Friday, June 22, 2018

24 Oct

A Halloween Themed Garden For The Whole Family!

Coming up with enough half term activities to last the week can seem difficult, why not try and get your children and grandchildren involved in gardening! The best way to get children involved in gardening is to get them to create something. Halloween coincides with the last of the mild weather before winter really sets in – so get out into the garden and make some Halloween decorations!

Pumpkins are the obvious choice and this year why not try to use pumpkins for both decoration and to make delicious pumpkin soup for the whole family to enjoy.

You can also create hanging lanterns with smaller pumpkins. Carve them, create two holes on each side, threading thick wire through each side, place a candle inside and hang from your garden tree.

Scarecrows are simple and fun to make. Instead of your usual scarecrow protecting your vegetable patch, create a Halloween themed scarecrow to frighten the trick or treaters!

You will need… too strong, long bamboo canes (one larger than the other), Old pair of tights (just one leg!), Plain paper plate, stapler, string, old shirt, old hat, cds.

  1. Create a cross with your bamboo canes to make the body. Using the smaller cane as the arms, tie them together with string.
  2. Fill one leg of old tights with straw to make the head. Tie at the bottom with string.
  3. Draw a scary face on the flat surface of a paper plate and staple it to the head.
  4. Dress your scarecrow in a shirt and hat.
  5. Add cotton wool ‘cobwebs’ or trailing strips of bin liner  to the end of each arm for a scarier effect!

Turn your garden into a bat cave with some hanging bats.

  1. Create a bat template to start with (or a few if you want them to be different sizes)
  2. Fold a piece of thick black paper down the middle to give it shape, unfold, use the template to trace around. Cut out, and fold the wings again.
  3. Poke holes in the bat: in the tail for an upside-down bat, in the wings and head for one that’s right side up. Hang from trees with string or wire.

Give your Garden birds a halloween treat with a pumpkin bird feeder!

1. Cut a pumpkin in half and scoop out the contents of each half.

2. Create holes in each side of the pumpkin and use wire or rope to create a loop through. Fill the pumpkin with bird feed- energy balls work well as they won’t tip out.

3. Hang the feeder from any tree or high point in your garden, sit back and watch the birds enjoy it.

Let us know what garden activities you’ve prepared for this week by commenting below!


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