Outdoor Toys for the Garden
As readers know, we are planning to get our garden ready for Spring and Summer. The fun part of this is choosing new outdoor toys for the kids to play with.
I find this part far easier than the practical side of getting the garden ready! We need to order a skip this week and do a lot of garden clearing (yawn!). Then Dave has to lay all the concrete and put up our new shed (double yawn!). We have the playhouse pictured ready to build. As well as a playhouse we’d really love a swing and possibly a see-saw. Ideally, we would love a garden full of trees, so we could have a real tree house, tree swings and a place to sit and read (bliss). Until then a swing set will be fun. The kids spend hours on the swing set in my mums garden. We also love wig-wams and play tents in the garden. These are great for shade when the sun eventually starts shining again! You could even make your own with a tutorial. Once the weather is warmer, we will get a lot of use out of our paddling pool too.
I love having outdoor seating for the whole family. In the past we have picked up plastic tables and chairs quite cheaply but they don’t always last long. We have also upcycled old school desks and chairs with outdoor paint and varnish. I would love a large wooden round family picnic table such as this Rose Round Wood Picnic Table and I think the kids version above is fun and practical too. Some days all you need is a blanket on the grass but outdoor tables are great for craft in the summer.
Of course plants and flowers are the main decoration in the garden. But, I still love to add colour in other ways too so that there is lots of colour all year round (you can never have too much, can you?). Plant pots can be painted in bright colours. There are lots of lovely books to buy for inspiration (Rebecca loves “How does your garden grow?“) the hard part is finding the time to make all the ideas! My kids love making plant markers, windmills and windsocks for the garden. Garden bunting and solar light strings can create ambience in the garden too.
I just can’t wait for us to get the hard work out of the way so the fun can begin…
What outdoor toys do you have or would love to have in your garden?