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Fun things for Kids to do in their Own Garden

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In the age of technology, it can be easy for kids to get sucked into watching tv, playing video games or looking at phones. But the healthiest place for kids to be is outside, playing, exploring and using their imaginations.


As parents, we can sometimes feel that the kids need to be entertained or given things to do. When in fact, kids really thrive when they have the space and opportunity to come up with games and things to do for themselves. Here are some fun things that kids can set up for themselves and enjoy in their own garden.





Climbing Frame


Climbing frames have a lot of amazing benefits for kids. Having a climbing frame in your own backyard is even better, because the kids can go out and enjoy it anytime while you can keep an eye on them. There is no need to plan anything out for the kids, they will figure out loads of different games and ways to play on their climbing frame themselves.


Benefits to a climbing frame includes promoting creative play, physical fitness, improving gross and fine motor skills and enhancing creative thinking. Climbing frames from Wickey are super engaging for kids with their fun colours and designs like these in the images below.






Sports


You can’t go wrong with some simple sports equipment for the backyard. Things like a Childrens Trampolines, soccer ball, badminton set, swing ball, baseball, mini golf set or dodge balls make great ingredients for so many sporty games. Kids can play the games as per the rules or create their own games using the various sets and balls. There are no limits to what you can play when you use your imagination.


My kids like to set up obstacle courses using the sports equipment too. There really are so many options for them.



Chalk Art


If you have a portion of your garden that has paving stones or concrete*, chalk art is great fun for the kids! Chalk is relatively inexpensive and lasts for hours of artistic fun. If you don’t have a space, you can get an outdoor chalkboard for the kids to enjoy.


*Do a patch test to make sure the chalk doesn’t stain before you let the kids off!



Play Dress-up


This kids’ activity was never meant to be done exclusively indoors. When putting on flowy Medieval costumes, the environment is just part of the fun. Environment and imagination will also help your little ones create and act out scenes that will suit the attire they have on.


Beyond the den or playroom, the garden is a great venue to play the fairy princess or lost girl in a red hood. Not only does playing outside build physically healthy kids, but it also contributes to cognitive, social, and emotional development. Children who play outdoors regularly are more curious, self-directed, and likely to stay with a task longer.



Explorers Kits


Kids love to explore nature! There are lots of fun kits out there for little explorers to enjoy, ones that include binoculars, field scopes and magnifying glasses, sample containers and more. We were sent a young explorers kit from discovery years ago and the kids still love to use it. They imagine that they are off on safari or in other locations as they explore the world around them. Get some Spring Garden ideas to spruce up your outdoor space ready for your young explorers.





There are a few simple ways that kids can have lots of fun in their own garden, using their imaginations and creativity. What would you add to the list?

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Shelley Whittaker
Shelley Whittaker
Oct 05, 2021

Reading this from hotel quarantine in Australia, where we have zero access to fresh air or outside space. You can imagine how our 4 year old is coping - it is so unhealthy for her to be stuck in here. Love the idea of the explorer kit - I might have to look for one when we are released :) #KCACOLS

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Becky O'Haire
Becky O'Haire
Oct 08, 2021
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Oh I'm so sorry to hear this, that sounds so awful. It has been so hard on you guys!

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Guest
Sep 29, 2021

Great ideas. Mine love a trampoline too. There is more fun to be had in your own garden that you first think. #kcacols

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Becky O'Haire
Becky O'Haire
Oct 08, 2021
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That's for sure!

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What a great selection of garden games! Mine love to play swingball. My 10 year old boy loves tournaments so he often allocates us lots of country teams and draws up a schedule of play with group stages and knockout games etc! They also love setting up a den and spend hours plotting against 'baddies'. And my 8 year old girl loves to set up cafes and restaurants and, if she can't persuade anyone else to join in, is happy to use her teddies as customers!

#KCACOLS

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Becky O'Haire
Becky O'Haire
Oct 08, 2021
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Aw that sounds amazing! What great imaginations they have.

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Katrina Fox
Katrina Fox
Sep 27, 2021