Winter is well and truly upon us, and that means hot chocolates and marshmallows while watching our favourite movies on the TV, wrapping up warm before bracing the freezing air and going ice skating. These are all lovely activities, but there are also some fun things you can do in your garden. From planting particular vegetables to baking birdseed ornaments, we look at 4 great winter activities that all children will love to do.
Winter is a good time to plant vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, broccoli and beetroot because they cope well with cold weather (though if you want to be cautious you can cover them with a fleece for extra protection). We recommend planting these vegetables every 2 weeks, so you’ll have a blossoming crop all throughout winter. Let your children pick the vegetables to create a colourful array and then make creative markers that help them remember where they’ve planted them.
Top Vegetables To Plant During Winter:
- Spring Onion.
Paint Your Pots
If your children want to plant a vegetable that isn’t mentioned above, then no stress or tantrums are needed. Simply put the seeds in a plant pot and they’ll start to grow as the weather heats up. Painting these pots is also a fun activity, though we suggest doing this before planting the seeds!
Create A Bird Feeder
Bird feeders come in all shapes and sizes, though we reckon that Christmas birdseed ornaments are among the best. Your kids will love making them and the birds will enjoy eating them, so we outline how to make them below:
- In a mixing bowl, mix together 250g of flour, 100ml of water, 2 tbsp of corn syrup and 3 tsps of gelatin until it forms a smooth paste.
- Gradually add 500g of birdseed to the mixture and combine until the birdseed is coated.
- Melt a pound of lard and mix this in too.
- Place greaseproof paper on a baking tray and put your Christmas-themed cookie cutters on top. Spoon the mixture into the cookie cutters, filling out their shapes.
- Cut drinking straws into 3 pieces and press a piece into the top portion of the ornaments, making sure it goes all the way through. Leave it there and allow the ornaments to dry for 4 hours.
- When the ornaments have dried, carefully remove the straws from the ornaments, and the ornaments from the cookie cutters. Place the ornaments in a freezer to harden overnight.
- Place a piece of twine or string through the top of the ornament and hang outside for the birds to eat.
Your children could also keep a bird diary and take pictures of all the lovely animals that eat from the ornaments.
Brighten Up The Garden
Bunting and artwork doesn’t just make a summer garden pretty, it can also brighten up an otherwise gloomy winter’s garden. Your children can create cute signs such as ‘Santa – This Way To Our House’ and ‘All Animals Welcome Here’, drawing on pictures and painting them in lots of colour.
With the above activities, you and your children are guaranteed a fun time. Why not ensure your garden is protected with a new side or garden gate from us, all of which are durable, stylish, weather-resistant and require low maintenance.