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Design some plant measuring sticks

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Help kids to learn about plant and flower growth cycles, by getting them to make their own measuring sticks to track their progress. These are simple and easy to make, and your children will no doubt find it extremely exciting to monitor and mark on the plant’s growth.

You’ll need to pre-purchase some wooden sticks that are around 1 metre long and then get the kids to follow these instructions:

  • Measure out specific centimetre intervals along the stick (e.g. use every 5cm as a guide for smaller plants and 15cm for larger ones).
  • Go over the markings with permanent marker to make the sticks weather-proof.
  • Decorate with drawings of flowers, fruit, vegetables and plants.

Top tip: It’ll be worth giving these a lick of varnish to protect their patterns and the measuring guide for longer.

Once the sticks are finished and dry, take the kids round the garden with a notepad to measure up the plants — showing them how to do this accurately — and repeat every couple of weeks. And best of all, you can use these alongside the former mini flower garden projects, so they can quickly become a staple for the kids’ garden fun!

About the author

At Wyevale Garden Centres, we’re passionate about gardens and want to spread the joy of gardening. That’s why, street by street, garden by garden, window-box by window-box, we aim to pass on ideas, inspiration and valuable tips to make garden-lovers of everyone.

We sell all sorts of plants (some even have a lifetime plant guarantee) and everything else, from compost to containers to garden furniture and barbecues. www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

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