In The Garden


5 upcycling ideas for your garden

Many people think that gardening is expensive, and requires a lot of time and effort to maintain. But it doesn’t have to be. The truth is that you don’t need loads of money to start gardening. By combining these upcycling ideas with what you already have you can create an exciting garden for any setting! What is upcycling? Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or seemingly useless products into new products which have a different use. For example, old tyres can be turned into planters, or even used... Read More


Welcome to our Office Garden!

With National Gardening Week just around the corner we wanted to shine a spotlight on our very own office garden and give you a tour! Tucked away in a retail park in Stretford, Greater Manchester is our very own oasis. Providing a welcome contrast to the busy city, the EYR garden is a dedicated zone for staff to relax and enjoy a little piece of nature. The importance of outdoor spaces Besides being a beautiful green space to look at, an urban garden can provide a number of benefits: Improved... Read More

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Butterfly Sun Catcher – Summer Crafts

Let the light in this summer with these fun and colourful Butterfly Sun Catchers, the perfect addition to any window! Suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old. Read the instructions below to get started on your Butterfly Sun Catchers: Art materials you will need: Large A3 sheet of black card Clear sticky back plastic Tissue paper in various colours Scissors Glue Sticky tack Pencil Instructions for your Butterfly Sun Catchers: Step 1: Take the A3 sheet of black card and a pencil. Sketch out a large butterfly outline on... Read More

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Colourful Finches – Summer Crafts

The perfect summer arts and crafts for kids! Make these colourful Finches and place them in flower beds or plant pots to help make your garden colourful for the summer! Read the simple instructions below to get started on this summer arts and crafts: Art materials you will need: Coloured paper A round object- plate or bowl Pencil Scissors Glue stick Sticky tape Wobbly eyes Wooden lolly sticks or garden sticks Instructions for your Colourful Finches: Step 1: Draw a 12cm diameter circle onto coloured paper, you could use a... Read More

sensory garden in primary school 18/03/2019
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How To Create a Sensory Garden at School

Here at Early Years Resources, we are firm believers in the idea that children learn more when all of their senses are fully engaged. Nicky Roeber, from Wyevale Garden Centres, discusses the many benefits of creating an outdoor sensory space in your school, along with a few tips on how to do this. What is a sensory garden? A sensory garden is a space which has been designed to stimulate and indulge all five senses, using plants, flowers, light and sound to create a completely immersive experience. If you teach... Read More

gardening benefits for children 30/08/2018
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Gardening Benefits & Activities for Children

Spending Time Outdoors Benefits Children’s Health & Well-Being Encouraging children to put down the smartphone and spend time outside can seem like a daunting task. At present, children on average only spend 16 minutes a day outside, and less than 24% of kids meet the daily recommended levels of physical activity. Spending time outside can significantly impact children’s health and well-being. After doing outdoor physical activity, children are 28x more likely to eat healthier foods. They’ll also feel more relaxed, get a workout – whether it’s their upper arms from... Read More

insect week activities 15/06/2018

National Insect Week Activities & Ideas

Encourage the children to celebrate all things creepy crawly this National Insect Week and learn more about the most diverse group of animals with our exciting range of hands-on insect activity ideas – perfect for your primary school, nursery or early years setting! Top 10 National Insect Week Ideas & Activities Create a Miniature Minibeast Scene Build your own magical miniature world of creepy crawlies! Inspire the little ones imaginations by using our mesmerising In The Garden Tuff Tray Mat as your tuff spot base – then add an array... Read More


Tin Can Planters

With spring upon us, it’s time to encourage the children to let their green fingers loose! These tin planters are fun and easy to make. All you need is the following: Tin CansLarge Google EyesScissorsGlue Gun/Strong AdhesiveA Selection of Decorations such as Pompoms, Jewels, Buttons, Foam shapes etc.Potting CompostSeeds such as herbs, cress etc. To make a Tin Can Planter Before you begin, make sure your tin can is clean and dry. Gather together a mixture of decorations. Lay them out on a table and get the children to try... Read More


Gardening with Children

Like most sensory experiences, gardening with children can be a hectic, messy and usually, an untidy affair! Children playing with soil, pulling up plants and strewing seeds everywhere however, is a fantastic learning experience and one which allows the development of a whole host of new skills. Gardening activities can provide hours of fun and introduce moments of awe and wonder to children. They can watch plants growing from seeds, and marvel at fruits and vegetables increasing in size as they learn how to feed and nurture them. Children will... Read More

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Sustainable Gardening in Small Spaces

It is possible to grow many crops in a small space.  Large containers are a good way to start and you can recycle all sorts of things providing there are drainage holes at the bottom.  Here is a picture of a class mini allotment. Potatoes are a very easy crop to grow and they can be planted in old shopping bags and there is lots of counting and comparing to be done at the same time.  You can see too that if you have smaller pots which will dry out... Read More