This weekend is going to (finally) be a nice one and with it being the Bank Holiday it’s perfect for family fun in the garden! So if you are not going away and you are looking for some inspiration for FREE and FUN activities to do outdoors with the kids we have a list of fun ideas to keep the kids entertained and have some fun with them too! Go on its the bank holiday….let your hair down.
1./ Make a fairy garden or dinosaur garden!
Use an old flower pot, seed tray or any plastic tray or box. An alternative to this is to make a dinosaur garden. Use assorted pebbles and stones to decorate, create different hills and mounds and put your plastic dinosaurs in situ!
2./ Shooting water into buckets
Set up an area with different size buckets at different distances and make it a challenge and score points depending on who gets the most water in which buckets!
You don’t need any special paints, just normal kiddie paints will work fine!
4./ Make mud pies
An oldie and a goodie!
5./ Take your soft toys outside and take them on an adventure. When they are exhausted from their garden excursions then refuel them (and yourselves!) with a teddy bears picnic!
6./ Make a time capsule and bury in the garden
You can include all different things from pictures, newspaper articles, toys, letters. Obviously make sure nothing is perishable!
7./ Nature sketching
Sketch and really study something that interest you. A flower, feather or bird etc. Try to study it up close and draw pictures of all the parts and try to name them all.
8./ Chalk gallery
Create a chalk gallery on the ground in your garden or on the pavement. It washes off in the rain so the neighbours can;’t moan. Especially if your artwork is colourful and beautiful!
9./ Skipping games
Can’t beat skipping for hours!
10./ Wash the car
Fun and gets a job done!!
11./ Toy car wash
If one car isn;t enough, create a car wash for your toy vehicles.
12./ Wash your dolls
13./ Create your own sports day
You can devise your own races, the schedule and who takes part. You can even make medals and certificates and get your teddies down to cheer you on. If you don’t have much space be creative with the games; to doesn’t have to be running, it can be hooping, hopping or testing your aim games!
14./ Obstacle course
You can create obstacles out of so many household and garden items. Just make sure it is age appropriate and safe! Do timed challenges of the course!
15./ Make petal perfume
Another nostalgic one! Who did this as a child
16./ Paint an old bed sheet
17./ Junk modelling – if space allows make a boat or pirate ship with your junk boxes!
18./ Ice cube fun
Create a giant ice cube and filled with small dinosaur toys – the children can make it melt to get to the the toys! Or you can put a plastic toy in a food bag, fill with (coloured) water and freeze. Give them a spoon to chisel away at it with.
19./ Garden Art
Get an old bedsheet or similar, gather a load of leaves, sticks, twigs and whatever you can find and create a piece of art – simples!