As children spend increasingly more time in front of television and devices, it’s important to get your little ones outdoors and away from their screens. Angie Thomas, Horticulture Consultant to Yates® and mother of two, is urging parents to encourage their children into the backyard with lots of free and cheap ideas on how to get children active in the garden…. and best of all you’ll also help with their development, learning and wellbeing at the same time.
1. Build an outdoor fort - Your children will be occupied for hours on end building a fort using furniture, sheets, empty boxes to ensure their fort is the strongest it can be!
2. Plant a vegie garden - When children are included in the sowing, growing and harvesting of their own vegies, they’re more likely to eat them come dinner time! Not sure what to grow? Test out this seed growing guide tool.
3. Go on an insect safari - Head outdoors with your children armed with a pen, paper and magnifying glass to learn about all walks of life and hone their observation skills by uncovering the secret lives of bugs.
4. Make your own backyard games - There’s a tonne of backyard games like croquet and handball you can make at home using everyday household items.
5. Visit your local botanic garden - Take a walk through the grounds, pack a lunch or take part in a free guided tour many offer. This is a great way to get some fresh air and inspire your children to learn more about gardening together.
6. Go backyard camping - Set up a tent in your backyard, have a barbeque dinner and snuggle up in your sleeping bags under the stars for some quality family bonding time.
7. Build a worm farm - A great way to get children interested in gardening is to let them get dirty and build their own worm farm.
8. Host a scavenger hunt - Get your children outside and exploring the garden with their very own scavenger hunt.
9. Create your own mini terrarium - Give neglected small toy cars, dinosaurs, fairies and an old fishbowl a new life and home by crafting a mini-terrarium for them to live in.
10. Make a friendly scarecrow - Protect your newly planted vegie patch with your children and build your own friendly scarecrow using recycled household items.
Encouraging healthy habits and physical activity, we're giving away $10,000 worth of garden grants to Australian schools and community groups.