Here is our list of 10 bonus ideas for the month. A nice mix of the outside and fun things to do inside. See how you can GROW.
1. Go outside with no shoes on and walk about. Enjoy feeling connected with the earth. Walking on dewy grass in the morning can feel particularly satisfying.
2. Go into your garden and listen. Close your eyes. What can you hear?
3. Go outside and BREATHE. Take some huge deep breaths and suck in the fresh air. Let it wake you up and invigorate you. Windmill your arms round slowly as you do it and feel your lungs expand.
4. Paint pebbles. Find a cool rock and paint it! Acrylic paint works best as it is waterproof, or you can use normal paint and varnish it or add a layer of nail varnish afterwards. This is a great way of decorating your garden or getting involved in ‘rocking’ (when you paint rocks and then hide them for strangers to find). There is an awesome facebook group ‘Love on the Rocks’ which you may like to get involved with: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1261041450616946/
5. Make a cress head. These are quick and fun to make and the cress starts growing quickly so it is satisfying! Use an empty egg shell with the top removed or a small pot eg. an empty yogurt pot. Draw a fun face on the side of the shell / pot. Wet a little kitchen roll and put in the bottom of the egg shell / pot. Next wet some cotton wool and put it inside the shell or pot. Leave a gap of at least 1 cm between the top of the shell / pot and the top of the cotton wool. Put some cress seeds onto the cotton wool and press down gently. Place it somewhere sunny and keep it moist. When the cress grows, cut it off and eat it!
6. Bug hunt. A bug hunt can take you into the darker and wilder parts of the garden that are often overlooked. Often insects, creatures, nature etc thrives where humans do not clean and tidy. Two easy ways to do this …. 1. Get an old sheet or pillowcase and put it underneath a tree or bush. Shake the branch and see what falls off! 2. Lots of minibeasts like to live in damp places. Lift plant pots, stones, peek into cracks … see what you can find!
7. Spring clean. Children love buckets of soapy water, a hose or a cloth to wipe things down. Why not get the family washing plant pots or scrubbing benches, cleaning their garden toys... This is great 'outdoor' fun that can easily lead to other things....
8. Make a bug hotel. Super easy, and heaps of fun. There are tons of pictures/help online as to what to build, although, with bug hotels, the beauty lies in the creative freedom to make whatever you want with the materials you can find. Even an old flowerpot stuffed with straw and placed on top of a bamboo cane fixed in the ground will attract bugs etc.
9. Create a memory box for growing up. You could simply do it over a weekend or even a day. Collect bits from places you go and add in a few pics and the kids can do a drawing or a diary entry about the day / weekend. This can be put in a special box which you can add to if and when you fancy.
10. Enjoy your family snaps. Looking back at old photos is fun and kids love to see how they have grown. It is also great to delve further back and share pictures of parents and grandparents from when they were children. You can’t beat a bit of family history 😊