Given that we’re currently not allowed to leave the house, except for essential reasons, going away on holiday just is not an option for us at the moment.
But, as mums, we are nothing if not resourceful – and if we can’t make a holiday in the garden special, then no one can.
A garden holiday can be an exciting adventure for your children, whatever their age. Toddlers will love the different surroundings and magical experience, while older children can help organise the 'trip', plan events such as story telling and stage shows, and even help out with cooking on the camp stove.
There’s so much fun to be had in your own garden. You can set up scavenger hunts to find leaves, stones, twigs and bugs, helping everyone to learn more about nature – you could even order a bug spotting book before you embark on the adventure. Your older children can draw the insects, flowers and birds they see, while younger ones can look at colours and shapes.
You can create a reading corner to read within nature, do some cloud watching, have some sensory playtime, or fashion a magical fairy garden. You can adventure all day long in the garden with all sorts of toys and gear.
We’ve pulled together a list of stuff you’ll need if you’re going to enjoy an adventure in your back garden. For more ideas on garden activities for kids, check out our full list here.
And, if you want to camp overnight, we've got all the gear for that, too.
This open-sided tent will provide young ones some shade while they’re in the garden, and allows
2. Quieting Kids Teepee
This cotton canvas tepee with pine poles makes a great den for the little ones. It works both
Best tall teepee
Much like the Quieting Kids Teepee Play Tent, but for little ones who are a smidge taller. This
4. Tent-Pop Up
Best indoor tent
This lovely little over-bed tent offers the chance to bring the outdoors in. The star design will
5. Melissa u0026 Doug Sunny Patch Tootle Turtle Camping Tent
Best turtle tent
The Tootle Turtle Tent is not only fun to say, but is really exciting for children. The colourful
Best playhouse tent
If you’re looking for a play tent for a number of children, then look no further. The Cuddlesome
Best paddling pool
On the garden adventure, this paddling pool is a very exciting thing to come across – is it the
Add another dimension into outdoor play with a sandpit, allowing for beach-style building and
9. Radio Flyer W5 Little Red Toy Wagon
Best red wagon
If you’re going exploring, then you need to be able to take the right kit with you!
Best scavenger hunt kit
Gofindit is a natural scavenger hunt which offers a great mix of fun, challenge excitement and
11. Barbecue Grill Kids Cooking Toys
Best kids' BBQ
What camping trip is complete without a barbecue at the end of the day? Adults, it’s time get
Best kids' camera
Holidays need photos. If your little one is off adventuring around the garden, why not let them
Best gardening set
If you're gardening, then your little ones will want to be gardening too. This DIY set will
14. Upgrow Walkie Talkie
One sure-fire way to turn a play in the garden into an adventure is with walkie talkies. They’re
Best bug set
This is a really playful way of getting children engaged with the natural world around them (and
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