By Chloe Fair
National Garden Week and the Easter Holidays are two great excuses to get outside, not to mention the sudden appearance of some Spring sun. Don’t worry about bad weather getting in the way of family fun this Easter as we have some great outdoor suggestions and activities that can easily be taken inside if the weather turns bad. And all of our suggestions are cheap and suitable for all the family.
Crafts in the garden
Take your crafts out in the garden this Easter and not only will your children get some fresh air, but you can start planting your Spring flowers without worrying about them making a mess inside. There are some great free crafts available online this year.
Hello Moon offer adorable, unique personalised prints and mugs! Their in-house designers have created an adorable Easter craft pack that you can do with your kids during the Easter holidays. All you need is crayons, glue, scissors and a bit of imagination!
Hello Moon is sending their 16-page craft pack out with every order made before April 16th. Alternatively, you can download a printer-friendly version of the craft pack to do at home.
Red Kite Days has also published some great crafts to do at home. Check out its Easter Bunny Cups - easy and cheap to make!
Easter egg rolling
Limehouse Day Nursery has a great activity that you can do with all the family. All you have to do is:
You can lay out a rug or a sheet in the garden and get rolling!
Explore open spaces
Haddy Folivi is a mum of two (3 and 8 years) and runs Clarity Media. She knows the importance of keeping the kids happy over Easter and balancing work with family time. She tries to make sure that her kids get at least one hour of fresh air every day.
“We are keeping the kids busy during the holidays by going to a range of different parks and open spaces. Every open space presents a new opportunity to explore and become a new adventure, and best of all, it's often free - all we need to spend money on is their ice creams.”
Start exploring the outdoors in your local area and find your local park with gov.uk’s handy tool.
Grow your own fruit and veg
Gardening is another simple and effective way to keep the kids happy, in the sunshine and bonding with parents this Easter along with being cheap and educational! It’s great for parents and kids as mum and dad will be happy (it’s proved to burn 700 cals in 2 hours!), it gets kids away from their screens and learning about where their food comes from.
Innocent smoothies and not-for-profit organisation GIY have partnered together for campaign Sow & Grow that aims to encourage kids and adults around the UK to get out into their gardens, get their hands dirty and get growing! It saves money (we all know how expensive fruit can be!), keeps families active and is a great way to enjoy this glorious sunshine this Easter.