There are loads of ways that you can encourage your children to enjoy the garden more, no matter how young they are. This weeks guest blog post is about ways toddlers can enjoy the garden this summer.
Get in Your Garden! Week #15
This week’s guest post is written by Stacey from One Small Human.
Stacey MacNaught is a Mum, a blogger and a digital marketing professional. She has two little boys, a toddler and a baby and lives in Greater Manchester with her sons and husband.
She blogs over at One Small Human about days in, days out, fun activities with kids and the parenting disasters that befall us all from time to time.
Bubbles, Giant Chalk and Hidden Fruit – How our Toddler is Enjoying the Garden This Summer
Oliver is 2 years and 4 months now. He enjoyed the garden last summer but this year he’s having so much more fun outside.
We get out into the garden whatever the weather every single day, even if only for a few minutes. We’re trying new activities with him all the time but there are some firm favourites he particularly enjoys!
Hiding the Fruit
Our son is genuinely convinced that bananas grow on any old random tree in the UK. This is because of something that Daddy started a couple of months ago. Each morning, Daddy hides a banana in the tree and Oliver heads out to find it. We’ve since repeated this with apples, oranges and nectarines and it never loses its novelty value for Oliver.
It’s a great way for us to make sure he has a piece of fruit each morning too!
A timeless classic! Bubbles are, it seems, infinitely more fun in the garden with the wind blowing them around and with more space to chase them. Some of my favourite afternoons in the garden have been spent with Oliver and his little bubble machine (which was under a tenner!).
I love just watching him and taking photos of him playing.
Sometimes we play specific games – like counting the number of bubbles he pops. Other times, we just run around like maniacs chasing them!
A more recent one for us is getting out into the garden with giant pieces of coloured chalk. Sometimes we’re drawing hop scotch grids (Oliver hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet), other times we’re drawing huge cars that he stands in and pretends to drive.
We also write numbers and letters. And then we hose it off and start again.
I Love the Garden
Even if we have nothing planned for a weekend, we know we can keep Oliver entertained in the garden. The things he enjoys the most cost very little. A banana in a tree, some bubbles or a bit of chalk – all very inexpensive and amongst the greatest fun he has.
Thank you Stacey. We are big fans of bubble machines too! I love your fruit hiding, that video is just so cute!
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