Thank you North Leeds Mumbler for this brilliant blog!
If you need some inspiration and ideas of things to do in your garden or in a safe open space with the kids whilst you’re at home, then we’ve come up with a great list below!
🍃Go on a bug and mini beast hunt
🍃Go cloud spotting. Make some pictures afterwards based on what you’ve seen
🍃Build a bug house
🍃 Make bird feeders
🎨 Find some pebbles and stones and decorate or paint them
🎨 Get some wax crayons and do some bark or leaf rubbing
🎨 Have fun with bubbles
🎨 Make a telephone paper cups – all you need is some string, two cups and a pencil
Games in the garden
🌳Make a trail for your family to follow
🌳Build an obstacle course
🌳Create an alphabet scavenger hunt
🌳 Fly a kite. You could even make one if you don’t have one!
🌳Walk like animals – hop, jump, crawl, slither, pause sloth-like or pounce!
🌳Build a den. Use some old sheets, spend as long in outside as you can. Take some books, picnic or toys into your den.
🌳Play ball, catch, football or tig
🌳If you’ve got a dog, get them involved and teach it some new tricks
🍎If you fancy a snack why not try apple bobbing or donuts on a string!
Activities for when it’s dark
🌌 Attract moths to a torch
🌌 Do some star gazing and learn about constellations
🌌Draw your own constellation pictures
🌌 Going on an evening walk with head torches – there’s a good owl population this year
Educational outdoor activities
🗺Draw a map of your local area or garden
🗺Use a camera or phone to write and photograph a picture story of your outside discoveries
Growing & gardening
🌱Plant some cress heads – the recent McDonald’s Mr Men cups are perfect
🌱 Press flowers or blossom
🌱 Plant up some hanging baskets, or pots – create a colourful garden
Have fun even if it’s raining
☔️ Dance in the rain
☔️ Puddle jump
☔️ Get rain suits and wellies on and go out to get wet and muddy
Fun outside beyond your garden
🌲 If you live nearby to a stream then try to build a twig raft with twigs and string
🌲 Play Pooh sticks
🌲 Identify trees
🌲 Find some blossom and learn about Japanese celebrations
🌳🌳🌳Let us know if you have any more garden and outside ideas to share! 🌳🌳🌳
Thank you to fellow North Leeds Mumbler Claire Horn for the above ideas, check out Claire’s page What wood Claire Do? , she makes some lovely bespoke woodwork products.