6 Non Chocolate Easter Gifts For Children

6 Non Chocolate Easter Gifts For Children

When it comes to Easter, it’s hard to not think about chocolate. As soon as Christmas is over, supermarket shelves start to  display bunnies and miniature chocolate eggs and bakeries dust off their hot cross bun recipes. Whether you want to avoid the sugar highs, or are simply looking for a healthier alternative that does not necessarily involve food, we have the answer, having rounded up the best non-chocolate Easter gifts for children. 1. Pyjamas – a new tradition Have you ever thought of creating a new tradition for your family every Easter? Give your children a brand new set of cute pjs and slippers. You may want an Easter themed design or simply their favourite colour or character. Whatever their preference, when you buy good quality baby clothing from Gumtree, you know they will last longer than a sticky chocolate egg and be money well spent. 2. Craft activities Family time is always great when you can do things together and craft activities are one great way to get creative. Whether you use real eggs or buy a little kit with plastic eggs, painting and decorating them are heaps of fun. You could also bundle up some magic beans engraved with cute words and images and spend the day planting and gardening. 3. Books Books are treasured items in many homes and teach children to use their imagination. They are a wonderful Easter alternative gift and can become an event that kids look forward to. Green eggs and ham could be their new favourite! 4. Baking Children love to bake and if you don’t mind the extra (fun)...
How to Grow a Magic Bean in an Egg Carton

How to Grow a Magic Bean in an Egg Carton

Growing plants from seeds, or magic beans, in advance of planting them in your garden has several benefits.  You can start  them indoors in the early spring before your garden soil has warmed up, and therefore get a head start on the growing season. When you are looking for a pot plant to plant your magic beans or flowering seeds, there is no need to spend lots of money on a fancy container. Egg cartons made from pressed paper or cardboard are perfect for this because each individual egg cup in the egg carton is the perfect size for starting a seed. Additionally, the entire egg cup can be buried in the ground because it’s biodegradable, and you can thus avoid disturbing the young plant’s roots during transplanting. Things You Will Need Egg carton Scissors Pen or pencil Potting mix or water beads Magic Beans Spray bottle Creating an egg carton pot plant Separate the lid and base of any empty pressed paper or cardboard egg carton with a pair of scissors. Poke three or four holes into the base of each indented egg cup.  Tip: Use the tip of a pen or pencil.  These holes will help each egg cup drain properly. Place the egg carton on a tray, baking sheet or similar flat surface that has a slightly raised edge around it. This will become the saucer and will catch any soil or water that drains from the egg carton. Fill each egg cup with potting mix or water beads. Plant one seed or magic bean into each filled egg cup. Every plant species has different seeding requirements, but most...
Winter Gardening Activities For Kids

Winter Gardening Activities For Kids

In the summer months, it’s sometimes hard to keep kids out of the garden, especially if you’ve marked off an area just for them to grow their own vegetables and flowers. But what about winter, when chilly temperatures force you inside? What can you do to keep your children interested in gardening? The answer is “plenty!” Here are some ideas to get you started thinking about indoor gardening projects for your family, school, kinder group or youth group!  I’m sure you’ll come up with others. 1.  Windowsill gardens: When frosty mornings and chilly wind keep your kids inside, try cultivating a windowsill garden. All you need is a sunny spot and a few containers of soil. Herbs are an excellent choice for windowsills. 2.  Peculiar plants: What kid wouldn’t be fascinated by an insect-eating plant? Many garden centers sell Venus flytraps in their houseplant section. Then visit your library or search the Internet for more information on the natural habitat and growth habits of this unusual plant. 3.  Watch seeds sprout: Line a glass jar with a damp paper towel and insert several seeds between the glass and the towel. Place a lid on the jar, leave it on the kitchen counter, and check the paper every day to make sure it’s still moist. Seeds should sprout in a few days. 4.  Kids’ gardening clubs: If you haven’t visited your garden center lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the trend towards kid-friendly shopping experiences. Many centers host kids’ gardening clubs or special workshops such as building a birdhouse or starting seeds indoors. 5.  Read a book: Books like Peter Rabbit or The Secret...
DIY Mini Paper Bag Pots

DIY Mini Paper Bag Pots

If you have ever wanted to make your own pop plant, you are going to love this easy tutorial I recently came across.   These are a great idea for kids to make, a fun holiday activity and even great for kid’s party ideas where each child can create and decorate their own pot plant and plant a magic bean to take home! All you need to make these super cute paper pots are three items: 1. Brown Craft Paper Bags 2. Magic Beans (you can buy yours online here) 3. Little plastic pot trays or the base of a plastic bottle. It’s literally just a matter of folding your bag and it’s ready to be used to plant. For the full tutorial, visit this link.   Happy pot making!...
Beans With Words On Them – Magic Message Bean Plants

Beans With Words On Them – Magic Message Bean Plants

Message plant, or magic bean plants are popular products around the world.  Children and adults alike love receiving unique  gifts that display a special message as they grow. And what makes these gifts stand out, is the fact that they literally keep on giving. An engraved bean, becomes A sprouting plant, which reveals A special message and image, which then becomes A flowering plant, which then produces A pod of beans, and then continues to grow into A tall, luscious bean vine   The white beans are commonly given as gifts for special occasions and holidays. Once planted, the message bean will grow to reveal the secret message in approximately 3-10 days. The message seed first appears with the outer seed coat and then without coaxing, the seed coat will fall off in a day or two to reveal the inner bean that exposes its special magic message for all to see. It really is an amazing message plant. Kids love to water and take care of these amazing message plant too. The message bean seedling proudly carries its amazing message for several weeks before the message dries up and falls off. Many people transplant the message plant into a large pot or into the ground to grow. The fast growing vine will climb and quickly cover a trellis, fence or a wall. The message bean plant will continue to grow for several years if it is grown in a warm climate, or kept indoors in a cooler climate. What’s not to love! Get your magic message beans...
Buy Decorative Flower & Plant Pots Online – Including Plastic & Terracotta

Buy Decorative Flower & Plant Pots Online – Including Plastic & Terracotta

Buying Flower Pots Online If you are an avid gardener, you probably look forward to spring with eager anticipation. Breathlessly diving into your carefully stored collection of seeds and finding just the right color to express your emotions, you throw on a jacket against the still chilly morning and rummage in your bag of tricks for your trusty trowel. However when it comes to planting, throwing a seed in the nearest plot of ground doesn’t always work. Sometimes you’ll want a plant you can move around or take with you when you move house, other times you just want a plant that is showed off to its full potential in wild bursts of color. If you want to buy a plant pot, there are plenty on this page – from the unique ladybug style to the old fashioned antique pot. Whatever you’re looking for in a flower pot, you’ll find something to tease your fancy here. Aged Pots These days the style is all about the modern look – from sharp shiny edges to glowing, sparkling and neat lines to accentuate everything from your car to your plants. But what if you prefer something that looks like it holds secrets, has a touch of venerability to it and adds some old style class to your garden? If you’re looking to create a timeless garden, one of the best places to start is with antique or aged terra cotta pots. Marble and mossy rock is another timeless classic. On the right and below you’ll find some examples of gorgeous pots that will show your favourite plants in the best way without detracting from the...