As the days are getting longer and Spring has sprung, your attention may be turning to getting your garden or outdoor space ready for the Summer.
If you have children, then this can be especially important, as letting them play outside has a lot of great benefits, as well as helping to keep them occupied during weekends and school holidays!
Here at Grass Direct we have put together a list of garden activities for kids to help you get the most out of your garden and create some precious memories for you and your family.
One of the cheapest and best ways to keep your children occupied with hours of fun in the garden during the summer months, is to set up a paddling pool. There is a huge range of paddling pools available, so you are bound to find the correct size for your garden.
Water balloons are cheap to purchase and combined with some water guns, you’ll soon have everyone involved in the fun!
Why not invite some other children round and turn it into a pool party, this way, everyone can join in and you are guaranteed to have a garden full of happy kids!
Just make sure to have towels ready and consider installing artificial turf, it's non-slip and means your lawn won’t be damaged from the rigours of water-based garden activities.
Arts and Crafts
One of the best ways to keep your children busy during the summer is with arts and crafts. Traditionally an indoor activity, why not take it outside and enjoy the sunshine (and protect your furnishings!)
There are lots of things you can do outside, such as:
Rock painting: Get out the paints and send your children on a rock hunt! Painting rocks and stones is an excellent way to get your child to express their creativity and when you are finished, you can either display them in your garden or home, or take them with you on adventures and put them out for other people to find and enjoy!
Foot painting: Being outside makes certain messy activities far easier, like foot painting! Roll out a large piece of paper, paint your child’s feet and let them go wild! They are sure to have lots of fun and you avoid your inside carpet or floor from being damaged. Use water based paints so that any paint on your grass or artificial grass will simply wash off.
Build an animal: With an abundance of nature all around them, send your children off on a scavenger mission to collect leaves, twigs, and anything else they can find. Either glue together for a 3D model of an animal or anything they wish, or stick onto paper. But don’t forget to add some googly eyes to make it realistic!
Grow your own
This is more of a long-term Summer project, but growing flowers or vegetables from seeds can not only be a hugely fun and rewarding garden activity for your kids, but it also teaches them a valuable lesson about nature and where food comes from.
Learning to grow plants can help your children bond with the environment, so choose something that is easy to grow; sunflowers and chilli plants are great options.
You don’t have to let your children camp outside overnight, however setting up a tent in the late afternoon/early evening can be a fun activity for all ages. With some pillows, blankets, and a couple of torches, you can have a fun evening reading stories and eating marshmallows. Use it as an educational experience to teach them about the night sky, all without leaving your own garden!
Make a fantasy garden
Whether it's fairies, dragons, or dinosaurs, all you need to create a fantasy garden is an old tray or pot and some imagination! Collect pebbles, moss, and bark to add to your tray and create a backdrop and let your children add their toys for some outdoor playtime. There really is no limit to what you can do!
Making the most of your garden with Grass Direct
If you are looking for a way to keep your garden child-friendly without damaging your landscaping, then why not consider installing artificial grass?
Artificial grass is entirely safe to play on, either for small children or pets. In fact, it is so safe that it is extensively used for sports grounds and play areas and is an ideal alternative to natural turf.
It has a lot benefits for garden installation, including:
Artificial grass is available in a range of lengths and thicknesses, which can affect how the grass feels.
Here at Grass Direct, we have a “softness” rating on all our products, so you can decide on the correct artificial grass for you. We would recommend a high softness rating if you are installing artificial turf that is going to be regularly used as a play area, as these grasses have been tried and tested to be soft and well cushioning.
Helps with uneven surfaces
Installing artificial grass is an ideal way to stop bumps and tumbles caused by uneven playing surfaces. It also has the added benefit of being thicker than normal turf and combined with the cushioning effects can make it far safer for children to play to their heart's content.
Helps to avoid slips and falls
When it rains, normal grass can become slippery and muddy, meaning not only does your grass become ruined, but it can be a perfect storm for slips and falls.
Artificial grass does not get as slippery and provides more grip, making it less likely for you or your child to fall. This allows your artificial grass installation to be used all year round, no matter the weather. And it avoids the pain of muddy footprints being tracked into the house after the Summer rain!
For all your artificial grass needs and enquiries, please contact us today at Grass Direct by using our contact form on our website or call us on 03308 182 500 to speak to one of our friendly expert advisors!