, then this fun grow kit would be the perfect addition to a sunny windowsill. It comes with seeds to get you started including tomatoes, lettuce, peas, sweetcorn, red pepper, beans and pumpkins. Once the plants are big enough, transfer to your school’s garden or a bigger pot.
2. Kids Gardening Tool Set
A lovely carry case containing all the tools needed for introducing children to gardening. All of the tools can be seen from the outside of the bag, so it’s easy to see if anything has gone missing or has been left behind in the garden.
3. Insect Lore Butterfly Garden
Start off with five caterpillars that over time grow into beautiful butterflies. You can monitor them during the summer, before releasing them while it’s still mild outside. You can then buy more next year and reuse all the equipment.
4. Gardening Projects for Kids Book
Over 60 indoor and outdoor projects for growing fruit and vegetables, making crafts and encouraging wildlife to visit. Suitable for ages 5-12.
5. Big Bug Magnifying Jar
Get a closer look at bugs with the help of a 3x magnifying glass that sits in the lid of the jar. There are no air-holes in it so it’s not a suitable home for permanent creepy crawly residents.
Also, if you wanted to attract some birds to your school’s garden, check out this post from the RSPB about providing the right kinds of food.