How to Make Fun & Easy Australian Native Bird Feeders

How to Make Fun & Easy Australian Native Bird Feeders

As a family, we love being out in our garden listening to nature. The kids get to watch and learn all about the local wildlife in the area because it’s important for them to know that this is a shared environment. The twitter of local birds sure does make a garden come to life, so making Australian Native Bird Feeders allowed the kids to really connect with the native birds in our area. A good way to set up your activity is to get the kids to watch and learn which native birds visit your family garden. Get them to record the visitors and then you can work out which plants will provide the best shelter. Talk about what they eat and where you can place water so it’s easy to access. It’s important to note that when planning to attract native birds into your garden, you need to consider cats in the area. Make sure the birds are not in danger of an attack. Feeding birds with seed or bread on a regular basis is mostly discouraged in Australia due to the inconsistency in diet, however, the occasional treat, like our Australian Native Bird Feeders, is considered acceptable by most. Bird watching is a fun thing to do with kids, so place your bird feeders where the kids can observe which bird species are attracted to the treat. You can then use this information to record your findings and track their visits back into your garden. You’ll find the kids will start taking notes of birds from this moment on. You could even create a bird watching journal and get...
Our garden fairy party decorations, create smiling faces!

Our garden fairy party decorations, create smiling faces!

Garden Fairy Party There is something so magical about a garden fairy party and the fairy party decorations, especially when you are young. Even as an adult, I have to admit, looking through a lens and seeing the atmosphere was pretty amazing. Planning a big party, with all the bells and whistles, is lovely to be able to give your kids, but it can be a lot of work and very expensive too. We found that with a few fairies lights and butterflies, plus a super cool activity we created the perfect event that didn’t break the budget. You can ditch the fairy wings and fairy costumes when your guests are aged over 8 years old. Instead, keep the fairy party decorations simple and focus on activities which involve play and fun. Then they can create their very own fairy garden, using flower fairies and fairy ornaments and make it their own. Now that’s a great way to replace the standard lolly bag as well. I’ve wasted so much money over the years on party bags filled with junk. Our family garden is our haven. It’s a place we spend most of our family time together. Why? Because it offers so much and connects the kids with nature, even if it’s just a matter of going barefoot. It’s just so good for your health and wellbeing. We decided that our garden fairy party, wasn’t going to be laced with sugary treats or paper plates and cups. Instead, we chose simple no-fuss food, glass to drink from and there was no need for plates. We were thinking sustainability and simplicity...
Garden Releaf Art. An awesome way to enjoy a garden.

Garden Releaf Art. An awesome way to enjoy a garden.

Garden Releaf Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits a garden has on your health and wellbeing. Sadly nearly 3 million Australian’s live with depression and anxiety. Garden Releaf Day is a chance for you to get involved by attending one of the independent garden centres around Australia who are participating on April 14th, 2018. By getting involved you can learn a bit more about the benefits a garden offers, and most importantly, help yourself and others improve both mental and physical wellbeing. It’s as simple as immersing yourself in a garden amongst plants. A garden is also known to reduce stress, anxiety and build confidence in all your family members. Read about mindfulness for kids CLICK HERE. Plants have incredible healing properties, in fact, research continues to identify ways that both plants and being in a garden can enrich our lives.   April 14th, 2018 Independent garden centres across Australia can choose to participate in the official Garden Releaf Day on April 14th. Check the list on their website for details CLICK HERE. What you’ll find on the day will be a range of ideas, opportunities, inspiration and events that will help everyone connect with a plant or garden. Simply by connecting with nature, you can enrich your family garden life. Garden Art Our stress and anxiety release comes from plants, gardening and activities. Creating these Garden Releaf artworks, was the perfect way to talk about how we feel, what makes us happy and the benefits our garden provides when we are in it. Why not try it this weekend. Head outside and see what you can find....
Can you see an amazing succulent garden?

Can you see an amazing succulent garden?

Can you see an amazing succulent garden created out of recycled books? Correct. You can grow succulents in just about anything these days, and recycled books is an awesome cost-effective way to enjoy indoor succulents. You can pick up a hard covered book for next to nothing, especially if you go to a market or look in the discount box at your local bookstore. Take the sleeve off the book and check the condition the hardcover is in. This is a great gift for someone who works at an office desk, even a teacher or librarian would love this. Indoor succulents are a great way of adding a little greenery to your office space. With sunlight and a weekly spray of water, you’ll find them easy to look after and lovely to sit and admire. This is a great activity for the kids to do as it’s a relatively easy and fast job, as long as you have an adult handy to cut out the middle section of the recycled books. Let’s check out how it is done. Kidspot also loved our unique planters for succulents featuring our video on their social channel which was pretty cool. How to make a succulent book planter Repurpose your old books for the ultimate teacher’s gift. We know a few school librarians that would love these! Family Garden Life Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 1 January 2018   Succulent Garden – what you’ll need Recycled books (with hardcovers) Plastic containers Tape Multi-function tool Twine Succulent mix Succulent Cuttings Decorative stones Succulent Garden – how we did it We used small plastic containers...
Have you got a super teacher this year?

Have you got a super teacher this year?

A super teacher deserves an awesome gift to show your child’s commitment to learning for the year. Why not gift your new super teacher something that can grow with your child. My kids were so excited when they handed their teachers gifts out last week. It’s one of those proud Mumma moments that you get when your kids are beaming with pride. We decided to make our gifts with all elements focused on growth, so plants were of course top of the list. Rulers and pencils symbolised learning, so we wanted to include these as well. I guess this is what it’s really all about right? I love this concept because it establishes up front that the year is all about growing and learning. If your child has a top teacher this year and wants to show them how excited they are to be spending the year in their class, maybe your kids can try making our DIY teachers gifts.   New Teacher – Grow Gift Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 14 February 2018   Super Teacher – what you’ll need Planter boxes Succulent soil Succulent cuttings Decorative stones Rules & pencils Glue Super Teacher – method Cut the rulers using a drop saw and glue around the planter Fill the planters with succulent soil Add succulents and gently press down A bit more soil to cover the top of the plants will keep them protected Now it’s time for your decorative stones Make your pencil flags with leftover ruler and glue to the pencils Spray with water Note: you only need to spray succulents every few...
Flower seeds. How to make bee friendly seed balls!

Flower seeds. How to make bee friendly seed balls!

The kids will have so much fun making our bee-friendly seed balls using flower seeds. Bees and flowers make up such a vital component of our food garden production. So much of Australia’s agricultural output depends on the honey bee. Without their amazing ability to pollinate our crops, we would be extremely limited to our food source. So that’s why bees are fundamental to your garden at home. Plus sharing an activity like this with the kids is a great way to educate them on the importance of pollination and welcoming pollinators into their food garden. Flower Seeds You can include certain flowers in your veggie garden that will attract beneficial insects which are needed to pollinate our crops, and honey bees are the most valuable in performing this process. Some amazing flowers to include in your garden to attract the bees include Catnip, Borage, Lavender, Sweet Basil & Chives. Why not try growing them from seed? Many flowers are great for attracting pollinators, including the plants that belong to the daisy family. These flowers provide more bang for your buck in terms of pollen. They are what’s known as Compositae, which means they are made up of many flowers, not just one. You’ll find they are also big seed producers and often self-seeding other parts of your garden. You can use lots of different types of flower seeds or you can choose a mix of bee-friendly seeds. CLICK HERE We even featured our awesome bee-friendly seed balls on Kidspot. How to make bee friendly seed balls This activity will not only get the kids outside and giving back...