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, Arabic and Farsi so that more people can join in and enjoy gardening.

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View these resources in Farsi | این منابع را به زبان فارسی مشاهده کنید

Lenny Lemon’s Gardening Activities

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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 21 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.

Set 1

Sunflower pot people
Pressed flowers frame
Make a kite
Butterfly crop protector
Make super plant labels
Make a crown from leaves or petals
Pebble painting
Plant tin can herbs
Make an origami seed packet
Create a rainbow collage
Make newspaper pots

Set 2

Make a ladybird and bug home
Drinking trays for birds
Grow snapdragons
Make and follow a trail
Animal leaf pictures
Container planting with a twist
Mr and Mrs Cresshead
Cane toppers
Make a seed storage box
Build a mini wormery

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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. 

 

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.

Download in Arabic | تحميل بالعربية

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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.

Download in Arabic | تحميل بالعربية

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.

Download in Arabic | تحميل بالعربية

 

 

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.

Support poster

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Use this poster to help promote your fundraising activities and events in support of the Lemon Tree Trust. Alternatively, display the poster in your window or public notice board to raise awareness of our work. Download the poster and print at home.

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.

 

The team behind FlORXLzine – Carmen Sheridan, Hannah Jones and Emma Brown – have raised £1000 for the Lemon Tree Trust through sales of the print publication. The first issue of the zine was launched in November 2021 to celebrate plants, gardens and horticulture and the team have gone on to publish two more. They … Continued

Thank you to Rachael Jefferies for inviting us on to the Centre for Minorities Research Podcast to talk about our work. The Centre for Minorities Research is based at the University of St Andrews, St Andrews in Scotland, UK. And the centre’s student-led podcast provides a space for students to creatively explore their research interests. … Continued

Our community garden at the SEED Foundation trauma centre in Bardarash camp is finished! And the garden is already being used. Isn’t it wonderful to see the children singing? It is literally music to our ears. The community garden is a space for SEED centre clients and Bardarash residents to enjoy every day. The garden … Continued