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Ep 70 | Gardening with Kids and Pets

Welcome back to the Helpful Gardeners Podcast! There are so many benefits associated with gardening whether you’re a kid or an adult or a pet. We’re going to explore some of those benefits, some activities and then…. get your glue and googly eyes ready because we’re crafting!

Gardening Benefits Kids & Adults!

Benefits for kids

Gardening teaches patience, responsibility and even fine motor skills at a young age. 

Benefits for Adults

Gardening with kids teaches us adults patience, communication, and even how to loosen up our natural desire for control and perfection. 

Garden Crafts

Here are some ways we can inspire learning both in the garden and out in nature. 

Nature treasure box
Bark identification
Support Pollinators - Make a Bee bath!

Twig Bug Craft

Materials:

  • Assortment of twigs – thick and thin varieties
  • Assortment of deciduous broad leaves 
  • Scissors or pruner
  • Glue gun
  • Googly Eyes

Directions:

To make a dragonfly:

  1. Select a thicker twig to create the body of the bug. 
  2. Select four smaller leaves that will create the wings of the bug. 
  3. Place a dab of glue on the stem of the leaf and secure to the middle of the twig. Repeat for the remaining ‘wings’. 
  4. Place a dab of glue on the googly eyes and secure them above the leaves on the twig. 
  5. Prune the ends of the twig to your desire length. 
  6. Finished!

To make a spider:

  1. Using a thinner twig, cut into six equal sized pieces to create the legs of the bug.
  2. Lay out the twigs like a criss-cross star.
  3. Take a round medium-sized leaf and put a dab of glue on the centre. Then secure the leaf on top of the twigs. 
  4. Place a dab of glue on the googly eyes and secure them above the leaves on the twig. 
  5. Finished!

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