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.