A Year of Nature Craft and Play

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A Year of Nature Craft and Play is a new activity book by Becky Goddard-Hill and Catherine Hughes. Designed to inspire kids to get creative with nature, it’s filled with 52 crafts, gardening projects, games, art activities and science experiments to keep them busy all year.  Each activity uses materials that are easy to find in nature, so they’re low cost, eco-friendly and simple to organise.

A Year of Nature Craft and Play

We’re thrilled to be taking part in the blogging book tour to launch A Year of Nature Craft and Play, and sharing one of Becky and Catherine’s favourite nature activities here on the blog.

Homemade flowering bulb pots

This simple gardening project is a lovely way to enjoy flowers indoors during winter – and it’s perfect for making homemade gifts too.

Autumn is the best time of year to plant spring flowering bulbs in the garden, but did you know you can also ‘force’ spring bulbs to flower early indoors?

A Year of Nature Craft and Play

To do this, you need to trick your flower bulbs into thinking winter has already arrived, so they start to grow sooner.

You will need

  • Small plant pots
  • Potting compost
  • Hand trowel
  • Gardening gloves
  • Spring flowering bulbs – miniature daffodils, crocus and miniature iris are all ideal
  1. Use your trowel to put a small amount of compost in the bottom of your pot.
  2. Plant your bulbs on top of the compost, with the pointy ends facing upwards.  You can fill the pot, but it’s best if the bulbs aren’t touching each other.
  3. Cover the bulbs up with more compost, until the pot is almost full.
  4. Water your pot.
  5. Put your pot in a cool, dark place – this is to create the same conditions as winter.  An unheated garage, cellar or shed is perfect.  Cover the top of the pot with a plant saucer or a paper bag to block out the light.
  6. Check your pot every now and then – keep the soil damp, but not really wet.
  7. When you can see green tips peeking through the soil, it’s time to bring your pot indoors and place it in a warm spot.  Your bulbs will continue to grow and you’ll have beautiful flowers in around three weeks.
A Year of Nature Craft and Play

If you’d like to turn your bulbs into a homemade gift, you could put them in a pretty pot and add some ribbon, or decorate the pot yourself for a really personal touch.

Bulb planting is a fantastic way to get kids engaged with nature and teach them about how plants grow.  Perhaps you could have a go at planting bulbs in the garden too?

The A Year of Nature Craft and Play book is out now and makes a great gift for young nature fans. It has an RRP of £12.99 and you can find out more here.

A Year of Nature Craft and Play

A Year of Nature Craft and Play book tour 

If you’d like to take a look at the other Nature Craft and Play Book Tour bloggers you can find them here:

30th September – www.pennyreads.co.uk

1st October – www.emmaand3.com

3rd October – www.mummymummymum.com

4th October – www.whatkatysaid.com

5th October –  www.monkeyandmouse.co.uk

6th October – www.wemadethislife.com

7th October – www.thriftymum.com

8th October – www.rainydaymum.co.uk

9th October – www.goingonanadventure.co.uk


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I’d love to win for my children, we would have so much fun together! I always struggle for ideas so this would be perfect xx

  2. Id love to win this book as my daughters favourite thing to do is crafte and we have been doing a lot of nature crafts this year and would love new ideas

  3. My little ones love everything about nature as well as crafting. We are going to make over some of our garden next year for them to have their own little nature space this will be perfect

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