A few weeks ago I held a really fun garden workshop for Reception Class at my son's school. The ages of the children are four to five. I made the first initial of every child using some poplar branches I harvested locally. They were from trees that are pollarded so the new shoots were growing very low down the tree and were easy to reach. I lined all the letters up in the field and the children came out to find their initial. They really loved doing this.
We went over to the edge of the field where some ivy was growing under a
tree. We talked about the places that ivy likes to grow then each child
used the fork to dig some up. We looked at the roots and put the
lengths of ivy into a bucket of water. We went back to the little
garden outside the classroom leaving the bucket in a shady spot.
The next day the children arrived in fancy dress costume as it was the last day of term. So we had Robin Hood, Superman, Minnie Mouse and a princess, to name a few, doing garden activities. The children filled pots up with compost then planted their letters. They made a hole in the compost for the ivy to go in. We spoke about which end of the ivy should be planted and I told them about the roots having an important job of taking in nutrients and water. The pots were filled up with some more compost then watered.
As the ivy grows it will wrap itself around the letters and can be trimmed to control the shape. The poplar branches will sprout leaves as well which will be a fun surprise. This was a really great activity to introduce children to propagation, plant biology, planting, plant care and topiary. Children as young as five make great horticulturists.
I'm an artist, illustrator, gardener, crafter and mum to a six year old. I live in the beautiful seaside town of Hastings on the South Coast of England. I love thrifting, swimming in the sea, cycling, upcycling, exploring and documenting the natural world.