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.

‘Gardener to Gardener’ Seed Appeal Graphics

Download this A5 poster (PDF), print it at home and pin up on your allotment noticeboard, community hub or window to encourage support for our Emergency Seed Appeal. We have two designs for you to choose from.

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Poster – gardener
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Poster – flowers

Social media

Tell friends and family about how you are supporting our emergency Covid-19 Seed Appeal with these social media graphics. There are two designs to choose from for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp – download below.

Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #SeedAppeal and #StayHomePlantSeeds.

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I’m supporting the Lemon Tree Trust’s ‘Gardener to Gardener’ Seed Appeal 😊🍋

The appeal is helping people living in refugee camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to continue growing food and flowers in their small home gardens while they stay home.

If you would like to support the appeal, you can:

🌱 Send any spare seed directly to the Lemon Tree Trust for distribution later in the year – email [email protected] for a postal address
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🌷 Donate directly to the Seed Appeal online: https://lemontreetrust.org/donate/

#SeedAppeal #StayHomePlantSeeds

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Instagram

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Facebook

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Twitter

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WhatsApp

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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.

 

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