Keeping the Kids Busy: Get Out in the Garden

If you want more low-cost ways to keep this kids busy this summer, get out in the garden. In a recent survey, tops choices for kids in the garden include:

  • Water – as small as a paddling pool, as big as a swimming pool
  • Space for playing – a treehouse or football / tennis area
  • Flowers, fruit and vegetables – and they’re happy to help look after them!

Don’t worry if it is raining: the survey of 6-7 year olds found kids love playing in the rain, with 80% of them finding it as much fun as the sun: just provide wellies, buckets and waterproof games!

Get Growing
‘A bit of garden to call my own’ was the most plaintive request, with 90% of the panel wanting even the smallest area earmarked for their own gardening project. Weeding is fun and tops the list of gardening activity, above planting and watering! Just give them some pointers and watch them go! Notcutts were also amazed by the sheer variety of fruit and vegetables being grown by the panel’s families, reflecting the huge surge in ‘Grow Your Own’ this year. Potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, raspberries, onions, marrows, strawberries, beans, apples and pears were all cited as examples of garden-to-plate activity at home. One panellist was so enthused on the subject that his Perfect Garden would include a swimming pool, 2 poly-tunnels and his own garden centre! King Green Lawn Care has some amazing lawn care and gardening tips that gardening enthusiasts usually swear by.

Be a sport!
Girls and boys were equally keen to play ‘football or tennis’ in the garden, with 85% wanting specific equipment and/or a designated play area
Treehouses or dens also proved popular, with 60% of kids wanting somewhere specific to play in.

Minnie Moll, Notcutts’ marketing director says of the research: “Holidaying at home has hit a peak this year and our Kids Garden range is flying out of the doors. Key to a happy holiday is keeping the kids entertained, so we wanted to find out first hand what made them tick. It’s also great to see such enthusiasm about gardening in general amongst this age group – we can already identify budding gardeners and a whole new green-fingered generation!”

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