Now is the perfect time to be out and about in the garden preparing it for the summer months, and why not take some company? Encourage the children to get outdoors and into the garden. There’s nothing nicer than pottering about in your own garden on spring days!

Here are 5 things to do with the children in the garden this spring:

Plant seeds

Start preparing for the summer months by planting seeds. Give each child their own plant pot to decorate and plant sunflower seeds within each individual one, then watch them grow! Encourage a little healthy competition by motivating your children to tend to their plant and see who can grow the tallest sunflower.

Fly a kite

Get outdoors in the fresh air and fly a kite! Kids will enjoy getting out and about and watching the kites dance in the breeze. Maybe even make your own kites using craft items. When flying your kites, ask your little ones to try to make shapes in the sky.

Do a nature trail

Little children love to do a nature trail and you don’t have to leave your garden to have one! Pick simple things for children to collect – a feather, a pretty stone, a leaf, petals. Give them a little treasure box to put their findings in, as well as a checklist for them to have to tick off as they go.

Make a bee garden

Bees are in decline and so creating a welcoming environment for them has never been more important! Bees love a certain type of habitat – choose flowering vegetables, native flowers and herb patches to attract them. Set aside a part of the garden to create a little bee haven. Plant your flowers and vegetables and watch the bumble bees arrive and enjoy their new home!

Bird watching

Spring is prime time for many birds and is a great chance to get outside and observe some feathered friends. You’ll hear lots more birdsong now the days are warmer and lighter. You don’t need expensive equipment to catch a glimpse of your favourite birds, a simple pair of binoculars will give you a good chance of sighting birds such as robins, blackbirds, sparrows and other garden birds.