The summer might be drawing to an end, but I think you’ve got another month left to enjoy the garden! So, why not make it a month that you are and your children really enjoy? If you’re lucky enough to have an external area, it’s a great way to entertain the kids. After all, they’ve already spent far too long in front of the TV and games console, right? I’m a firm believer in getting children into the great outdoors. They can let their imaginations run wild, and they’ll learn a thing or two about nature. Here are some tips on creating the perfect child-friendly garden.
Create a play area
I have to admit, I don’t have to give my children much encouragement to play. They’ll happily use their imagination and get creative at any opportunity. They’ll turn the patio into a pirate ship with ease. The grass becomes the shark-infested water (no falling in!) Kids love to explore their imaginations, so encourage it. You can also help things along with a few well-placed toys and playthings. Try a swing set or climbing frame for older children or a simple sandpit for the youngsters.
Flower beds and plants
You might think you would have trouble getting the kids excited about plants, but you’d be surprised! Take a trip to the garden center and let them pick their favourite flower then show them how to plant it in the flower bed and look after it. Kids will normally watch their new plant to the point of obsession, watering and nurturing them and looking out for growth. Encouraging them to look after flower beds like this teaches them about nature and simple plant life. Put it on your summer bucket list, and they’ll love it! I’m not sure how long it will be until they lose interest, but it’s a great way to keep them busy.
Introduce them to wildlife
Our garden is full of little critters, and the kids love it. We’ve got a bird bath to welcome our feathered friends. I also installed a small birdhouse onto one of the trees in the garden. The children love leaving seeds out and watching different birds gather on the patio. You could also leave out some food for the hedgehogs then watch them plod into the garden during the evenings. The garden is the perfect place to teach your children compassion for animals.
Don’t forget about mum and dad
So far, I’ve focused on keeping the kids happy and entertained. But, no garden is complete without a relaxing area for mum and dad. Some Rattan garden furniture for the patio will give you the perfect place to unwind of an evening. After the children have gone to bed, it’s lovely to find a little peace and quiet out in the garden. We’re also thinking of buying an outdoor heater or fire pit to keep the patio nice and warm. That way we can sit out under the stars late into the evening with a glass of wine. Perfect!
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, don’t waste it! Get out and enjoy the garden while you still can.