Summer's here! While the weather is a bit mixed, that doesn't mean we can't plan some great out-door games with the kids when the sun does shine. Spending time with your kids in the back garden doesn't have to mean forking out loads of cash on expensive toys like slides or trampolines. Sometimes all it takes to keep the kids occupied is a little creative imagination. Here’s schooldays.ie top games for garden fun.
First off, clean up the garden!
After a windy and wet spring it would be a good idea to check the garden to see if there isn't anything lying around like fallen branches and debris that kids can fall on or hurt their feet. Cut the grass and clean any garden furniture or toys that have gone native over the winter months..
Everybody remembers the first time they spent outside camping in their garden. Whether with a friend, parent or sibling, pitching a tent, getting the torches out and retelling terrifying ghosts stories is one sure way to keep the kids entertained for the night.
Warning: be prepared for terrified children re-entering house once sun goes down.
Younger kids can have hours of fun in the paddling pool, or if you haven’t had your water meter installed yet, try a larger pool for bigger kids to go nuts and cool off. A good game on grass is Tug of War. Get two kids to stand on boxes or milk crates and pull on the rope. The first kid to fall off the box loses! Have a muddy patch or an unused flower bed? This is a perfect place for younger kids to get mucky and have fun. Dig up the mud and spray with water to get extra muddy. Give the kids watering can to play with and they can create their own little mud castles with plant pots.
Being outside means kids can get messy and it won’t mean hours of cleaning if they do. Give them chalk and let them have drawing competitions on the ground or walls. Another fun game is allowing kids to use body paint to paint themselves and each other. Use a water based paint mixed with water in a bowl and let them get creative. The best bit? washing it all off with the hose!
Remember, even if it’s raining kids can still have fun with all these games, but if that fails...there’s always inflatable twister !