Now our Summer holidays have finally started I’ve been thinking up ways to keep my children busy. We have holidays planned but we also have lots of down time at home. Sometimes I think my children just don’t know how to be bored but I know that being bored is really good for them, because boredom sparks creativity. However, it’s always worth having a few ideas to spark their creativity just in case.
Our kid-friendly garden (which us adults love too!)
We have a reasonable back garden and we’ve done quite a lot of work on it this year. We cut down a huge tree which was taking all the sun and drinking all the water. I worried it might stop birds visiting our garden but it hasn’t. Our garden was quite plain and we really wanted to create something to look at, rather than our plain old wooden fence. Sadly lacking in ideas we really wanted some professional advice and needed to find a gardener so turned to MyBuilder, who make it easy to find quality tradesmen, all reviewed by other homeowners.
It was a gardener who advised us to take the tree out and it really has transformed our garden. We put in wooden tubs along the back fence and also extended the fencing so we weren’t so overlooked. The heatwave hasn’t helped the plants we put in but at least we’ve been able to create something more interesting to look at.
The garden also feels so much bigger with the tree removed. It already felt like a pretty kid-friendly garden with a trampoline, play house, homemade mud kitchen and sand pit, but it’s the perfect size for setting up an garden obstacle course to keep the kids busy too – more of that another day.
I think it’s pretty easy to create a kid-friendly garden which adults will love too! We’ve integrated the children’s playthings so they don’t stand out or look too babyish. We have a number of tubs and planters which they use for their own seeds, the wooden pallet planter we made is still going strong. We have a great BBQ corner with some grown up seating. It’s comfy enough that we can sit and be with the children but also a great place to sit and eat too.
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