Between 29th May – 6th June 2021, we’re celebrating National Children’s Gardening Week!
Seeds at the ready!
We're trying to encourage little ones to get involved with growing plants and getting out in the natural world! Children often love being in the garden and joining in with tasks however, not seeing instant results can lead to them becoming impatient or disappointed.
By taking place at the end of May, National Children’s Gardening Week aims to capture their enthusiasm at a time of year when the weather is usually on the brighter side, and children can plant all their seeds with little fear of weather damage! A week that's widely supported by the whole of the UK gardening industry, National Children's Gardening Week helps to improve children's concentration, creativity, knowledge and understanding of the world, and above all it's great fun for all the family!
We’re hoping the sun has got his hat on where you are, so why not join in the green-fingered fun? Grab your gardening gloves and get stuck in!
Find out more about National Children’s Gardening Week here!
Check out the fab downloads available over on our Activities page - from handy Plant Markers for your garden, a Nature Spotter Sheet for when you're out and about, and a Buzzy Bee Maze to help find our fuzzy little friends. PLUS so much more!
We've been working with Eco-Schools to support children’s education on sustainability and environmental issues; empowering kids to change our world for the better!
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet! Frugi have now funded 150 Green Flags for schools in England – find out more about the Eco-Schools Green Flag scheme here!
We have been funding a fantastic project called LEAF (Learning about Forests)
The LEAF programme and award advocates outdoor learning by using nature as the classroom. Young people are able to get more involved in the natural world, gaining a better understanding through hands-on experiences.
LEAF helps to convert time traditionally spent in classrooms to time outdoors. Whether that be counting acorns in maths or playing music in a forest, it all increases the number of hours children spend in nature and helps raise awareness of our forest ecosystems. From ancient woodlands, local parks and school grounds, to backyards, trees and lichen; the LEAF programme enables all who take part to reconnect with nature in their local community.
To date, through the LEAF programme over 84,000 trees have been planted!
LEAF is now in its 21st year and spans over 26 countries, engaging with nearly 1,000,000 young people across the globe. Pre-schools, schools, colleges, Youth Groups (such as Scouts and Youth Climate Networks) and registered home-schoolers that participate in the LEAF programme are able to apply for a prestigious global award each academic year to recognise their efforts to 'green' the curriculum.
Apply for the annual LEAF award here between 1st June and 30th July each academic year!
To register to take part in the LEAF programme head over to the Eco-Schools England website where you will also be able to download a LEAF teaching guide with everything your school, youth group or home schooled family need to get started.
We've worked with Eco-Schools and Keep Britain Tidy to offer you this handy LEAF Letter download which explains their newest environmental educational programme, Learning About Forests (LEAF).
Simply save, print and send to your local school to encourage teachers to take their classrooms outside!
We have some Tree-mendous tasks available for kids to get outside and start learning about trees!
You can build your own make-believe birds nest or give your favourite tree a name! These tasks are perfect for pre-school and primary aged children.
If you enjoy our Tree-mendous tasks then why not tell your child’s school? They can get involved and register to work towards a LEAF award!
To celebrate National Children's Gardening Week and encouraging kids to learn more about the environment, we're giving away a fab nature-inspired bundle!
Not only will the winner receive £100 worth of Frugi, but they'll get a copy of two gorgeous educational books. To enter simply fill out the form below for your chance to win!
This giveaway is open from 24th May until 5th June. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
About the Prizes:
Climate Action: The future is in our hands by Georgina Stevens
This is a book about climate change.
In this book, we share the facts, but we also share hope. Learn about the causes of climate change and how it is affecting our world. Explore the human impact and what it means to have a carbon footprint. Read about creative ideas for tackling the climate crisis. Be inspired by the positive stories from young changemakers around the globe. Get tips on how to take actions and reduce your carbon footprint. One tree will be planted for every book sold in the UK.
In today’s world of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and a growing detachment from the food that we eat, it has never been more important to encourage children to put down their screens, get outside and engage with the natural world around them. Foraging with Kids is a fun, practical book for parents to work through with their children that encourages families to interact with their environment and gain knowledge and practical understanding of the natural world through exploration and play. The projects are based around 50 easy-to-identify plants that are abundant in parks, forests and hedgerows worldwide, making the challenge of discovering functional flora just as achievable to those who live in the city as in the countryside. Illustrated throughout with beautiful hand drawings and with essential information on plant facts and identification, as well as a diverse range of engaging, practical projects that the whole family will want to get involved with, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants the children under their care to get outside, connect with nature and have a lot of fun in the process.