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  • Make a Bee Planter Stick for your wildflower Seed Bomb patch

    A simple natural craft for children (young ones may need a grown ups help). The creators at Nature Nurture Kids first designed this bee planter stick with the idea they would be placed next to our wildflower Seed Bombs, helping little ones remember where to watch their flowers grow! However since making them, we have found our little ones have been finding other fun uses like puppet shows and role play... so if your little ones can come up with some other fun ways to enjoy their bee sticks, please do share with us! What you will need: A pine cone Some yellow and black wool yarn (a few different shades of yellow works well too) 2 small pebbles 2 dried leaves 1 lolly stick White and black pens or paint Strong glue Step 1 Wrap the yellow wool around the pine cone, weaving it through the gaps. When you have used up all the wool, push the end into the closest gap (you may want to pop a dot a glue to keep it in place). Step 2 Wrap the black wool around the pine cone a couple of times ending up at the back of the bee. Push the end into the closest gap at the back (you may want to pop a dot a glue to keep it in place). Step 3 Paint or draw onto the small stones to make the eyes (we painted a white background, then drew the black centre with pen). Step 4 Add 2 blobs of glue to the face of the pine cone, placing down the stone eyes, sticking them in place. Step 5 Trim down the leaves for wings if they are too big. Step 6 Add a blob of glue to the sides of the pine cone and push the leaves in gently, sticking them in place. Step 7 Add a blob of glue to the underneath of the bee and gently push in the lolly stick, sticking it in place. Step 6 Once dry, push the bee planter stick directly into the ground or plant pot, next to your wildflower Seed Bomb. Step 7 Enjoy watching the flowers grow alongside your new bee friend!

  • Why should we teach our kids to help bees?

    We are at a time now where we have come to the understanding that if we do not take care of our planet, we are not taking care of our children’s future. We are each responsible for setting a positive example to our children; to empower them and give them the tools, knowledge and confidence to work in and with nature. Demonstrating how our actions, however small, can have a positive impact on the planet and their future. If we can teach our children to love nature, they are far more likely to take care and nurture their environment when they are older. "Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we cannot expect them to help protect and care for it" David Suzuki. Why are bees so important? Bees are imperative to the natural circle of life on our planet. They are one of the world’s most important pollinators as they are able to pollinate on a huge scale, unlike other pollinators like wind, birds, bats and other insects. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, approximately 80% of all flowering plants are specialised for pollination by animals, mostly insects (which includes bees). Pollination is crucial because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised. It has been estimated that it would cost farmers in the UK an incredible £1.8 billion per year to manually pollinate their crops, which just further emphasises the importance of bees who provide us with every third mouthful of food we eat! Why do bees need help? Since the 1900’s, the UK has lost 20 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. This is partly due to a rise in the use of pesticides across the world, and partly to the fact we have fewer habitats with the wildflowers bees need. Teaching our kids By teaching our children about bees, it is more likely they will want to help them. There are so many fun ways to learn about bees and an abundance of learning resources available. Some children are nervous of bees due to their potential sting. The best tool against fear is education and by learning about bees, children can begin to understand that these tiny creatures are much more than buzzing, stinging insects. How to inspire kids to learn about bees Set up a bee play and craft table; include bee books from your local library, printed worksheets and craft materials. Have your Nature Nurture Kids Bee Rescue Kit on hand to help out a tired bee – there is so much to see and learn by watching a close up encounter of a feeding bee. Go on a bug hunt in your garden. Book a local guided Bee Walk. Record and identify bees you see in your garden. Keep a nature diary. Book a local bee keeping talk/demonstration. Do bee crafts – see our latest blog on how to make a simple bee for your wildflower seed bomb garden. How kids can help bees Create a wildflower patch in your garden. Build a bee house. Use their Nature Nurture Kids Bee Rescue Kit to help out tired bees. Create a bee watering station in your garden. Plant a herb garden. 10 Fun facts to keep kids interested There are more than 20,000 species of bees. Bees have five eyes and six legs. Bees can see all colours except red. Each bee has 170 odorant receptors, giving them an incredible sense of smell to sniff out flowers! Honey bees live in hives (or colonies). The members of the hive are divided into three types: Queen, Workers, and Drones. The average beehive can house around 50,000 bees. Worker bees can visit 50 – 100 flowers in one single trip to collect nectar. The queen bee can lay over 2,500 eggs per day. It takes 21 days for an egg to develop into an adult bee. Honey bees can fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second. For more information and resources for your kids, head to https://friendsoftheearth.uk/nature/bees-fun-facts-and-activities-children

  • How to get the most out of your Veggie Seed Bombs

    Our Veggie Bombs have been tried and tested throughout the year. The great thing about seed bombs is that the clay will generally protect the seeds until they are ready to germinate. This means you can plant them at any point of the year and they will lay dormant until they are ready. We have left our Veggie Bombs out all through winter and most have survived into spring. However if the environment or elements are too harsh, the seeds may not all make it. Our guide below illustrates how to get optimum results from your Veggie Bombs. Your Rudi Radish Veggie Bombs When to plant The great thing about radishes is that they can be planted throughout the growing season from February through to September. Germination only takes a few days and they grow fast so your little ones won’t have to wait long to see the results. Sow & Grow Your radish bombs can be placed in containers or directly into the ground. Choose a sheltered spot in full sunshine with free draining soil. Place on top of some soil, gently pushing the seed bomb so that the bottom half is in the soil and the top half is above the surface. When the seedlings start to appear and have a pair of small leaves, gently pull some of the seedlings out to allow the other seedlings space to grow. The pulled out seedlings can be re-planted 2.5cm apart, making sure their roots and stem are re-planted deep enough for the soil to support them. TIP: By watering the radish bombs beforehand, it will make it easier to pull the seedlings out intact, avoiding damage to their roots. Care Water if dry, making sure the soil is kept moist. Harvesting your Radishes Your radishes can be harvested between 4 – 6 weeks (between April – October). Pull out the largest as they reach the size of a marble, when they are at their tenderest. Take care not to disturb the roots of the other radishes still growing. Radishes can be eaten raw, simply cut off the roots and leaves then wash! TIP: Save a few radish bombs, leaving them to dry naturally in a cool dark space. Then plant them a month or so after your first batch so that you have a continuous crop. Your Boltardy Beetroot Veggie Bombs When to plant The best time to plant your beetroot bombs is between April – July. Sow & Grow Your beetroot bombs can be planted in containers (1 beetroot bomb per 45cm pot) or directly into the ground. They will need full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil. Place on top of some soil, gently pushing the seed bomb so that the bottom half is in the soil and the top half is above the surface. Beetroot seeds produce multiple seedlings so it is best to thin them out. This allows plenty of room to grow so that they are not competing with the other seedlings for water, nutrients and light. It also helps improve the air circulation around them. When your seedlings reach around 2.5cm high, gently pull the smaller seedlings out (these can be replanted in rows 10cm apart, providing you are careful not to damage the roots). It is best to leave one plant to mature at each spot with a distance of 7-10cm between others. TIP: By watering the beetroot bombs beforehand, it will make it easier to pull the seedlings out intact, avoiding damage to their roots. Care Keep weed free. Water in dry spells every 10-14 days. Harvesting your Beetroots Your beetroots can be harvested between July – November. Harvest your beets when they are no larger than a cricket ball. You can harvest them by hand by firmly grasping the area where the leaves meet the beetroot and give a firm and steady pull until it comes out of the ground. TIP: You can also harvest your beetroots to keep in storage. To do this, harvest in autumn before the frost starts. Twist off the leaves and store in a frost free place covered in sand until ready to eat. Your Dwarf French Bean Veggie Bombs Dwarf French Beans are great for kids to grow themselves as they are easy to pick, early maturing, and have a high yield. They do not require much room except upwards, so they are perfect to grow in smaller spaces. When to plant The best time to plant your bean bombs outside is at the beginning of May/June into warm soil. Sow & Grow Your bean bombs can be placed in containers (1 bomb per 30-45cm wide container) or directly into the ground. Choose a sheltered spot in full sunshine with free draining soil. Place on top of some soil, gently pushing the seed bomb so that the bottom half is in the soil and the top half is above the surface. When sowing outdoors, make sure it is after a frost (around late May/June) into a warm sunny spot. Water the bombs when first planted. Care Water regularly, especially when the flowers and pods start to form. Keep pods off the soil by inserting short twiggy sticks. Keep weed free. Harvesting your Beans You can harvest your beans in July, August and September. Start to pick your beans when the pods are around 10cm long, before the beans can be seen through the pods. They should snap off easily. Pick regularly so that the plants crop for several weeks. TIP: Green beans are also suitable for indoor cultivation, as long as they are in a warm sunny place they can be grown throughout the year.

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  • DELIVERY & RETURNS | Nature Nurture Kids

    DELIVERY & RETURNS UK DELIVERY ​ Standard delivery within the UK is FREE on orders over £50, please allow up to 3-5 working days for your order to arrive. ​ Standard delivery: £3.95 ​ Express delivery*: £8.50 ​ *Order by 11am Monday - Thursday for next working day delivery (signature required) ​ All shipping, including our carefully thought-out sustainable packaging, is charged without profit in mind. ​ ​ RETURNS ​ As a small independent business we really want to make sure you are happy with your purchase, after all we have given it our all to make it our best for you. We pride ourselves in our friendly, efficient customer service so in the unlikely event that a product arrives with you in poor/faulty condition, or if you have any concerns about it, please email us – we will do our upmost to set things right. ​ Should you need to return any product, simply post your order to us within 14 days, unused and in its original condition. Once received we will then arrange either an exchange or full refund. ​ Before you return anything please email us at hello@naturenurturekids.co.uk with the following details: Your order number, your contact details, whether you would like a refund or exchange along with some details of why you are returning your order. ​ Please note the following before returning: ​ Please return all items in the original condition in the appropriate packaging. Should your goods arrive damaged, please include photographic evidence. This will help speed up the process. We recommend you use a ‘signed for’ delivery service and obtain proof of postage. The cost of returning any item(s) is your responsibility, as is the item until it reaches us. Refunds are credited to the same account and in the same manner as the original purchase, once we have received the return. Original shipping charges are non-refundable unless the item is faulty or we’ve made an error with packing your order. We will process your refund or exchange within 14 days. Your statutory rights are not affected. ​ You can return your item to: ​ Nature Nurture Kids, 6 Sheldon Corner, Sheldon, Chippenham SN14 0RQ

  • OUR STORY | Nature Nurture Kids

    Being a mum of two ‘wildlings’ I understand the crucial role nature plays in a child’s life. ​ We have always taught our children to care and respect nature, and to also have a clear understanding of both the positive and negative effects humans can have on our planet. By providing this knowledge from an early age, we hope to prepare and equip our children with the confidence, skills and empowerment to take responsibility and to actively make positive changes themselves. MY INSPIRATION “There can be no greater legacy than giving young people the tools they need to save our planet.” - Sir David Attenborough The inspiration for Nature Nurture Kids comes from our daughter, Kaya. When she was 6 she asked if she could have a nature kit for Christmas. She told me the kit specifically needed to be to help nature. After trawling the internet and shops I found that nothing quite ticked the box, especially when I was determined to avoid plastic single use toys. I realised that if I wanted to make her Christmas it was time to get creative! ​ I never imagined how much fun I would have sourcing, designing and creating her dream eco-friendly kit, and when I saw her face on Christmas day I realised this was something to be shared. ​ ​ After a year (or two!) of sustainably sourcing, intricately designing and of course considerable time spent testing on many, many adventures, we are excited to finally share our kits. Explore our kits THE INSPIRATION OUR STORY OUR ETHOS Nature Nurture Kids ethos is to empower children to take responsibility and action to make their world a better place... whilst of course having lots of fun along the way! If ever there was a time to nurture the Earth, it's now.

  • Eco-friendly Nature Helping Kits For Kids | Nature Nurture Kids

    WELCOME TO NATURE NURTURE KIDS More about us THE ORIGINAL NATURE NURTURE KIT The Nature Nurture Kit is the ultimate kit to equip children to help nature. Packed full of carefully selected and consciously designed items to create fun, expand knowledge and empower children to find their own path in helping and caring for nature and the Earth. ​ It's not just a bag, it's an adventure. Find out more WHAT'S TO LOVE? TEACH & EMPOWER Our kits teach children about the world around them, showing how they can actively help and take responsibility themselves. To learn is to empower! Find out more INTERACTIVE & FUN All our kits have been designed to be interactive and fun - in fact they have all been rigorously tested (and some even designed!) by kids! Shop now COMMUNITY When it comes to helping the Earth, its all hands on deck! Nature Nurture Kids aim to bring communities together so we can all play our part. Join our community by following us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter... Subscribe to newsletter RECYCLED ORGANIC RECYCLABLE BIODEGRADABLE ECO-FRIENDLY We have worked tirelessly to design, source, produce and present all our products as sustainably as we are currently able. Recycled, recyclable, biodegradable... time well spent we say! Find out more READY TO EXPLORE? EMPOWERING KIDS TO NURTURE THEIR WORLD Shop now Giving children the tools and knowledge to help the Earth.​ ​ Here at Nature Nurture Kids it is our mission to give children the opportunity to take responsibility to look after their world. Our unique handmade kits have been designed to not only give children the chance to immerse themselves within nature, but to also actively help nature, creating a sense of responsibility, care and connection. ​ If ever there were a time to nurture the Earth, it is now. Quick View The Ultimate Nature Nurture Kit Price £78.00 Quick View Eco Litter Picker Kit Price £42.00 New Quick View The Squirrel Kit Price £28.00 Quick View The Bee Gift Set Price £28.00 Quick View The Ultimate Nature Nurture Kit Price £78.00 Quick View Eco Litter Picker Kit Price £42.00 New Quick View The Squirrel Kit Price £28.00 Quick View The Bee Gift Set Price £28.00 WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR KITS Poppy absolutely loves her new nature nurture kit back pack! We wanted to treat her to something that educated her about looking after our planet and nature around us. She got such a buzz from using her own litter picker yesterday and it was very satisfying filling our compostable bag! They just love learning about the environment! Love this kit, she will get such a lot from it. What a great idea! Kate My little ones received their parcel the other day and to say its beautifully (and eco-friendly) presented is an understatement! Such a great gift to anyone, not least the planet! So excited about this!!! LIZ We absolutely love this kit! My son now takes it everywhere with him and has so far helped 3 tired bees! His face when he saw the bees long tongue for the first time was priceless, we all cheered after the bee had finished and flew off. Such a beautiful experience! JAMIE

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