Sarah O'Neil has written a great book, Play in the garden, which is jam-packed with cool projects that will encourage your kids to spend hours outdoors The book has projects for all seasons, easy to follow instructions and bright colourful pictures.
Below are two of our favourte projects for Spring
Keep birds out of your garden with this simple idea that has been used for hundreds of years.
3 large potatoes
6–8 large feathers per potato
2 short bamboo poles
Kids: This is quick and easy to make and you will love seeing the bird scarer at work in the garden.
Grown-ups: Give the finished bird scarers a quick check and make any necessary adjustments so they work properly.
Once the bird scarer has been made, ensure the feathers are in firmly, but haven’t been pushed all the way into the middle, or they will stop the potato from spinning.
Why grow carrots that look exactly like the ones in the store when you can break all the rules and grow crazy carrots.
a small space in your garden
several large shovelfuls of compost
a large handful of blood and bone fertiliser
a generous helping of aged manure
several handfuls of pebbles, stones or gravel
Kids: You can work together with the grown-ups on this project.
Grown-ups: You may need to maintain the carrot bed if you need to, as it takes around 16–20 weeks between sowing and harvesting, and interest may wane.
Extracted with permission from Play in the Garden: Fun projects for kids to enjoy outdoors by Sarah O'Neil, published by New Holland, $34.99.