Hands up if you’ve been spending an unusual amount of time in the garden lately?
I know that I’m lucky, that not everyone has the luxury of a garden, but if you do have one, or even just space for a few window boxes, then you might be interested in this competition that I’m hosting on behalf of Sudocrem to win one of three family gardening sets.
With schools closed for the foreseeable, millions of parents all over the UK are looking for new ways to keep children busy and so Sudocrem has launched their new Back to the Garden campaign, an initiative to get families back into planting and growing, wherever they are. Encouraging your children to plant seeds and take an interest in growing can give them a long-term project to focus on, away from the computer. And the good news is, you don’t need a garden to get involved: creating a window box full of edible herbs can be just as inspiring as digging a vegetable patch.
I’ve thought about Sudocrem quite a bit on and off since I had my ridiculously naive realisation about them last year. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realise this? It’s listed in the ingredients AND there is lavender coloured lettering, so I feel quite stupid, but I’d always just thought the smell was ‘Sudocrem’.
Teaming up with gardeners and garden centres all over the nation, Sudocrem’s Back to the Garden campaign will encourage children and their parents to begin their own gardening projects at home or in the garden. The initiative will include tips and advice on potting plants, spotting a weed and keeping your plants healthy from gardeners all over the UK. Sudocrem will also be donating one hundred growing kits to families all over the UK to kick start their growing projects.
“Right now, there are around 5 million children under the age of 10 who need activities to get them through the next few months,” says Alice Bamford, Sudocrem brand manager. “At Sudocrem, we want to give families a hand as best we can.”
I’ve got three of Sudocrem’s gardening kits to giveaway, with all the basics to kickstart your indoor and outdoor gardening projects.
To enter, simply do as many of the actions in the widget below as you can – the more you do, the better your chances of winning. The competition will close at 11.59pm on May 20th 2020 and full T&Cs apply.
Once you’ve done that, Sudocrem also has its own competition going on where you can win one of 5 x £100 gardening centre vouchers just by sharing your gardening pictures on social media – tag @Sudocrem, #BackToTheGarden & #SudocremBTTGcomp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to enter. Terms and Conditions apply.
Win a family gardening kit worth £40.
I just love gardening with my children, I think it is important because it learns them to be responsible looking after their flowers making sure they are watered and safe from slugs and bugs!
It’s also important to get them involved with growing their own fruit and vegetables it’s fun and healthy! :) Gardening also is fantastic for senses.
It gets them outside and learn how to care for something
This set is great for children to start gardening it’s important to help them understand how you grow vegetables and fruit and the daily care it takes to help them grow and also to realize that fruit and veg doesn’t come from a supermarket it has to be grown by someone
So they can learn where the vegetables and flowers come from … and to spend time outdoors in the fresh air.
So they find out vegetables don’t just come from supermarkets!
They get fresh air and see the benefits of nature.
It is important to learn about nature and nurture. Valuable lessons to utilise thru’ life.
It teaches them about growth and wild life, and by planting and growing vegetables, they may be more willing to eat them!
Kids can learn so much from gardening and it’s fun, productive and creative.
I think it is good to grow fruit and veg with children so they understand where their food comes from and to grow things like sunflowers to show them gardening is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time.
Gardening engages all sorts of senses and helps children to develop and recognise them without even realising. They can feel the texture of soil, seeds, flower and petals. As children garden, they develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing.
because its a fascinating thing, like magic, to teach them
a great chance to choose and try new food they grow and understand more o the wildlife involved too
I think the majority of children would love to grow something and they just need encouragement, they love seeing a plant grow and flower
It can be enjoyable and teach them a life long skil.
great skills to learn
They can only benefit from watching things grow and nurturing them as they do
I think it’s really important to get my children involved in the gardening because it’s in the fresh air and I really love them working on our veg patch because it shows them how things grow and where the food we eat comes from.
they can learn so much from what they are planting to what they dig up. it also gets them outside and off their devices.
It is a fun way to learn some science, get fresh air and be creative.
I think it’s important that children know that they have to put effort in to reap the rewards, we have to water and look after our vegetables if we want to have delicious meals.
because I’m so rubbish at it – I need my kids to do it for me!
Growing veg helps them understand where their food comes from and encourages them to eat a variety of fruit & veg.
It gets them outside and teaches them so much not just about plants/veg/flowers but insects etc as well.
If we don’t continue making sure plants are everywhere there won’t be any air left for us to breathe, so the more they learn the better our planet’s chance x
It’s good to get them away from modern tech, a bit of fresh air everyday is great!
I think it is important for children to learn about gardening, they can learn where veg comes from and they can enjoy the sight of seeds coming to life and it is a skill they can take through life for many years to come
Brings them in touch with nature
It’s important to get the kids out of the house and gardening is a great way to get them off the computers and laptops
Nature and gardening are life!
It shows them the value of food and how hard it can be to grow. It also gives them great enjoyment when they eat something they’ve grown.
My children have enjoyed gardening for a while, they have their own fruit/veg patch too. They love planting things and making the garden bright and colourful and get their own tasty food at the end of it too. The fresh air and being away from screens is a massive bonus too!
Gardening is an essential life skill/lesson in so many ways! All kids experiences are very much quick with no waiting and nurturing involved. Gardening is a whole child experience filled with patience, love, care, time and a bit of muck thrown in for good measure! All children should learn how to grow something they can then eat it’s essential!!!
Learning where food comes from is important and so is learning about the role of bugs, bees and butterflies in the garden.Messy is also quite appealing to some children.
It is important to understand where food comes from. Plus my son is much calmer after he has been in nature
My kids & now granddaughter have always helped me in the garden. My Granddaughter particularly enjoys planting seeds & then watering them once they are planted out. I think it’s important to show how plants start as just a small seed but grow into something either beautiful or useful/edible. It teaches them you don’t have to just buy everything from supermarkets plus it gets them out ito the fresh air where they can see nature up close.
Children learn about how things grow and the effort that goes into helping them grow. when you are allowed to ‘play’ in mud they will retain valuable information. They can gain a great sense of pride and achievement watching their produce thrive or learn what went wrong if things don’t turn out as planned – we probably all learn more when things go wrong than when they go right! Children are little sponges and gather lots of hints & tips and with careful guidance you can nurture a love of the outdoors and nature. Being self sufficient with produce is a precious gift you can pass on. You don’t have to be self sufficient with all fruit & veg, start small and do what you can. Above all, enjoy it.
What a great thing to watch plants growing
I think its important that children know where their food comes from and how to grow, prepare and cook it x
It’s great for their mental health and learning self sufficiency.
I think it’s so important for kids to see, enjoy and understand nature. They can gain a sense of pride from growing their own too.
It really helps with mental health and being outside with nature. Looking after and tending to our plants from seed giving them sun and water each day. Great for all of us
I think it’s really important for children to understand where our food comes from and how things grow, and how in the big cycle of life it helps keep us alive. I also gardening and being outdoors is really good for mental health. To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow, or something similar is one of my favourite quotes
It’s important that they know where their food comes from and I think that growing their own is a great way of getting them to try something new as they are excited watching it grow and then proud of what they’ve created
I could reiterate everything everyone else has written! Growing their own certainly teaches children about respecting plants and flowers and, yes, they get a huge kick out of eating something they’ve grown themselves! xx
because that is how I learnt from my grandparents and i’ve been doing it every since.
I think it’s important for children to understand where our food comes from, same with flowers and plants and how important they are to bees and birds.
I think it is good to teach them how to grow plants or food that you can grow to teach them where some food comes from.
my grand children and I are growing lettuce and raddish in pots,I’m hoping they will eat it when we harvest.It’s important to be involved,they are enjoying it so far
I think that gardening is a very soothing and mindful activity for children to be involved in.
It’s a great opportunity to help them learn how things grow and how flowers help bugs
I think it’s important as it teaches them where their food comes from, to be patient, to learn to look after something, that hard work will be rewarded and it gets them outside
It teaches them some patience and in our instant world, that some things take time
It gives them a sense of responsibility and gets,them out in the fresh air xx
It helps them understand where some food comes from. It keeps them busy and in the Fresh air
I never tire of seeing their faces when seeds first begin to grow…the little green shoots appearing as if from nowhere. It’s like a proper little miracle – especially things like sunflowers which can grow so massive. Then to grow their own actual veg – it seems to help the kids EAT loads nore veg when theyve grown it.
we set the kids up planting seeds, its good for then to see the for grow and how much it takes to produce food
Gardening is very relaxing and it is great to teach how things grow and that we can all have a go!
Fresh air, exercise getting mucky and getting an understanding of where our food comes from
Amazing giveaway. I think that it’s so important for children to learn how plants grow. It’s so much fun being in the garden too! Fred would love this.
I think its important that children have an understanding of nature from a young age! It’s great for them to be out in the fresh air learning rather than sitting in front of a TV
They learn and watch seeds grow and water them every day
It’s important to encourage a love of nature.
They learn so much and it encourages them to perhaps eat more veg, especially as they have grown them
The kids love watching the seeds grow, it teaches them patience
I think its good for children to garden as they are learning about nature, science and having fun
It teaches them about nature and how plants grow. Also, growing vegetables shows where food comes from.
Firstly, it’s a great life skill – growing flowers and perhaps fruit and vegetables – learning to nurture and be patient over the time it takes for them to grow and flourish. Also, it’s so important to spend time outdoors enjoying nature. My children love a bit of a gardening!
I think is important because kids learnig of natural and plants.
I think gardening for children gives them the perfect chance to relax and enjoy learning new skills.
They get to learn something new that they perhaps didn’t think they would like. It gets them outdoors and away from the tv/computer/tablets which i think is really important.
Great to get children out in the fresh air, learning to grow from seed and growing
Bit of Vitamin D. Gardening is so much fun. You can even make rainbows with the garden hose. You can learn, observe and nurture plants. Make a wildlife corner or grow your own hideaway from willow.
Even the fussiest eaters will try their own vegetables. They can pick their little radishes or peas and was it at the garden tap. Gardening is a great workout, they always sleep well after a bit of digging and weeding.
It’s good for getting outside in the garden to get some fresh air and it’s great to plant things and watch them grow x
They get to enjoy nature, learn new things about wildlife and gets them outdoors enjoying the fresh air instead of being in front of the TV or taplet.
It teaches them some responsibility – they’ll need to take good care of their plants to keep them nice and healthy! It teaches also that veggies doesn’t grow at the supermarket and that they need to be patient to get results. It’s good for their understanding of the world and their motor skills. Plus it’s fun and rewarding!
It’s a great life skill, good exercise and time outdoors.
To me it’s important that my kids come out and play and help in the garden because some of my fondest memories are from doing just that with my Grandparents! ❤
It gets them outside into the fresh air as well as encouraging them to care for the environment
It teaches them about science in such a fun way that they dont even realise they are learning
Being outside, having fresh air, learning about creatures living in the soil, taking care of plants and enjoy the reward for hard work – strawberries :)
it teaches children how to be self sufficient and shows how produce grows from seed
gets them outside and learns where everything comes from
its a great way of getting them to connect with nature
To get outside in the fresh air and I think they are more likely to eat vegetables if they have grown them.
It gives them a new skill, gets them outside and teaches them patience. There is nothing like planting a seed and then finally seeing it grow.
It teaches them to care for something and understand where food comes from
Instead children indoors doing crafts, toys, this gardening adventure brings them new beginnings
It’s great to show them how things grow, as well as getting some fresh air!
It gets them outside, shows how to look after things and shows them how to be gentle!
I think it can help foster a sense of responsibility and achievement in them when they manage to successfully grow something! I also love that it encourages spending time outdoors.
Its a fantastic way of them learning first hand and helps them to see something that they have helped and nurtured to grow.
It teaches children that if they put time and effort into something they can help something grow. Also teaches them patience
It gets them out in the fresh air and they learn new skills
It teaches them how to grow plants/veg/fruit so that they realise they don’t just come from a supermarket. It gives them life skills and it gets them out in the fresh air
It’s important for children to value their food, experiencing the whole process of growing to eating is impoetant
My husband is one of the teaching staff looking after keyworker’s children. He has got them to grow vegetable plants to sell in our local farm shop. The children have loved being outside, learning how to grow fruit and veg and they are getting a good dose of vitamin D!
It shows them how our food is produced and how gardening can be a lifelong hobby.
It teaches them to look after something, teaches them how to prepare a space maintain it and it is a great learning experience watching plants grow
It is such fun to watch things grow and then pick and eat them is amazing
It gives them practical skills, confidence, and understanding of the world around them.
Growing fruit and vegetables teaches them about where food comes from.
Fresh air is obviously good, but showing children how things grow (and where vegetables come from!) is beneficial learning.
It’s important for them to get outside in the fresh air to learn how things grow and to introduce them to the other creatures that may live in the garden i. e. Bugs and birds
Gardening provides physical exercise as well as being educational. Opportunity to grow nutritional food :- Fruit and vegetables. As well as beautiful flowers, etc. Can be good for health :- Getting into the outdoors, fresh air. Intergenerational connections, as can learn from parents, grandparents, etc. Children have lots to gain from the opportunity of getting involved in gardening.
It’s very important for children to connect with the earth
It’s important for kids to get fresh air and learn where their food comes from
It helps them to learn about nature and learning how things grow outside is fun
So they can enjoy the outdoors and see how things grow
teaches respect for nature and can see life cycles and a sense of achievement watching things grow
I think it’s important for kids to have a go at gardening because it gets them out in the fresh air and helps them connect with nature teaching them about the natural world and life cycles.
It’s also great for their mental health boosting their confidence as they begin to see the results of their efforts and nurturing, as well as teaching them responsibility.
Personally I think every school should have a patch for the children to learn gardening as part of the curriculum.
my kids have planted some veggie seeds so now they are looking forward to eating them when they get to that point
We have been. Growing beans and strawberries in pots in out front garden. Hanging basket strawberries are brill! My children age 2,3 and 5 are all learning the values of caring for something else’s needs, they all help water daily and look for insects. :)
I love gardening with my children because it shows them you can grow something beautiful and natural with care attentiveness and patience. It teaches them the very basics of the cycle of life, how we should all strive for a more natural world to live in and how hard work, determination and patience really pays off in the end. We don’t have a big garden but we are growing potatoes and carrots in bags and my children have loved every minute of helping me :-)
It teaches them responsibility and also gets them out in the fresh air away from screens
I think its important for little ones to learn about nature and get out in the fresh air.
So they learn about nature and where food comes from
It makes you appreciate where your fruit and veg come from!
It’s a great skill to have – and it gets you outdoors!
Gardening gets children outside in the fresh air and sunshine while teaching them about nature and how to take care of their environment.
I may not be a mummy but I am a single daddy . My boys love being outdoors and want to plant some plants to.attract bees and butterflies. They love grinning too but don’t we all
Waiting for the next competition! :)
I just like to gardening with children, I think this is very important, because it will make them a head of the person to take care of their flowers to ensure that they are watering and safe!