Spending a couple of hours out in the garden on a sunny morning or afternoon is a fantastic way to spend some time with your children. They get to learn new things and have fun doing something productive. My toddler, Will, takes great pride in showing his Daddy all that he has achieved.
This morning we raked some leaves as the path had become cluttered. Funny how I manage to rake leaves without getting a spot of dirt on me but Will gets covered from head to toe in mud and dead leaves. He also enjoyed weeding, although I was sure he was going to get stung, so I kept trying to intervene.
The messiest part of the day was emptying the hanging baskets in preparation for getting new plants, which resulted in us both getting soggy old compost all over our clothes. Great fun for Will — I’ve never seen my toddler have so much fun doing something so ordinary.
A highlight of the day was discovering a frog. It was quite a big frog as well. Whilst clearing the leaves from under one of the bushes, I noticed something quickly moving amidst all the dead leaves. Will thought it was fantastic and got really excited. He was a little concerned when the frog disappeared into the bushes, and we had to hover around waiting to see whether the frog would make another appearance.
The frog wasn’t interested in playing with a toddler — I don’t blame him! — so instead we went back to clearing the leaves, and Will was in hysterics as we picked up all the leaves and threw them into our buckets to add to the recycling bin. We also found some snails in amongst the paving slabs and spent a good twenty minutes sitting watching one particular snail move along the path.
Thankfully my youngest slept through most of our outdoor antics, which gave me the chance to spend some time alone with Will. I think it’s important to give each child their own special time, so having that time alone with Will was lovely.
Will had to make sure he made good use of all of his tools, so after a bit of digging we used the wheelbarrow to wheel some dead leaves up to the recycling bin, and watered the plants with his watering can. He’s in an independent stage at the minute so has to do everything himself, and doesn’t take kindly to being treated like a baby.
Our next gardening task is seeding the lawn and planting some tomatoes and potatoes, which I know he’ll love as he takes any and every opportunity to get mucky — what kid doesn’t?