There’s a whole bunch of things to keep children amused, and you can find them in your garden!

An eco summer for the kids

A lovely garden centre called Notcutts has been taking the advice of children this summer, asking their advice about what makes their ‘perfect garden’. You’re bound to find this interesting if you have little ones to be amused over the long summer holidays – what’s best – it can all be done on a budget!

Notcutts conducted a research panel comprising of very opinionated 6-7 year old school children from East Anglia asking them all about their perfect garden.

So, what do the children themselves want to keep them amused this summer?

Wellies, buckets and waterproof games! Bad weather isn’t a deterrent: kids love playing in the rain, with 80% of them finding it as much fun as the sun!

‘A bit of garden to call my own’ was a popular request, with 90% of the panel wanting even the smallest area earmarked for their own gardening project.

Treehouses or dens also proved popular, with 60% of kids wanting somewhere specific to play in. (A low cost alternative would involve a card board box – my Mum always reminds me that I was more intrigued playing with the boxes my pressie came in rather than the pressie itself)

Weeding!! – apparently kids think this is fun and tops the list of gardening activity, above planting and watering! Just give them some pointers and watch them go, takes the pressure off Mum and Dad!

To make things a bit more fun for them, you could invest in some nice children’s gardening tools – there’s some cute items available from Notcutts as well as other garden centres – and when you’re children grow out using spades with ladybugs on, then you can be sure to pass them on to another young child who is discovering the wonders of exploring the back garden!