Outdoor fun in October

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By Rose Joyceaccredited trainer and facilitator at Learning through Landscapes

Plant some daffodil bulbs ready for spring, and celebrate the festival of Diwali with dancing outdoors

Let's experiment

See how they grow

Empty one of your pots or tubs with a small group of children, and half fill it with fresh compost and bulb fibre. Invite the children to carefully cut open a bag of bulbs, such as daffodils or crocus, and arrange them on a tray. Encourage each child to take one bulb and look at it closely. Ask them, ‘What does the bulb remind you of?’, ‘Have you ever looked at a bulb before?’, ‘Which is the top and which is the bottom?’, ‘How can you tell?’, ‘What will it look like when it grows?’. Show the children an image of a fully grown daffodil or crocus. Help the children to plant the bulbs, ensuring that each bulb is the correct way up, water them and wait until spring! Write a label for the tub entitled ‘Children’s bulbs – do not touch!’ and laminate it.

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