Yard Activities: Make the Most of Your New Grass
Get Your Kids Outside for Some Yard Activities!
You read our earlier posts on how to lay sod to get the perfect lawn. You’ve spent ages working on it. Finally, it’s ready! The weeds are under control. You’ve dealt with the patchy parts. The drainage issues are no more. Now, the glorious, verdant expanse lies before you and your family… and they’re all hiding inside in the air conditioning. It can sometimes be hard to convince the kids to venture outdoors. But by trying out some of these great yard activities, you can transform your yard into a great space for family fun.
Design a Treasure Hunt
One thing that we all loved as kids was a good, old-fashioned treasure hunt. It was always a fantastic excuse to play detective for the day, and a favorite option when it came to choosing yard activities. Try setting one up for your children. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds!
Start by determining what your treasure will be. This will help you find an appropriate final hiding place. Once you’ve found a great spot to hide the treasure, work backwards from there. Determine good hiding spots for each clue. Next, develop a riddle or picture clue that would lead the hunting party to each one. Depending on the age and abilities of your kids, you may want to make clues that don’t require reading skills. For example, if you grow strawberries in your garden, try drawing a series of pictures as the clue. A picture of a drinking straw and berries might be enough. Or if you’ve got a hidden clue in your tomato plants, try a picture of a toe, a May calendar page, and a tow truck. Alternatively, if your kids are more advanced, try something like “Grandma’s favorite jam ingredient” or “Where ketchup comes from”.
Make sure you keep the treasure hunt short and sweet; there’s nothing more infuriating than planning an extravagant treasure hunt only to have your kids lose interest after the first three clues. Try to encourage your kids to work together; have the older ones explain the clue or have them help the younger ones figure it out for themselves. This is a great way to get your kids’ brains working and enjoying your property with some yard activities!
Try Some Garden Art
Many kids are content if you hand over some paints and a blank canvas. While this can be a fun rainy day activity, why not try bringing that mess outside and add to your list of fantastic yard activities. Your kids will love an excuse to get extra messy, and the fresh air will get their imaginations going!
Instead of resorting to basic finger painting or having to worry about cleaning all those brushes later, try making some stamps out of produce you grow in your own garden. Apples, pears, strawberries, and carrots work great once you’ve sliced them in half. If you want, you can use cookie cutters to create fun shapes with potatoes too. Encourage your kids to design their own garden, recreate a favorite memory, or imagine a place they’ve never been before. Watch them transform that canvas (maybe an old bed sheet or a large piece of cardboard) into a masterpiece. Since you’ve set them up in your backyard, you don’t have to worry about paint getting into your carpet or on your walls when they’re done! (Just don’t forget to make sure they’re wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a bit messy too!)
It can sometimes be hard to get away for a camping trip. And let’s be honest – outdoor living just isn’t for everyone. So why not make use of that nice, clear space you have in your yard and camp out for a night? Pitch a tent, set up some lawn chairs and, if it’s permitted in your municipality, make use of your fire pit. Sing campfire songs, tell some spooky stories, stargaze – treat it like a regular camping trip. However, this way, you can enjoy the added bonus of better shelter being right there if a sudden storm happens to blow in!
Plan a Movie Night
There’s nothing quite like an outdoor movie night. You can bring a TV outside or get a projector, lay out some blankets and lawn chairs, pop the corn, and settle in for a great night. Try finding some boxes big enough for your kids to sit in. That way, they can decorate them with windows, doors, and wheels and turn them into cars for a mini drive-in movie! Instead of the latest blockbuster, consider bringing out a movie you loved when you were young. Then they can watch something new to them and you can enjoy a bit of nostalgia.
There are Countless Yard Activities
While we sometimes find it easier to let our kids hang out indoors during the summer months, there are many different things you can do to make use of that beautiful green space you have right outside your door. These are some of the many options you have when it comes to choosing yard activities. Take a look at our DIY Yard Games Blog if you’re interested in more challenging projects for you, your family, and friends to enjoy!