Nothing screams ‘quality time with the kids’ like an outdoor project together. With a little bit of creativity and minimal expenditure, you can fire up their imaginations and get them away from a computer screen. And they might even learn something along the way too…
1. Plant a rose bush
Once you’ve got your rose bush home, there’s nothing your kids will enjoy more than a free pass to dig in the dirt! And, it’s a gift that keeps on giving: in bloom, you’ll be able to immerse them in a sensory experience by exploring sharp thorns, silky petals and strong scents.
2. Silly stick figures
Collect fallen sticks and branches, favouring those with interesting shapes, gnarls and knobbly bits. Once home, cover them in white acrylic paint before giving your kids free reign to decorate them however they like. Bright inks, googly eyes, foil-wrap armour and wild woollen hair add some extra drama, and your kids will have great fun positioning them at ambush points outdoors!
3. Learn about vegetables
If you have a vegetable patch, or would like to start one, ask your kids to gather rocks of varying shapes and sizes. Test their knowledge of vegetables by asking them to match a rock to the vegetable it most closely resembles: such as a long, thin rock for carrots, and a round, fat rock for tomatoes.
Once paired, have fun with your kids as they . Why not have them practice spelling the name of the vegetable too? They can write on the rock with a marker pen before placing it in the correct area of the garden.
4. Collecting eggs
If you have the space and resources, consider keeping hens. Your kids will mature with the responsibility of carefully collecting warm eggs from the coop every day, and will gain a first hand understanding of how animals need to be fed and cared for in order to provide for us. You can show them how to treat animals with respect, and delegate the task of dishing out peelings to teach them about food waste. We suspect they’ll gobble up their eggs and soldiers having ‘made’ the eggs themselves!
5. Make a butterfly feeder
Take a look at this . Children are often fascinated by butterflies, so what better project than creating a feeder to entice more butterflies into your garden? Have your children decorate the feeder with UV art pens (available from lots of art shops) to help the butterflies find their way. Once installed, why not make a game of spotting the different types of butterfly that visit your garden? Perhaps the kids could draw the most eye-catching ones they see!
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