Encouraging wildlife to your garden is great when you have children. Not only is it good for helping wildlife by providing them with a habitat but young children particularly are fascinated by spotting wildlife. There are also many opportunities for learning about wildlife too as well as fun crafts and other activities. Here are some ideas for things you can add to your garden this spring. Some of them are links to other bloggers tutorials for activities that your kids will love and there is also a review of a couple of lovely items we have been sent to review.
Ideas for encouraging wildlife to your garden with kids
Make bird feeders
We’ve made bird feeders a couple of times now and it’s always a fun activity to do with children and as a bonus, they enjoy watching the birds in our garden. There are many different ways to make simple bird feeders. From simple hoop cereal threaded on to pipe cleaners to pine cone feeders.
Add a birdhouse
You can buy lots of birdboxes available to buy or perhaps you’d prefer to make your own using this great tutorial from Rainy day mum.
Add a ladybird house or butterfly biome
We were sent this beautiful ladybird house and butterfly biome recently from Find me a gift. They are lovely additions to our garden and they will attract some of my favourite insects.
The ladybird house is currently in the sale for £8.49, a steal I’m sure you’ll agree. You might have guessed we love ladybirds so this is a lovely addition to our garden. It is made from sustainably grown birch and oak with a hollow centre filled with natural materials. Ladybirds are a great addition to your garden as they are a natural predator of aphids and greenflies that might be attacking your roses or similar.
The butterfly biome is again in the sale on Find me a gift for £18.99. This butterfly house is dual purpose. In the summer it can be left open and used as a feeder and in the winter you can shut the front and butterflies, moths and other insects may use it to shelter from the wind. A packet of wildflower seeds that butterflies love and a guide to common UK butterflies is also included in the box. I can’t wait to see if any butterflies are attracted to this summer and I know my girls will love it.
Plant the right kind of plants to encourage wildlife
Adding the right kind of plants can really help with encouraging wildlife to your garden. If you want to know what to plant to encourage ladybirds then read this post from Rainy day mum. For butterflies, read this one from Megan Zeni. If you want to encourage bees then you will find lots of ideas in this list from the RHS.
Make a bug hotel
We often see bug hotels while out and about and I know they have one in the outdoor area at my eldest’s school. I think when my toddler is a little older we might add one to our garden. I found a great tutorial from The gingerbread house that I think we will follow when we get round to making one. This one from Red Ted Art is great if you are looking for something a little simpler or smaller.
I hope I have inspired you to get the kids involved in encouraging wildlife to your garden. I’d love to here in the comments how you are doing this.
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Disclosure: I was sent the butterfly biome and ladybird house in exchange for this review. All word, thoughts and opinions are my own.