If you have already had your big holiday this summer and are desperately trying to entertain the children for the rest of the holidays on a budget, you should look no further than your garden. It is filled with great activities which will cost you little or nothing to organise. As an added bonus you don’t have to travel home with tired children at the end of the day, and the in-house kitchen wont charge you £3 for a bottle of water.
You don’t need a big garden or lots of equipment…just have fun with your little ones outside before we lose summer for another year…
Encourage the children to get involved in the care of your garden. It will be lots of fun and you can show them how much the plants have grown under their care. Even young children can water, dead head and pick off pesky snails. There is plenty of opportunity to make the activity educational and foster communication.
Sand pits are great fun but if you don’t have the room or money to spend on an expensive sandpit, you can buy a bag of play sand for a couple of pounds and pour onto plastic sheeting (or rubbish sack) for a temporary one. The sand can be re-bagged and reused as and when required. Who doesn’t love the feeling of sand between the toes?
Paint with water. This is so much more fun than it sounds and completely mess free. Not all art needs to be permanent.
Give the children a bowl of bubbly water and let them wash their dolls. They love doing this and it is a great way to clean the toys. You can also do the same with dinosaurs, diggers, dolls clothes, plastic cups and plates etc…
Imaginative play. My girls love nothing more than drawing their own puddles, donning their welly boots and spending the afternoon jumping up and down in them….
Make a mud pie. I haven’t met a child yet that doesn’t feel glorious covered in mud. Let them get dirty, they are washable. Add twigs, stones, pinecones, leafs….whatever you have to hand.
Bubbles, whether you are making them, popping them or chasing them…. all children love them. As my children aren’t capable of holding a pot of bubbles without spilling it all bubbling takes place in my garden.
Whether your older children are making a hopscotch path or your little ones are learning to make their first marks, chalk is great in the garden and it simply washes away when it rains, so no clean up needed.
Snail racing. If you children love snails as much as mine do this is a cute activity. Also whilst the snails are entertaining your children they aren’t eating your clematis.
Really get to know your garden. Don’t be frightened of a little mud or the live in residents and your children can have hours this summer for free.