10 great summer holiday garden games for children

School’s out and summer fun is in!

Paddling Pool
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We did a quick, entirely unscientific poll of mums and dads to find out what the kids really love to do in the garden in 2018 – and for many, old school games are still tops. Here are 10 of the most popular activities for children of primary school age…

  1. Bubbly mower. Where else could we start, but with the children’s lawnmower that blows bubbles?! Suitable for children aged 3 and over, they’re great fun for the younger ones – and they don’t cost the earth.
  2. Make a splash. Whether it’s paddling pools, water pistols or water fights, doing stuff with water was the clear Number 1 in our poll of parents. Just make sure it doesn’t contravene any water restrictions that might be in place!
  3. Penalty competitions. We couldn’t leave this one out, after England’s first ever penalty shoot-out success in the World Cup.  Mark out a penalty spot, invest in a net and you’re ready for action. Don’t have a net? Not a problem … a couple of jumpers are a good substitute.
  4. Garden Olympics.  Hula hoop and skipping contests, egg and spoon races, boules, badminton and tug-of-war are all popular this year, again showing that the oldies are still goodies. Skittles are dead easy too, using a tennis ball and empty water bottles.
  5. Build a den. All you need for a perfect hideaway is a few bamboo canes, an old sheet and something comfy to sit on. Or go natural, by creating a den amongst the trees.
  6. Bounce. Trampolining came a close 2nd to water games in our poll. A trampoline is a bit more of an investment, but it’s guaranteed to get plenty of use.
  7. Wheelie fun. Scooters are right up there with trampolines and water games this year. But when it comes to fun with wheels in the garden, you can’t beat a wheelbarrow race!
  8. Get arty. Wall murals will add a splash of colour to the garden, but for something the children can do over and over again, buy a roll of lining paper from the DIY store and let them get creative – and messy – on the lawn.
  9. Treasure hunt. Hide or bury a treasure chest of goodies, with a trail of clues in envelopes for them to follow en route to finding their rewards.
  10. Nature activities. Planting and tending plants and creating nature-friendly zones are a great way for children to get involved in the garden. Or buy them a little trowel so they can join in when you’re doing the gardening.

All we need now is for the fabulous summer we’ve enjoyed so far in the UK to last throughout the school summer holidays!