All parents know that keeping the little ones entertained during the summer holidays can be challenging! Don’t settle for another game of hide and seek; you and your child could be out in the garden having fun and learning about nature with these top games.
Play the Garden Scent Game
This is a great way to get kids thinking about different scents in the garden. Ask your kids to collect as many different flowers, leaves and herbs as they can in 10 minutes. Once you have a nice little collection of various plants and leaves, get them to sort them into groups based on how they think each plant or flower will smell i.e. sweet, smelly, spicy, strong, savoury etc. Then label each pile based on their guess.
Once they’ve grouped their collection of plants by scent, let your child smell each plant to see if they guessed right. If you have a group of children playing the garden scent game, why not award a point for every right answer and have a prize for the winner?
Have a Sunflower Race
Sunflowers are the perfect type of plant to get kids interested in gardening! You child will see their seeds sprout a week after they’ve planted them, in 2 weeks it’ll be a seedling and in a month it’ll already be 2’ tall. Get each child to plant one or, plant one yourself and challenge your child to a race to see who can grow the tallest.
If you plant an edible type of sunflower, you can enjoy tasty, nutritious sunflower seeds at the end of the race.
Make a Garden Scrapbook
Scrapbooking may seem a bit quaint in the days of Xboxes and Wiis but they’re prefect for encouraging children’s to get creative and learn about nature. Get your child started by giving them a large blank scrapbook and art supplies like glue, glitter, crayons and felt-tip pens; then encourage them to start building up their scrapbook with leaves and plants they find around the garden or in the park.
Why not take pictures of them in the garden to add to the scrapbook or, ask them to draw and label any wildlife they see?
Challenge them to a Garden Treasure Hunt
Get your little pirates out of the house and exploring the garden with a fun treasure hunt. This is a great activity to do when your children’s friends come round to visit. Give them a list of items to find around the garden to keep them entertained for an afternoon – gold coins at the end are optional but having a prize for when they find all the items is a good way to motivate them to play.
The list could be anything you can find in the garden; how about getting them to find different types of plants, different shaped items around the garden i.e. circle, square etc. or an item of every colour of the rainbow?
What are your top tips for keeping your children entertained in the garden this summer? Leave a comment to let us know!
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