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Published April 20th 2020
How to enjoy your backyard in the time of coronavirus
Now that lockdown is in full swing, we are all spending a lot of our time at home. For those of you homeschooling your children, you are very probably spending a significant chunk of your days indoors and online.
But that's all the more reason to go to the backyard (or front yard) too, and spend as much time as possible outdoors, especially while these autumn days are still soaking in sunshine and blue skies.
Your backyard is full of adventures and learning experiences for your children. Here are some ideas from A-Z on how your children can have some backyard fun during this time of lockdown and self-isolation.
Autumn leaves. Collect autumn leaves from your garden and use them in craft activities. You'll find plenty of awesome ideas here.
Jack O Lantern pumpkins. Jack O Lantern pumpkins belong to the celebration of Halloween, and Halloween is actually an autumn celebration. It's autumn now, so why not get some pumpkins and decorate your doorway with them?
Make compost. Here are some ideas on how to get started.
Night garden. Rug up in your blankets or coats, and explore your backyard and garden at night. Spend time enjoying the moon and the stars.
Obstacle course. Set up an obstacle course in the backyard for the kids to complete. Use whatever you have in your yard: planks of wood, bricks, play equipment, trampoline, garden paths, the lawn, pool noodles, hula hoops, etc.
Picnic in your backyard. Take advantage of the autumn sunshine and the blue sky days by having a picnic in your backyard.
Tree decorating. Decorate your trees with fairy lights, lanterns, windchimes, colourful streamers, balloons, colourful bunting, pennants, garlands, Christmas ornaments, etc. Or why not start a bonsai tree garden? Bunnings has a good range of bonsai trees and bonsai kit seeds.
Underground investigations. Learn about the world beneath our feet. What animals live underground? Then use toilet paper roll tubes and other cardboard tubes and boxes to create an 'underground world' of tunnels and burrows for an underground creature.
Vegetable garden. Here are five easy plants that kids can grow and eat.