Try making a colourful measuring stick to use when you are sowing seeds in your garden.
What you’ll need
- A piece of wood 1m long, 5-10 cm wide, 1–2 cm deep
- Tape measure or ruler
- Permanent marker pens (black)
- Coloured pens or paints for decoration
- Varnish and brush
How to make it
- If not already in 1m lengths, ask an adult to saw the wood to the sizes given above.
- Use the sandpaper to carefully smooth the edges of the sticks.
- Take the tape measure or ruler and mark on one side of the wood, using a pencil, 5cm spacings (i.e. 5cm, 10cm, 15cm etc). Once you have do done this, go over the pencil lines with permanent pen.
- On the other side of the wood, mark 10 or 15cm spacings. These can also be used for multiples of 30cm/45cm.
- You can decorate your stick with pictures of vegetables and fruit; make sure you can still see the numbers. Ask an adult to help you give the measuring stick a protective coat of varnish.
Originally published by rhs.org.uk
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