If you’re looking for ways to get your kids off the couch and into the fresh air, your garden is the perfect place to start. From growing cool plants to having yummy meals outside and playing with fun toys, here are five super fun ideas to make your garden the go-to spot for your little adventurers.
Planting and Growing
Kids love to get their hands dirty, so let them be little gardeners- pick some easy to grow plants like sunflowers, tomatoes, or colorful flowers. Give them a small patch in the garden and encourage them to do daily checks and watering. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach them about things like seed germination, plant life cycles, pests and so much more in a way that’s much more fun than just reading it from a book.
Picnics and Alfresco Meals
Make mealtimes much more exciting by dining in the garden. Spread out a blanket on the grass, pack some tasty snacks, and enjoy a meal under the open sky. Even if you just take your regular breakfast, lunch or dinner outside and sit at the table it makes it much more fun. If you’re looking to have some work done to your garden, have a patio area installed with stone pavers] or slabs and then you can put a nice outdoor dining set on it. As long as you keep it covered in winter it will last for years so a good investment.
Bring out the toys and let the outdoor play begin, if you have a bigger budget you could invest in a climbing frame, swings and a build in sandpit. But even on a budget, things like a skipping rope, hula hoop, roller skates or a ball can all be fantastic for playtime. It keeps kids active and off their screens! Water fights, scavenger hunts, minibeast hunting and so much more are probably some of the things you enjoyed being outside and doing when you were little so let your kids do the same. When the sun is shining and you’re all sitting outdoors, kids will always find things to do.
The garden is a great place for messy crafts like painting as they’re so much easier to clean up compared to inside. And you have tons of inspirations for things to paint and draw, like flowers, insects, or anything that catches their eye. Let them bust out their paints, and once they’re finished you can easily clean up any spills with the garden hose, as well as hose off their hands to keep your home free of the mess and stains!
Be sure to make your garden safe for little ones, that means covering over ponds and water, checking none of the plants growing are toxic and making sure there are no gaps in fencing for escape routes! Otherwise, get them outdoors and they’ll always have a fantastic time.
What are your favorite things to do with your kids in the garden in summer?