Spending time outdoors is a great family activity and always serves as prime bonding time. But sometimes, hiking in nature or exploring a big park isn’t an option for one reason or another. Luckily, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! Spending time in your back garden is a great alternative for those days when you don’t have a lot of time, or simply prefer to stay at home – and it doesn’t have to be boring.
Whether you will teach your kids how to play marbles or host a big outdoors picnic, try these activities for a fun day spent outdoors!
Teach your children how to play marbles
Marbles is one of those games that becomes more fun the more you play. But be warned – once the whole family gets into it, things tend to get competitive! The basics of playing marbles are simple: you flick a marble at your opponent’s to move them. Players take turns shooting, and the game will last until all the target marbles are gone. You can play marbles on any flat surface, and different surfaces will influence your tactic to win. Give it a try! For more information, take a look at this guide how to play marbles.
Go camping – at home
If you’re craving something a little more adventures than a daytime session of playing marbles, camping in your backyard might provide the perfect dose of family fun. You don’t need a camping site – all you need is a tent, your garden, some sleeping bags, and a flashlight. Teach your kids how to put up the tent, prepare some snacks or a barbecue, and enjoy the cosy feeling of sleeping under the stars! This is especially great if you have smaller children who are not yet used to sleeping outside – it’s a gentle way of introducing them to the joys of nature.
Gardening is an amazing activity to do with the entire family – it’s good exercise, fun, and incredibly rewarding. Your children will enjoy having their own patch to look after, and it’s important to give them proper tools to work with. Don’t do the work for them – instead, teach them to be cautious with the real deal. Your kids will have a much better time gardening if they feel like they are taken seriously. Walk them through the entire process, from planting the seeds to harvesting the fruits of their hard work – of course, the results might not provide you with a three-course meal, but they are guaranteed to taste incredible to your dedicated little gardener.
Host a picnic party
Hosting a picnic on a sunny day can be just as lovely in the garden as it is out in nature. Don’t skip the essentials – picnic basket, blanket, and paper plates – just because you’re only a few metres away from your kitchen. Instead, prepare everything just like you would if you were heading out for a few hours. Opt for proper picnic food as well – don’t rely on your oven or microwave. Cold finger food and fresh salads are a great option for your outdoors picnic in the backyard.
There you have it! Just a few ways you can turn your back garden into a source of true adventure. The kids will be begging to stay at home after all…