In our garden

4 - 6 years
Everyday ways to help your child with literacy and numeracy
Mother gardening with daughter

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

Gardens are a great place for getting fresh air, burning off energy and exploring nature. To grow your child’s literacy and numeracy skills at the same time, cultivate ideas such as these:

  • talk about the plants – eg names, colours, sizes, shapes, how they grow
  • talk about creatures in your garden such as insects, bugs, worms and birds – eg names, colours, sounds, what they eat, their life cycles
  • talk about gardening tools – eg what they are called, what you use them for
  • ask your child’s opinion
    Do these plants need water?
    Is this a weed?
    What job should we do next?
  • count, count, count.
    How many petals does that flower have?
    How many tomatoes are ripe?
    How many ants are there?



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Last modified
7 April 2020