Fun in the garden

Garden funThe garden for kids is a great way to learn about life and have fun growing your very own plants and vegetables, not to mention exploring and playing games in the fresh air. But gardening in the UK is also an easy way to pick up bacteria.

Even if you don’t have much garden space, our gardening tips will help you and your little ones have all kinds of fun digging, creating and growing. Just remember to wash your hands and fingernails thoroughly afterwards with Carex Hand Wash

In the garden

Involve children in planting both indoors and outdoors. Depending on the time of year plant bulbs or sunflower seeds. Set up a small container for vegetables such as potatoes, beans or peas. Talk with children about how plants need water to help them to grow. Remind children to wash their hands when they have finished planting. Talk about how water is a precious resource and when it is very hot weather sometimes we don’t have very much. Remind children that taps should always be turned off after they have washed their hands so that no water is wasted. Water could also be collected from hand washing to use to water areas of the garden. Use the children’s gardens for small world play – talk about water safety in gardens where there is a pond or paddling pool. 

Make a ‘Container’ Garden

Using a seed tray or shallow food container encourage the children to create their own gardens, using a selection of materials for garden pathways, grassy areas, and flowers. Using a small yoghurt pot, plant cress seeds and place on top of a flat surface area of the container garden. Once complete talk with the children about whether they need to wash their hands. Explain that even though they might not look dirty, stones leaves and twigs that have been outside will still harbour germs.

Garden Fun 







Did you know?

  • "Handwashing is one of the most important ways of preventing the spread of illness"

  • "Regular hand washing can reduce absenteeism amongst school children"

  • "Our hands carry a mixture of both good and bad bacteria"

  • "Most of the bacteria our hands pick up live on fingertips and under our nails"

  • "Washing with water alone doesn't guarantee that bad bacteria are removed"

  • "Good bacteria act as our personal shield against unwanted bacteria"

  • "Many bacteria can survive on surfaces for several months"

  • "The skin has its own natural defences against bad bacteria"


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