A lot of parents despair about the fact that their children spend too much time indoors and not enough time outside and getting some exercise. But when you tell your kids to go out and play, is there anywhere they can really go to do that? Is your garden really suitable for your kids to play in? Is there anything to do there?
We’re going to take a quick look at the remarkably simple ways in which you can make the world just outside your house a lot more inviting for kids and adults alike.
Keep it neat and clean
The best way to make your garden really inviting is to keep it neat and clean. That means sweeping the pathways when errant dirt appears and pulling weeds. It means making sure the lawn is mowed so you can actually see what’s going on through the grass under your feet. It makes your garden much more pleasant to be in when things are kept tidy. You can make it look even more pleasant by doing a bit more gardening, but we’re going to get into that a bit later!
Patios or decking
When we encourage kids to go outside, it can often mean just getting some fresh air and a change of environment as opposed to getting some exercise. (It also means getting some peace and quiet for the adults in the house!) So getting an area in the garden where people can relax – do some reading or drawing, perhaps – can be a great way of getting them outside more often. In fact, if you look into something like a gable patio, then you can have an area in which kids can hang out even when it’s raining! Decking or a good patio is also great for getting the neighbors round for outdoor cooking.
A great way to get kids more invested in the garden is to give them a hand in creating it. I’m talking, of course, about gardening. There are plenty of gardening tasks that kids can safely contribute to – though, needless to say, there are many tasks that aren’t quite so suited to them, such as mowing! There are loads of plants out there that are simple and fun to plant, such as sunflowers, and even fruit and veg such as tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots. Gardening also makes for surprisingly good exercise, so gardening with your kids is definitely recommended!
At the end of the day, we don’t want our kids playing in unsafe spaces – which is why so many parents encourage their kids to play in the backyard instead of somewhere where we can’t see them. But can you be so sure that your garden is a safe area for your children to play? You need to ensure there are barriers around anything unsafe, such as water features. There are also certain plants that can be very dangerous if kids so much as touch them – plants that you should avoid putting in your garden completely if you have children. Make sure your garden is safe!