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Something for the kids

Published on September 26th 2020

by CandideUK. All rights reserved

A close up of a flower
Celebrate the balmier weather with a day of outdoor activities for your kids on Garden Day, Sunday, 11 October. These garden-inspired craft projects will keep them busy while connecting with nature on the cusp of summer. Garden Day is the ideal opportunity to clear your schedule and spend the day making memories in the garden with your little ones.

Make a bonnet with blooms

Photo: Gera de Wet
Help your kids make colourful bonnets with flowers perfect for a spring celebration. Let them find and pick their favourite flowers, help them play around and plan a design, and see them beam with pride when they put on their own creations.
You’ll need
· summer hat with a wide brim
· a length of wide ribbon in any colour
· florist wire, raffia, or twine
· fresh flowers from your garden
Photo: Gera de Wet
1. Cut a variety of your favourite flowers, herbs, and twigs in different colours and sizes from your garden. Remember to leave a longer stem. Help your children handle the secateurs, they are very sharp!
2. Play around with the flowers and greenery by making small bunches and arranging them in a row to find a design they like.
3. Cut some stems shorter and leave others long to give the spring bonnet a whimsical look.
4. Tie your flowers onto the ribbon with florist wire, raffia, or twine.
5. Tie the ribbon with your flower design around an old summer hat with a wide brim to create a beautiful spring bonnet ideal for a Garden party.
Tag #GardenDaySA to share your works of art with us!

Create a flowery butterfly

Photo: @Ndibambe
Go on a treasure hunt around the garden to collect flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colours for this Garden Day-inspired butterfly project. Keep your little ones busy collecting, cutting, drawing, and sticking to create a beautiful work of art in celebration of spring.
You’ll need
· cardboard offcuts
· white paper and a marker or a printout of a butterfly
· a stick of glue
· flowers and twigs from the garden
· child-friendly scissors
· an assortment of bowls or containers
· a butterfly or bug outline, which you can download here.
Photo: @Ndibambe
1. Collect flowers in all colours and sizes from the garden.
2. Help your children cut the petals into various bowls. They will use the petals to decorate the butterfly wings.
3. Use the blank paper and black marker and help your child draw the outline of a butterfly. Or find one online and print it out.
4. Stick the paper onto a large enough cardboard offcut as a base.
5. Help your children choose and stick the petals to decorate the wings in their own unique style.
6. Use any left-over pieces of cardboard and create more flower patterns.
Photo: @Ndibambe
Tag #GardenDaySA to share your works of art with us!

Join our Virtual Garden Day Gathering!

You can get even more creative on Sunday 11 October when Garden Day hosts its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including flower crown making and garden-inspired gourmet cooking via Zoom and Facebook Live. The final programme and details will be released on at the start of October.
You can also visit for a handy toolkit to help you plan the perfect virtual celebration, including downloadable invitations.
Catch news, updates,inspiration and more garden-style recipes at @GardenDaySA, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

Tag your posts with @GardenDaySA and #GardenDaySA to share your green celebration with friends, family, and fellow plant lovers online.