ADD A PERMANENT CABIN TO YOUR BACKYARD
And if your kids love a den that much, why not make it a more permanent fixture in your garden? Building an open front, a kid-sized log cabin would be perfect for getting them outside in the colder months too, plus it’s something kids of all ages can enjoy. Make it feel extra cozy by filling it with blankets and solar-powered fairy lights.
BUILD A CLIMBING FRAME
Let your kids enjoy the outdoors to the maximum with an activity center. If you are a competent DIYer, you can easily build one yourself, but there are also plenty of options for buying an activity center or climbing frame. What to bear in mind? Climbing frames need a flat, stable base and, if self-built, must be constructed to take the weight of adventurous children swinging off their extremities – you can always bury the wide footing supports if you don’t want to see (or forever be tripping over them). Wooden climbing frames must be built from suitable wood – usually pressure-treated and will last longer if given an annual coat of preservative. Climbing frames with roofs provide shade and a no-need-for-a-tree treehouse – you’ll find your children spend hours up there. What to include? A climbing wall, a slide, and a rope swing will all get tons of use children’s motor skills and, of course, their bravery!
ADD A MUD KITCHEN
Mud kitchens can keep your kids entertained outside for hours. Even if the weather isn’t glorious, you can still wrap them up and send them out to create an array of backyard-inspired delicacies. We see so many gorgeous DIY mud kitchens and if you are after a DIY project why not give making your own a go, you’ll find loads of inspiring mud kitchen ideas over in our guide.
MAKE IT MAGICAL WITH A FAIRY GARDEN
Because what kid doesn’t want to believe fairies live in their garden? Create an enchanted garden at the base of a tree by adding a fair door and then help your children build paths and fences and plant mini gardens for the fairies (wink wink) to enjoy.
BRING ARTWORK OUT INTO THE GARDEN
Simple, but effective, getting your kids to do indoor activities outdoors is a really easy way to get them breathing in that fresh air and looking at nature. Set up a craft station with tables and chairs, you could even invest in an outdoor chalkboard (just make one with chalkboard paint). Set fun tasks like drawing things they can see in the garden or keeping a tally of how many different types of birds they see.