How much time do you and the kids spend out in the garden? Maybe once or twice a week you relax out there? Or are you someone who forgets it even exists? If you’re the latter kind of person, it’s time to make a change, and turn the garden into a slice of paradise for you and your little ones.
After all, spending time in your garden is entirely free to do, and you certainly don’t have to get dressed up to go out there either – you can spend hours in the garden in your PJs and no one has the right to bat an eyelid! And that’s something the kids will really love; they’ll be able to run straight out there after getting up or after breakfast, and they just need you to show them how fun the garden can be. And with the ideas below, we’re here to help you out with that!
Get a Pizza Oven/BBQ Going
Sometimes known as ‘al fresco cooking’, having a place outside to fry and bake up a storm is a great way to make your garden more inviting. After all, the kids get to eat out there when it’s sunny, surrounded by the wonderful smell of a pizza baking away, and plenty of fun and games to accompany it!
You can also cook up plenty of trimmings too, including fruit and vegetable kabobs, chicken wings, flatbreads, spiced potatoes, and then top it all off with some jelly and ice cream. And you can manage all of this with just a pizza oven or permanent BBQ setting in your backyard somewhere. They’re usually quite easy to install, thanks to being hand-lit when in use, and you and your partner can feel like a bona fide Italian chef when using either appliance in the great outdoors!
Make it Look Magical
The kids will love to spend time in the garden if it looks like a different world out there. It needs to have a sense of magic around it, especially if your children prefer to spend time indoors in front of screens or on the sofa! And sure, they loved being out there when they were very little, but you’ve got to appeal to their older sense of curiosity. How can you do that? It’s simple!
Make it cozy and comfortable out there, but ensure there’s still a wild sense about it. For example, if you’ve got a covered patio for hosting on, why not bring in the addition of a firepit? On dark and/or chilly evenings you can get a fire going, hang up some string lights, get the marshmallows on forks, and have a lovely couple of hours out there as a family. Make sure you’ve also got a firepit snuffer for safety though, as you don’t want those embers smoldering away into the night without you knowing about it.
Set Up a Swing
All kids love to have a go on the swing, so why not set one up somewhere in your garden? Sure, if you don’t have the space for one you can try out a little sandpit or inflatable pool, but nothing quite beats a swing when you visit the park. Even just a one-person swing that sits in the back of the garden will be popular with the kids; if you notice any arguments forming over it, nip them in the bud, but be thankful that the kids love your efforts so much!
Of course, if there’s a tall tree with strong branches somewhere in the garden, you can tie a rope swing from it. You can buy one of these swings straight from the store, or you can fashion one yourself out of some old wood and rope you’ve got somewhere in the garage. And maybe one day you might even be able to turn it into a ladder that leads up to a treehouse – who knows what the kids might ask for next!
Just Have a Place to Sit
Finally, and a quick one to finish off, make sure there’s somewhere to physically relax in your garden. Either a seating area, a gazebo, or even just a fresh and clean lawn will work wonders here! After all, if you want the kids to set foot in the garden more often, you need to lead by example.
Long story short: if you want the kids to spend more time in the garden, make the garden more kid-friendly!