Here are my top tips for garden games to keep kids busy this summer. From trampolines to family walks, making bug hotels to play tents. Sponsored by Wayfair.
I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting my children to be more ‘free-range’. I want them to shun the tablet for tree climbing. To turn off the telly and build a bug house.
I find that the best way to get them outside is to get out there with them. Now that the weather is warmer we all want to potter around the garden. A few weeks ago, on a beautifully sunny morning, we had family Olympics in the garden. A few bean bags to toss into a bucket, a bit of wood as a balance beam and their scooters. Voila – kids in the garden for hours, playing, exercising and having fun.
We also like to expand our bug hotel, go for evening walks around the neighbourhood after dinner and the kids climb our apple tree. We’ve just planted a load of vegetable seedlings, so fingers crossed we can all enjoy growing and harvesting it all before the slugs get to it.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that capture their imagination in the garden. A bucket and some weeds can become magical potions. Give them a stick and some bubbles and they can spend an hour popping ‘fairy clouds’. Even a bucket of soap and a sponge to wash their bicycles can be a fun carwash game.
Wayfair Top Picks: Garden Games
Wayfair, the online department store, asked me to choose my favourite garden games from their site to share with you. I had great fun trawling through their extensive selection of lawn games, trampolines, playhouses, sandpits and so much more. It’s fun to find nature to play with, but kids also love games and structures to keep them entertained.
Here are my top picks to keep the kids busy outdoors over the summer.
Clockwise from top left:
Kidcraft Play Teepee. My kids would love to play in this wigwam in the garden, and I love it’s colours and pattern.
Mercia Double Storey Dormer Playhouse. Wayfair have a massive selection and I love this double storey one. My kids have played in their playhouse for years, making it a house, a shop, a garage for bikes.
Upper Bounce Trampoline with Safety Enclosure. My kids spend a LOT of time on their trampoline . It’s such a good investment and a great way for them to burn off energy. It never ceases to amaze me how many games they can make up on it.
Giant Snakes and Ladders. I’d love to play snakes and ladders with the whole family. The massive scale of this game would really capture my children’s imagination.
Longworth croquet set. I’m not sure who would have more fun with this, the kids or grown ups!
Pinolino Carlotta Sandbox. This sandbox is amazing with the awning and side area. It would have any little ones head straight out into the garden with their buckets and spades.
Tin Can Alley Game. I love this retro-tastic game. Plus, it’s a great way for the little ones to learn coordination while having fun.
Sack Races. I can imagine that we’d have a great time doing sack races in the garden together!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wayfair. All opinions are my own.