7 Garden Activities For Kids | Pip Milburn
7 Garden Activities For Kids
The weather is finally breaking and we’re seeing more dry and sunny days than we have in the last few months. Now’s the time the kids will want to spend more time outdoors, but you can’t be out and about every day. If you’ve got a garden to make use of, it’s a great space for kids to safely play and run off some energy. Here are a few ideas for transforming your garden into a kid-friendly haven.
Swings and Slides
No matter what ages your children are, a slide and swing will never fail to impress. They’ll get hours of fun out of pushing each other as high as they can go and climbing up the slide backwards. They may even attempt to slide down on their stomachs. In the Summer, the slide can be placed in a paddling pool to create even more fun. If you’re looking for a bargain, you can now buy swings where the seat can be adjusted. These swings will last from toddler age until around eight years old.
So much can be learned by spending time outdoors. It’s not only extremely healthy for young children, but it can also be educational too. Growing your own vegetables is a great way to get your children involved in gardening. If they realise they can grow their own food, bring it into the house to cook and then eat, they’re far more likely to take those lessons well into adulthood. It’s also a great way to teach children about responsibility. Watering and covering the vegetable patch when needed is an easy and achievable job for young minds.
A play house isn’t just a safe place to play in the garden; it also promotes role play in little minds. Developing the imagination is one of the best things parents can do for their young children. It can teach vital skills like sharing, communication, negotiation and many more. If one parent is handy with DIY, you could even have a go at creating your own play house for the garden. You can get all the timber you need at George Hill Timber. Then all you need is some paint and stencils to brighten it up. The kids can even help with that part.
Are you looking for something to drain the energy from your kids? Look no further than a trampoline. A one-time purchase can have your kids bouncing away for hours while you get on with chores. It’s also an excellent incentive for children who are taking part in gymnastic or dance classes. Trampolines can take up a lot of room and they’ll need to be tied down during particularly windy seasons, but they’re easy to keep clean and they’ll last a few years.
Make a Bird Feeder
If you’re lucky enough to have a decent sized garden, you’ll probably get a few flighty visitors once in a while. Birds will often come searching for food, especially during the colder months. Setting out a bird feeder could invite some wonderful breeds of birds into your garden. It’s a great activity for the kids to watch out for different species of birds and keep the bird feeder filled. It’s also important for them to realise that being kind to animals is a way of life. It’s easy to make your own bird feeder and the whole family can get involved.
Decorate Plant Pots
It’s not too late to plant some beautiful flowers, like pansies or carnations. They often thrive in pots of their own, so they’re ideal for the children to plant by themselves. Get a few plain pots and some paints and let each child decorate their own pot and plant their own flowers. Make each child responsible for watering their plants and taking care of their flowers. It’s another way to teach a child about responsibility while having some fun outdoors.
Most children are fascinated by insects. But, the last thing you want is a house full of insects that weren’t invited in. So, why not allow your children to catch insects under your own conditions. Spend some time in the garden and let your children catch as many insects as they can find. Then, hand them some paper and crayons and ask them to draw each insect. Instead of bringing the insects in the house, the children have to set them free and put their drawings on the fridge instead.
Spending time in the garden is wonderful for all the family.
*This is a collaboration post.