There are plenty of activities to get stuck into as a family so don’t waste these summer months on the sofa! Keeping the family active doesn’t have to mean long walks away from home or trips to the pool. Here’s a few things you can do to make the most of the sunshine and get active in the garden.
1. Give badminton a shot
Cheap and readily available Badminton kits means the garden becomes the court in a flash with a quick and easy set up. Endless fun and easy to pick up, Badminton encourages fair competition and helps teach children hand-eye coordination. Keeping everybody fit and active is just as important as relaxing in the sun! A classic, there’s a reason it’s still popular two centuries on.
2. Keep busy with a bee house
Bee’s keep the world turning but sadly we’re losing them at an alarming rate. Without them we face losing a majority of our precious fruit and vegetables. By building a make-shift bee nest you can do your bit to help and have some fun along the way.
Grab a terracotta plant pot, some bamboo sticks or straws and cut them to size (parents), seal the bottom of the pot with modelling clay and stick your sticks or straws in. Once it’s finished, personalise it with flowers and foliage and place it in a corner of the garden and watch them settle. Don’t worry, they’re more scared of you than you are of them.
3. Grow your own fun
Planting fruit and vegetables is a great group task as there are enough jobs to do for everybody, and it’s a chance for children to learn responsibility and take care of their chosen plants. Once the fruit or veg is ready you can harvest them and enjoy the results as a family, showing that the effort pays off. It can be hard to get children to eat well so getting them involved in the process early is a real benefit.
4. Garden Totem Poles
Why not work together on an alternative garden decoration? Sand down some old wood and carve some patterns to make an Aboriginal or Mayan inspired template, again for safety this should be done by an adult! Once carved, hand over to the children to paint and design. This kind of activity encourages some creativity and artistry, working towards a common goal and celebrating the results – something the kids will definitely remember fondly! Once summer’s over you can put it up in the house, providing it’s not too scary.
5. Hose pipes at the ready
Everyone remembers the fun of a water fight. Water fights are a great way to get out stresses and frustrations in a harmless environment for siblings and partners alike. Remember a grass garden is ideal from a safety point of view. There are countless things you can get involved in the fun; water guns, the hose pipe (if it’s got extra settings you’re in for a winner) and water balloons. Playing pong with buckets and a tennis ball is a good way to integrate a bit more competition, losers get the bucket tipped over them.
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