As the UK are becoming more health conscious as well as being environmentally healthy; not to mention the rising costs of food we are seeing younger adults and families taking to the growing your own concept.
Parents love to find creative ways to get children enjoying the outdoors, away from their screens and embracing nature - What better way than to involve them in growing their own food - which in turn will more than likely help encourage them to 'eat their greens'!
Obviously, safety & site rules are paramount and here are some things to consider before letting children loose at your allotment site:
The main starting point is to point out obvious dangers and consider age appropriate activities. Don't lose heart if children lose interest, keep things varied and don't try and force it. Patience is key - You won't always get done what you planned every time. Younger children will more than likely take to it more easily but will require closer supervision. Teens may not want to get dirty and would rather sit in the car on TikTok but don't let it all frustrate you!
They may want to incorporate their progress into a school project, for 'show and tell' or a personal diary. Let them take the lead with some guidance - they may show an interest in the wildlife around them or want to embark on an art project using leaves and other natural debris.
Siblings often argue over toys and shared items so to allow things to run smoothly it's worth ensuring they have their own.
Seeds to sow that are quick to grow and/or fun:
You may even consider a small play area for your plot if you have the room and make a mud kitchen, used tyres, wooden climbing structures, sand pit and so on with bark, sand or grass as a soft play base.
The fun doesn't stop leaving the plot! They can help wash the veg, prepare and cook them too!