The summer holidays are rapidly approaching, and with that are the inevitable cries of ‘I’m bored!’ from the kids. Assuming we have at least a few decent days, there are plenty of things you can do out in the garden that will cost next to nothing.
8 things to do in the garden this summer
- Paint with flowers
We have done this before with dandelions, and the effects were really lovely. This would be great for making pretty wrapping paper for an extra special homemade touch
2. Go on a bug hunt
We love our Bug Safari kit, which is available from The Natural History Museum Shop. It has tongs and tweezers to gently capture the bugs, and a handy little magnifying pot and field magnifying glass to examine insects closely.
3. Make a nature bracelet
This is on our ‘to do’ list for the summer. Simply get a piece of tape and wrap it around your wrist, so that the sticky side is facing up (otherwise the only thing that will stick to it is your skin!). You can then stick all sorts of interesting things to it – bits of bark, leaves, flowers, feathers, seeds…whatever you come across
4. Make a bug hotel
These can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Find an old box or pallet, and fill with reclaimed materials – bits of wood (especially dead wood), loose bark, old plant pots, pine cones, hollow tubes…anything. Pop it in the corner of the garden and watch the bugs come and make themselves comfortable!Make magic mixturesHave a water fight
5. Paint with water
Give the kids a bucket of water and a big paintbrush – they’ll love ‘painting’ the fences, decking, patio and walls!
6. Make jam jar lanterns
I don’t know about you, but we seem to have hundreds of empty jam jars. Take the labels off, give them a good wash and let the kids loose with PVA glue and tissue paper or stickers to make pretty lanterns. Pop a tea light inside (real or battery operated one) and put them out on the patio table in the evening for a pretty decoration. You could even have a go at making some more grown up looking ones for the adults.
7. Have a teddy bears picnic
Or dolls. Or Avengers characters. Or whatever they are in to! Throw a picnic rug or blanket out on the grass, cut up sandwiches into some little triangles and a few little treats, and have a picnic.
8. Have your own sports day
Have races down the garden, see who can hula hoop the longest or who can skip the most. Get them to stand next to wall with a piece of chalk and jump – can they make a mark with the chalk as they jump? You can buy packs of ‘gold’ medals from Baker Ross, because of course, everyone’s a winner. You could even throw a little medal presentation event!
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