I have put together a collection of activities that I used to entertain Sophie while we worked on our garden makeover. We tried to get most of the work done during Sophie’s nap times but sometimes we carried on while she played outside. Ideally, I like to play with Sophie but it was really useful to have some activities that she was able to get on with independently so we could continue to work nearby.
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1. Mud Kitchen – This has been the biggest hit in our garden and Sophie plays with this every time she goes outside. We made ours out of an old pallet but you could use a bowl and a table.
2. Carrot Dig Sensory Box – After we had finished playing in this sensory box together I put the lid on this box and left it outside. When we wanted to do some gardening, we just took the lid off and let Sophie her dig in her own soil.
3. Cars and Brick Roads – This was a simple activity that entertained Sophie while we moved some block paving and laid some paths.
4. Dinosaur Footsteps and Balancing Beams – These tree trunk slices and wooden planks kept Sophie entertained while we cut wood for the deck.
5. Outdoor Mark Making with Water – This was a great way to encourage Sophie to stay on the patio area so that my husband could get on with some jobs without a helper!
6. Tea Party Water Play – Sophie loves water and this activity was another way to keep her in one spot!
7. Digger Mud Box – We reused the soil from the carrot dig activity but added the diggers to spark her interest again.
8. Outdoor Mark Making with Chalk – We have a chalkboard hung on the shed but it was out of bounds while we built the deck so we let Sophie decorate the patio instead. This is a simple and classic activity that children love.
9. Water Wall – We made our water wall free standing so that we could move it around. This has been really useful while we were ripping up concrete as we could set up a play area away from the uneven surfaces.
10. Dinosaur Small World Tyre – This is my favourite addition to our garden and I think it is Sophie’s too by the way she charges up to the top of the garden, with a dinosaur in each hand, ready to play.
Sophie also loves to play on her climbing frame, slide headfirst down her slide and pretend to drive her car but I found by having a few of these activities ready she could flit between activities and played independently which allowed us to work on the garden.
Since writing this post I have added a few more garden activities to the blog. You can find them in the ‘Outdoors’ category which is in the ‘Activities by Theme’ menu above.
I am also hosting a giveaway to win an outdoor play kit containing some of the items needed for the activities above.
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