Five spring things to get your kids out into the garden
1. Entrance them. Help them find fairies and trolls and magic everywhere. By making the outdoor experience magical and fun, we can lead children to developing their own sustained interest in the practical side of being outdoors.
2. Give them a regular outdoor project. A veggie patch is a great start. Or a nature journal, rain gauge or even a mushroom kit.
3. Involve them early in your outdoor chores. Weeding, hanging out the washing, washing the dog, pruning or watering the garden will help make it fun!
4. Take their indoor activities outside. Lego, handheld computer games, books; colouring-in can all be done on the deck, or on a rug in the garden.
5. Encourage them to be as wild as they want. Let them learn that outside is a place where they can dance, sing and yell their little lungs out.
Source: Unstructured plan expert and author Caroline Webster www.caroandco.com.au