Gardening activity resources for children

As part of our emergency response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have created a library of children’s activities to help keep families busy at home. One thing that Covid-19 has highlighted is that gardening has no borders. We are all finding solace in our personal green space, wherever we are in the world. Our family resources are free to download in English and Arabic so that more people can join in and enjoy gardening.

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Lenny Lemon’s gardening activities

Join ‘Lenny Lemon’ for some fun gardening activities to enjoy at home or school.

Our thanks go to the Royal Horticultural Society for allowing us to adapt a selection of their resources for gardeners and families living in refugee and IDP (internally displaced persons) communities.

There are eleven activities to enjoy making. Suitable for ages 3+.

Don’t forget to share your completed activities with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – tag our account name and use the #OneGardenAtATime hashtag and we’ll repost the best ones. We’ll also show your fantastic creations to the gardeners we know in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) – they are also taking part and would love to hear from you. 

 
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Time capsule activity book

This 15-page activity book is packed full of fun activities to keep children busy while we stay home. It includes writing and drawing activities – many with a gardening theme, such as ‘I spy with my little eye’ (identifying items in your garden and at home), ‘what grows in your garden’ diary and much more. 

Suitable for ages 3+.

Download the booklet and print at home. 

 

Additional resources

Recipes

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Khanem’s Tawa






This traditional Syrian main course has layers of beef, aubergine, tomato and potato. Think of it a bit like a dairy free moussaka. The addition of lemon and parsley freshen and lift this filling meal. Recipe serves eight people.

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Nosheen’s Kousa Mahshi



You’ll need a little patience for this recipe but we think the result is well worth the effort. These stuffed courgettes and tomatoes with beef and rice serve four people. To make this recipe vegetarian, replace the beef with chickpeas.

Noora’s Molokhia with Chicken & Simple Tabbouleh
Noora’s Molokhia with Chicken & Simple Tabbouleh

Molokhia, or jute mallow, is a popular ingredient of middle eastern dishes and is grown widely by gardeners in refugee and IDP camps in Kurdistan. This delicious recipe for molokhia with chicken has an accompanying tabbouleh recipe.

 

 

Information about the Lemon Tree Trust

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Impact Report 2018
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‘About our work’ leaflet
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Transforming land, transforming lives
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Greening innovation and urban agriculture in refugee and IDP camps explained.

Liked these resources? 

Here are a few ways you can find out more about our work, get involved and help more families living in refugee and IDP (internally displaced persons) camps to grow food and flowers. 

Together we are creating a global community of gardeners and changing the conversation around forced migration.

In the news…

The Lemon Tree Trust’s work and refugee gardener stories feature in…  

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Research papers and articles

These articles, some of which reference the Lemon Tree Trust, are written by academic researchers working in the area of urban agriculture and life sciences. This content covers several interdisciplinary topics, including forced migration and the creation of ‘accidental cities’, food and water systems/security, greening innovation, agroforestry, biodiversity, and sustainability.

 

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