With Boo now at school, I’m trying to plan a little activity for her to return home to each day. One that has the kids sitting down for a bit and making the most of each other’s company. It also means that coming home to something to do keeps them both busy whilst I get the dinner sorted – clever planning!
As we’ve done a couple of times now, we had fun with an activity based on a picture book we’ve been enjoying reading. My mum has loads of books for the kids at her house, and one of them is particularly apt for her, as it’s called Mabel’s Magical Garden. My mum is a keen gardener so the kids always associate Nanny with gardening, and her dog’s called Mabel – a good book for her to buy them!
The book itself is a sweet story about friendship and sharing, and of course, Mabel’s garden. I’d suggest this activity works with any book at all about gardens and flowers (and to be honest, none are even needed for this to be fun!).
An old gardening magazine
I cut up pages of the magazine, so that I had plenty of plants, flowers, grasses, pathways and ornaments for the kids to choose from (if it had just been Boo, I’d have left her to do some of the cutting, too, but I prepared this one as Little Man is lethal with scissors!). I then introduced them to the activity, inviting them to create their own dream gardens. Boo spent some time thinking about it, colouring her sky and carefully selecting her pictures and placing them thoughtfully. Little Man was just all about the glue!
Both of the kids had fun with this one, and it was one of those activities that did actually go the way that I’d hoped it would!
What do you think? And as this went well, I can now adapt it, so we’ll be designing homes next week…!