Summer is always a fantastic time to spend with your family. The weather might not be perfect all the time, but you can get outside more to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures when it is. Being able to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever if you have one or more children to entertain. They have a lot of energy to use up and they don’t always want to stay inside, especially when the sun is shining. It can be hard to juggle energetic children, but you can have a lot of fun during the Summer whether you stay home, go out or go on holiday. If you choose to stay at home, a great family garden is a great way to create summer fun.
Put Safety First in the Summer
Before you start thinking of fun ideas for a family garden, it’s a good idea to consider safety. Kids need to have the freedom to run around, but you want them to do it in a safe way if they can. During the summer, one of the things you might want to think about is the heat. With occasional heat waves in the UK, keeping cool can be a challenge. Even when it’s not that hot, the sun can cause sunburn. You might want to consider which areas of your garden get the most shade and if there aren’t any, how you can create more.
Think of Different Garden Zones
A family garden needs to be for both kids and adults. The children should be able to run around, but you should get to use your garden how you want as well. Maybe you like gardening, or perhaps you just want to sit down in a comfortable chair with a glass of wine. However you prefer to use your garden, you can consider it in terms of different zones. One area of the garden might be there for the kids to play or to dig up the earth as much as they want. Another area might be a child-free zone (without supervision), where you grow plants or vegetables. Think about all the ways you want to use your garden during both the Summer months and the cooler times of the year.
The garden is a super sociable place, especially when you have a family. If you want to make the most of the Summer months, spending time outside should be at the top of your list. One of the best things to do is to eat outside when you can. You don’t have to cook on the barbecue to bring your food outside. Of course you might not eat breakfast, lunch and dinner outside but getting out in the evening and on weekends is always fun.
Sitting down together to eat is obviously important, but you might just want to simply sit down together and talk. Creating an area to socialise, maybe on a patio or deck can give you somewhere to gather together. You need to select the right furniture for outdoor use and to create the right look for your garden. Rattan furniture is hugely popular and you can get product details online about the different styles available. Make sure you know whether you’re buying real rattan, which is made from a plant or synthetic rattan. Both can give a great look, but you might prefer to have the real thing.
When you’re thinking about your sociable garden, remember to think about the kids. While a dining table and chairs might make you happy, they might prefer something different. For example, comfortable sofas or even something fun like hammocks or bean bags could be great additions for the kids. Plus, being sociable isn’t all about sitting around. Consider having some games you can play on the lawn or an area where you can do some gardening together.
Get Fit in the Garden
Keeping the kids fit and healthy can be tough, but if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, it’s the perfect place to help the kids keep fit. There are lots of ways you can think about the setup of your garden, so it’s a great place for your kids to play and release some energy. Lots of lawn space is a good start because it gives them room to run around. You might want to have some sports equipment, like a football goal or a tennis net you can easily set up or put away. Leaving the space open allows for lots of possibilities, from creating obstacle courses to simply playing tag.
A little privacy in the garden is good for everyone, whether you’re sitting out in the evening or running around during the day. You can make sure the neighbours can’t look in with a fence or maybe a more informal hedgerow. If you set up a border around the garden, it also helps to prevent stray balls and other toys flying into someone else’s garden. You can also use informal borders to create different zones in your garden. Maybe you want to create a more private area for grownups to sit and get some peace and quiet. Or you might want to section off a variety of plants. Some of your more delicate gardening projects might not survive when confronted with stampeding children, so placing a protective border around them might be a good idea.
If you hope to create family time this Summer, getting out into the garden is a great way to do it. Rethinking your garden setup can help you enjoy it fully!
*This is a collaborative post.