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With the summer months setting in, it’s a brilliant time of year to get the kids out and about in the fresh air. Coming up with outdoor play activities can be tricky, but doesn’t have to be costly, and there are a hundred and one ways to keep the kids occupied in the garden whether you have lots of space or just a little.
The perfect playhouse
When it comes to building a playhouse, you can either go for one of the many flat packed designs available to buy, or you can design one of your own. Pre bought playhouses are usually made from timber, making them easy to weather seal and paint, which means you can create the perfect pirate hideout or princess’s palace! They are a great place to store bikes and other small outdoor toys in the winter too. If you aren’t a dab hand at DIY, it’s easy to make your own using a clothing line and an old bed sheet. Drape the bed sheet over the rope or line, and weigh down the corners with large pebbles or stones. It costs nothing at all and it’s easy to dissemble if it rains.
Bounce the day away
If you are going to buy toys for the garden to keep the kids entertained this summer, trampolines are fairly easy to assemble and due to a rise in popularity, you can buy one pretty cheaply from most toy shops. If you have smaller children, you may want to opt for one with a safety net around the outside, just in case they get over excited and bounce off! It’s also best to set them up in a grassy area, so if they do take a tumble, they will have a soft landing. It’s good fun and great exercise too; for Mums and Dads as well as little ones!
Build sandcastles in your own back garden
If you have a larger outdoor space, why not make your own sandpit in the back garden? Choose a space that it’s directly in the sun or under any trees, otherwise your sandpit will end up full of fallen leaves! Create a border for your pit using large stones or pieces of timber, line your area with gravel for drainage, and lay landscaping mat to prevent weeds from growing up into your sandpit. Now you are ready to fill it up with sand, grab your bucket and spade and let the fun begin!
It’s a good idea to invest in a shed or storage unit to house all of your outdoor toys, when the evening creeps in and the kids have gone to bed. This way you can retain an adult space that is perfect for play during the day, and a great place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or have friends over for a BBQ in the evening. Parents need down time too!
In association with The Toy Store