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Garden fun for kids

Mon 20th Sep 2021

Spring has sprung! Time to peel the kids away from their screens for some fun in the sun.

Keeping the kids entertained is no easy task; however, with a little imagination and some elbow grease, the backyard can provide plenty of smiles and adventures.

The Slip and Slide

The slip and slide is an Australian classic and a great way to keep cool as the warmer weather settles in. To custom build your garden water slide you will need a roll of thick plastic, a few tent stakes or garden staples, and a water hose. The kids are sure to love it… and the adults too!

Veggie Patch

Spring is the perfect time to inspire a green thumb in your little ones. Head to your local garden centre to pick up some seeds or seedlings and soil, then get those hands dirty. Having your children plant their fruits and veggies is a great way to educate them on nutrition and sustainable food sources. Plus, who doesn't love eating their own fresh produce? If you're a little short on space you can always opt for a humble herb garden in some terracotta pots.

Pressing Flowers

This time of year the garden is blooming with flowers. Sadly our backyards can't look so colourful all year round, but pressing flowers is an easy way to keep the beauty of spring alive. You don't need any special tools to preserve your favourite flowers, this can be done with items around the house. Start with placing your chosen flora in between two pieces of printer paper. Place a large book on top, then weigh it down with a brick, or even some cans. Let this sit for 1-2 weeks. You can frame your now dried flowers, or use them to decorate a bookmark or handwritten letter.

Backyard Olympics

The Olympics might be finished for 2021, but why not continue the spirit of the Tokyo Games in your own home? Keeping active is so important, especially if you're in lockdown. Adding some competition can be just the right motivation to get moving. To create your medals, cut out cardboard circles and paint them in gold, silver, and bronze. Loop them through some ribbon and you're ready to award your champions. The events can range from an egg and spoon race to musical chairs to balloon volleyball. Have fun and may the favourite child win!

Garden camping trip

There is nothing like sleeping in the great outdoors. Camping is a fun family activity, but if you're unable to get away from home this weekend, why not bring camping to you? Pitch the tent and fill it with your fluffiest pillows. Gather the family to tell ghost stories and toast marshmallows over a backyard fire pit (check your local council's safety regulations). The benefit of backyard camping is that you don't need to pack or drive, and you don't have to worry about missing the AFL Grand Final this Saturday night.

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By Monique Van Der Heyden