Five Things to do in Your Garden With Kids This Summer
3rd August 2021
The summer holidays are here and there are six long weeks to fill. If you’re already bored of hearing ‘I’m BORED!’ then here are some ideas for things you can do outside in your garden with your kids this summer!
Dig a pond
If you’ve always wanted to attract more wildlife to your garden and a warm sunny area where you have space to dig, creating a new garden nature pond with your children this summer could be a great way to get frogs, toads, newts and other animals visiting your home.
You’ll probably need to co-opt other adults to help dig but once the hole is ready, the rest is fairly simple and will bring joy and interest for your kids and the whole family for many years to come.
Take a look at The Wildlife Trust guidance on digging a nature pond including everything you’ll need before you start. If you want a pond you can add fish to, it will need to be much larger and you’ll also need a filter etc.
Add some colour
This is undoubtedly the best time of year for bringing bright colours into your garden. While a garden makeover is outside most budgets, it isn’t expensive to add a few new flowers. Take your kids to the garden centre this summer, and let them choose their favourite brightly coloured blooms. Take them home and then them up or plant them in the ground together.
Not only do flowers look fantastic but they will attract bees to your garden, and they’re very important!
Grow some veg
Summer isn’t a great time to be sowing seeds admittedly, but whatever time of year, there are always seeds to plant. Cabbages, lettuce, onions, carrots and broccoli are just some of the crops that you can sow during the summer and kids will not only love to watch their crops sprout and grow, but hopefully also eat them!
If you don’t mind ‘cheating’ (and let’s face it, children aren’t known for their patience!) then visit a garden centre and see if you can buy mature vegetable plants which you can pot up and enjoy harvesting.
Get a garden building
If you’ve always fancied a garden room, summer is the perfect time to invest so that you can truly get the most out of it. They can be built in a matter of weeks so that you can start enjoying them as soon as possible. Of course, if you get an insulated garden room you can use it right through the winter too!
Take up birdwatching
Birdwatching is a relaxing, quiet hobby which you can take up from your own kitchen window or garden building if you have one! Get a bird table and hanging bird feeders to attract birds into the garden; you can even make your own homemade bird feeders as a craft activity. Give kids their own binoculars and a chart or book to tick off when they spot different birds.
Here is our short guide to birdwatching in Britain.