If you're reading this, you'll have perhaps been through all of the suggestions for children. They are all adaptable , and intended to be fun, as well as informative. Why not try some, particularly the investigative ones?It can, for instance, open your eyes to the micro word that can exist in a half metre square. Here are some other things that you might find interesting...
THE THREE SISTERS. This can be an inside/ balcony/patio/garden job. You need a pot or container no less than 30cm (or a foot) in diameter. really, anything up to 60 cm will do. Plant wise, you'll need a sweetcorn plant, tomato plant, preferably a smallish one, or tumbling basket type plant, and a climbing French bean plant.
The intention is to grow a sweetcorn plant in the middle. If you're having to use seed, get it soon, and go for a dwarf variety if you can. Start them off in yogurt pots on a windowsill. If you're able to buy plants, even better, it'll save the wait. When the plant is big enough, put it in the middle of the pot. When the plant is about 30cm high, sow a couple of bean seeds at the base, and plant the tomato plant. Aim for a triangle round the sweetcorn. If all goes according to plan, the beans will germinate and climb up the sweetcorn (which is why it needs a start), and you'll get tomatoes, giving you three of your five a say in one pot.
GROW YOUR OWN BAG OF POTATOES Either get a small pack of seed potatoes, preferably early ones if you can, or just take two or three small ones from you bag at home. Put some compost or garen earth into a carrier bag, about 20cm deep. Put a potato on the earth, and just cover it. keep the earth moist, not wet, and in a warm spot in your garden, or an out of the way spot inside. Shoots shoud start to come through the earth. When they do, cover them with a layer of earth, and give the plant some plant food. liquid fertilizer is around, mainly in supermarkets at present. keep covering the shoots until the plant gets to within 10 cm or so from the top of the bag. let the foliage grow, and keep the plant moist. It should flower. When the flowers begin to die, have a feel in the bag (if you haven't already!) if you feel any potatoes tha are big enough, pick them af few at a time, cook them, and eat the best potatoes you've ever tasted. ARTY STUFF On your shopping trip, have a look and see what art supplies are available. You'll find them probably hiding in the children's section. Treat yourself to some cheap acrylic paints, coloured pencils, or any other colouring medium that you can find. Get some white paper; good quality and some cheap stuff. You could, if you see one, buy a sketch pad.Go home. Now it's total me time. If you've garden, go pick a flower. if you haven't find a picture. Get the cheap paper. Have a go at matching the colours. Try doing thick lines, thin lines, shapes, layering colours. What could possibly go wrong? When you've had a go, get a piece of decent paper, and copy the flower. the advice from any artist would be to paint what you see, not what you think you see. Who knows? could be the start of a new hobby. If you have a go at any of these, let me know.