Signs & labels for the garden


Learn how to make simple clear signs for the plants and features of the school garden.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English, Science, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Generate, model and communicate their ideas, using technology if required
  • Design purposeful appealing products
  • Select materials and produce signs


Gather materials.
Ask pupils to design signs that are clear and legible but are also robust and eye-catching.


  • Off-cuts of soft wood or balsa wood
  • Blackboard paint, chalk, permanent pens
  • Junior hacksaws
  • Nails
  • Paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Old seed catalogues or gardening magazines
  • Glue
  • Laminator
  • Paints
  • Canes or stakes to mount signs 
  • Waterproof tape
  • Anything else you can make into a label

Step by step

  1. Decide on the plant or feature of the garden for which you want to make a sign or a label.
  2. Choose materials for making the sign and be creative!
  3. If using wood, smooth the rough edges of the wood with sandpaper.
  4. Paint with blackboard paint if making a blackboard sign.
  5. Draw or paint a picture of the plant or words onto the wood, paper or other material.
  6. Alternatively plant photos can be cut out and stuck on with glue.
  7. Write the name of the plant in clear lettering.
  8. Laminate the sign if it is made of paper (adult task) or varnish if made of wood and leave to dry.
  9. Mount sign onto a stake using tape or nails and place sign next to plant or garden feature.

Hints & tips

  • Organise an Open Day to show off the signs, think about the messages and facts you want to tell people who are visiting your school garden for the first time
  • Use this activity as part of Grow Your Own Lunch and Focus on Fruit  and  Supermarket Sweep  class growing topics

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