We’re all needing to stay much closer to home at present thanks to the coronavirus. Social distancing and self-isolation doesn’t have to mean being constantly cooped up inside the house though. We like to get outdoors as much as possible even if we end up just being restricted to the garden. If you’re looking for ideas to keep the children amused out in the garden, here are some activities to try:
1) Get the children to help with some weeding.
2) Plant vegetables or herbs.
3) Make mud pies.
4) Do some mud painting.
6) Paint some pictures and leave them out in the rain to see what happens.
7) Make frost patterns on the windows.
8) Make an obstacle course and see how quickly the children can complete it.
9) Design and make a stick maze.
10) See how many natural items you can find to fit in a matchbox.
11) Make a mini volcano and watch it erupt.
12) Make oobleck.
13) Make a bottle rocket.
14) Dig for worms and build a wormery.
15) Make nature fairy wands.
16) Make a rain gauge.
18) Do a colour nature hunt.
19) Make ice suncatchers.
20) Make ice lanterns.
21) Set up an easel and do some painting or drawing outside. You could also try using different nature objects as brushes.
22) Make a fairy potion.
23) Make a fairy garden.
24) Blow some bubbles.
25) Make a plant pot person.
26) Make a nature collage.
27) Raid the dressing up box for some imaginative outdoor play or to make a dressing-up race.
28) Get a bowl of water, collect some items from the house and garden and guess which ones will float and which will sink.
29) Make a leaf crown.
30) Make a nature journal.
31) Collect some nettles and make nettle crisps.
32) Make nature masks.
33) Do some leaf printing.
34) Watch the clouds and see what pictures you can see in the sky.
35) Make some bird feeders.
36) Do some bird watching and see how many different birds you can spot.
37) Make a tepee.
38) Go on a bug hunt and see how many different insects you can spot.
39) Make a bug hotel.
40) Make a daisy chain or flower crown.
41) Make leaf pictures.
42) Make nature bracelets.
43) Make chalk pictures.
44) Do some rock painting.
45) Make a bubble snake.
46) Make some balloon rockets and have a race.
47) Do some ice painting.
48) Do some bark or leaf rubbing.
49) Make your own bird’s nest.
50) Make bark boats and float them in a bowl of water.
Most of the activities above can be done throughout the year or adapted for different seasons. In the summer, you can also add lots of water play ideas – getting the paddling pool out, having a water fight, playing with water balloons etc.
What’s your favourite activity for enjoying outdoor fun in the garden?