Monday, 11 July 2016

19 Great Ideas for Summer Fun in the Garden

The summer holidays are stretching hazily out far in front of us. There's no school (nursery) for weeks and weeks. There will be late nights and long lies. Playing with friends. Days out. Picnics. Now, I don't want to be hearing any murmurs of "Muuuuuuuuum, I'm bored". The garden is your oyster and I have loads of cool things for you to do outdoors this summer....


Have fun in the garden this summer
Stargaze at night...
With no school to get up for the next morning you have the perfect excuse to stay up late and look at stars on a clear night. You could maybe persuade an adult to camp in the garden with you one night too...

Quoit a lot of fun...
Grab this game of Quoits for a summer full of fun. It's great quality so will withstand having the whole neighbourhood over for a Quoits Championship this summer. £17.99

Quoit a lot of fun!
Garden treasure hunt...
This is a great game you can ask a grown up to make so that you and your friends can play at being detectives in the garden. They just need to take photos of some plants and features in the garden and print them on some paper so you can see if you can find them. See if you can remember the plant names too. 

Set up your own garden band
You can use all sorts of things from around the garden to make musical instruments - an old pot as a drum, a bamboo cane as a flute, old seedheads as shakers. Tilda loves these maracas (£5.49) and castanets (£3.99) too with a lovely ladybird finish to tie in with the garden theme.

Shake, rattle and roll! 

Try some open air theatre... Drag the dressing up box outside and put on a show. Who knows, next summer you could be putting on a Fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival!

Have a Snail Race...
You can find plenty of snails in most gardens (or we will give you plenty for free!) Chalk a race course, choose your snail and off you go! 

We have plenty of snails which we can race!
Make a miniature garden...
Mini gardens are sooooo cute. You can have whatever theme you want. Introduce some of your toys to the garden like Lego or playdough. Just get an old shoe box or cake tin and start designing your own garden with plants, grass, maybe even a little washing line!

Find some fairy gifts... 
There are fairies in all our gardens and it's nice to leave them gifts sometimes. From beds and blankets made from furry leaves to daisy chain necklaces and petal dresses all you need is a little imagination. 

Anyone for croquet...
You don't need a perfect lawn to play this game, just put on your most pleading face (and remember to say pretty please) and persuade your big people to buy you this fab croquet set from BigJigs. (£22.99) You will have years of fun playing it. 

Anyone for croquet?

Make magic potions...
Make the mixtures as magic as you like with all the things you can find in the garden. Fill a bucket or jar with water then add the "magic" - petals, sand, twigs, soil, worms. Don't forget to say your magic spell to make it work...

Blow bubbles...
Whatever age you are, everyone loves bubbles. So get outside and start blowing and popping!

Flower pressing...
Pressed flowers look really pretty. You can use some big heavy books to press the flowers but we couldn't resist this adorable flower press kit (£5.49). Use your pressed flowers to make a card to welcome a friend home from holiday, a pretty bookmark for a special gift or just make pretty pictures.

Flower pressing is great fun

Make a sand pit...
Get a giant tractor tyre (farms will often give these away for free when they are finished with them) and fill it with play sand to make a brilliant sand pit with comfy sides to sit on. You could even take it a step further and make a teepee over it by adding bamboo canes and an old sheet as a cover.

Play a game of skittles...
You could play this with plastic bottles or tin cans but how can you resist this super cute duck set, perfect for all the family (£13.49).

Cute skittles are great fun 

Start a garden journal...
What a wonderful way to record the summer holidays. Add in what you see, some of your pressed flowers, stick in leaves, draw some bugs, write down what you are growing, do some bark rubbings... At the end of the holidays you will have some wonderful memories to look back on.

Make a garden crown....
I love the garden and crafty projects so this is the perfect combination! Take some corrugated cardboard and make a circle to fit your head. Decorate it by painting or sticking on things you find around the garden. Then collect some leaves and stick them in the holes around the top and voila, you have a crown!

Princess Lulu and her magic crown! 

We're going on a bear hunt...
I'm not scared! Well I'm definitely not scared of the cute bears we look for in our bear hunt anyway! Ask a grown up to hide a selection of your toy bears all around the garden so that you and your friends can hunt for them. Watch out for the thick oozy mud! 

Make a den from a clothes line, pegs and sheet and set up your own camp site. Make sure you set strict rules as to who can enter your den of course! 

Crazy about golf
You don't need to have a lawn like a fairway to enjoy some golf at home. Tilda and I love this crazy golf set for hours of fun in the garden! (£24.99)

You don't have to be crazy to play crazy golf. But it helps! 

So there's absolutely no excuse to be bored now these school holidays. Now, get outside and build a den...

Happy holidays!