At home activities – How does your garden grow?

At home activities – How does your garden grow?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockleshells

And pretty maids all in a row.

We’ve loved seeing all your fantastic photos on Tapestry and everything you have been up to in your garden. We hope you enjoy seeing them too and seeing that no two gardens are the same. You can have a big garden or a small garden, a country garden or a town garden, a traditional garden or a modern garden – but whichever type of garden you have, I’m sure you appreciate it now more than ever. 

WAU – Become an explorer in your own garden. Use the internet to help you find out; what type of soil you have, which plants you have, which animals like your garden… 

EMD – How big is your garden? Can you count how many big steps it takes to walk across your garden? Can you help a grown up measure your garden with a measuring tape?

PSE – What does contrary mean? Are you sometimes “contrary” at home? Talk to your grown ups about how you feel. What makes you feel happy, sad or angry? 

LL – Use the pattern of Mary’s poem to make up your own poem about your garden.

Mrs McMullan, Mrs McMullan,

How does your garden grow?

With a pink cherry tree, and a seat just for me

And washing on the line that blows. 

PD – Get the gardening gloves on a get outside with the grown ups. Even if you have a small garden, or one with concrete or stones, I’m sure there’s some weeding to be done.

Arts – Use whatever art materials you have to make a picture of a garden – paint, crayons, magazine cuttings, material etc. It can be your garden, Mary’s garden, your dream garden… use your creativity. 

Eco – Revisit those websites you used earlier to help you identify the different things in your garden. Can any of them give you new ideas to invite wildlife into your garden? Here’s one to get you started – RSPB

AND JUST FOR FUN – Gardens are great for just having fun. If the weather takes a turn for the worse they can still be enjoyed. Start up-cycling and use some things around the house to make something new for your garden when you get back out there. 

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