This year’s National Children’s Gardening Week takes place from 29th of May until 6th of June and celebrates the fun (and many benefits) that gardens hold for kids. Gardening is a fantastic way to spend some quality time with your children. Not only do kids love the great outdoors, but the fresh air is also good for your child’s mental and physical development.
To support National Children’s Gardening Week, we’re encouraging children to explore their gardens, engage with nature and get growing.
We’ve lots of fun activities to enjoy during the week, including FREE in-store giveaways with Thompson & Morgan Super Seeds and Peppa Pig gardening booklets, plus a kids gardening activity pack to download and enjoy at home. We’re also running a competition to Win a raised bed for your local school. Together, we can help children grow. See below for all the details!
FREE in-store seeds giveaway with Thompson & Morgan!
With the days warming up, half term is the perfect time for kids to get outside, whatever the weather, and try their hand at seed sowing!
We’ve teamed up with Thompson & Morgan to give-away FREE ‘super seeds’ for green-fingered kids. Visit one of your local Millbrook garden centres, head to the tills, say #LetsGetGrowing and pick up a free pack of seeds. (Limited availability. Only available while stocks last).
When you’ve collected your seeds, read our helpful Sowing Guide here. Happy sowing – and growing!
Gardening fun with Peppa Pig!
Peppa Pig fans can discover the joy of gardening with their favourite characters, Peppa and George!
We’ve a limited supply of FREE Peppa Pig gardening activity booklets, full of fun gardening activities for your little ones to enjoy at home! Available to pick up from 29th May – 6th June in our Toy Department (while stocks last) with an option to donate to Save the Children.
These booklets have been provided by the Horticultural Trades Association, who have partnered with Peppa Pig, to promote the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of gardening and raise funds for Save the Children.
Kids’ gardening activity pack
There is nothing more delicious than eating something you’ve grown yourself. Whatever space you have, there’s always room to grow some yummy veg.
We’ve put together a kids gardening activity pack for you to download, which includes instructions on how to make a Millbrook Minis Veggie Garden!
Follow our guide and you’ll all be tucking into home-grown good stuff in no time! We’d love to see the pics of your veggie garden! Post them on our social media pages using #growyour5aday or email them to us.
Make time for outdoor play
Playing outdoors in your garden has a host of health benefits, from the Vitamin D of the sun, to just getting a bit of fresh air.
You might want to think up some exciting games to make outdoor play more fun. Why not set a challenge to collect things in the garden, such as leaves, sticks or stones and make a nature collage with what you find? Draw, trace or make crayon rubbings of nature objects? Play Garden I-Spy?
If you’re looking to update your garden toys, we’ve a great selection available in our Toy Department. We also stock popular kids’ toys including Lego, Playmobil, Playdoh, Peppa Pig, Sylvanian Families and more. Visit our Toy Department to view our range!
Win a raised bed for your school!
Growing veg in a school garden is a great way to get children engaging with nature, trying new foods and thinking about the environmental impact of what they eat.
To celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week, our Gravesend, Staplehurst and Crowborough centres will be giving away to one local school in these areas, a fantastic Grow Your Own Garden prize!
To find out more visit our competition info page.
Host a garden party for Greenfingers!
Children’s Gardening Week supports Greenfingers, Millbrook’s charity of the year. There are lots of gardening activities on their website, for little ones to enjoy at home, including hosting a children’s garden party in aid of Greenfingers.
Visit Children’s Gardening Week for more information and ideas
Whatever you do this half-term, we hope you find the time to get in the garden, soak up some sunshine and get growing together! We’d love to see your garden pics – post them on our social media pages using #LetsGetGrowing or email them to us!