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Garden Day for the kids

Published on October 15th 2021
A little girl sitting in front of a cake
Celebrate the balmier weather with a day of outdoor activities for your kids on Garden Day, Sunday, 17 October. These garden-inspired craft projects will keep them busy while connecting with nature on the cusp of summer. Garden Day is the ideal opportunity to clear your schedule and spend the day making memories in the garden with your little ones.

Make a bonnet with blooms

A person wearing a hat
Photo credit: @geradewet
Help your kids make colourful bonnets with flowers perfect for a spring celebration. Let them find and pick their favourite flowers, help them play around and plan a design, and see them beam with pride when they put on their own creations.
You’ll need
  • summer hat with a wide brim
  • a length of wide ribbon in any colour
  • florist wire, raffia, or twine
  • fresh flowers from your garden
A vase of flowers on a table
Photo credit: @geradewet
  • Cut a variety of your favourite flowers, herbs, and twigs in different colours and sizes from your garden. Remember to leave a longer stem. Help your children handle the secateurs, they are very sharp!
  • Play around with the flowers and greenery by making small bunches and arranging them in a row to find a design they like.
  • Cut some stems shorter and leave others long to give the spring bonnet a whimsical look.
  • Tie your flowers onto the ribbon with florist wire, raffia, or twine.
  • Tie the ribbon with your flower design around an old summer hat with a wide brim to create a beautiful spring bonnet ideal for a Garden party.
Tag #GardenDaySA to share your works of art with us.
A piece of fruit
Photo credit: @geradewet

Create a flowery butterfly

A little boy sitting at a table with a plate of food
Photo credit: @ndibambe
Go on a treasure hunt around the garden to collect flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colours for this Garden Day-inspired butterfly project. Keep your little ones busy collecting, cutting, drawing, and sticking to create a beautiful work of art in celebration of spring.
You’ll need
  • cardboard offcuts
  • white paper and a marker or a printout of a butterfly
  • a stick of glue
  • flowers and twigs from the garden
  • child-friendly scissors
  • an assortment of bowls or containers
  • a butterfly or bug outline, which you can download here
Photo credit: @ndibambe
You can also visit for a handy toolkit to help you plan the perfect celebration, including downloadable invitations.