Your garden could be providing a wonderful environment, allowing your children to play safely and happily. But are your kids interested in garden games? Are they something that they enjoy? If not, there may be some simple steps that you can take to make more of your garden space.
Too many children seem to spend far too many hours indoors. This has always seemed something of a mystery to me. It seems strange to think that many kids would prefer to sit indoors playing computer games, rather than enjoying more active pursuits.
This seems particularly strange on a warm summer's day. Who would want to be sat indoors in those circumstances? When I see a child sat watching television or playing video games, I can not help but wonder when they're missing out.
They're definitely missing out on getting any real exercise. Are they also lacking in the social contact that they should be getting? Encourage your children to spend time playing in the garden could be a more balanced approach, allowing them to have fun, to exercise and to mix more with the rest of the family.
All of this may sound good but how easy is it to encourage kids to put the video games away and to spend time outdoors? The answer is that it can be difficult. Many kids see alternatives to video games as being dull and boring.
Fortunately, you can help to change their opinions by providing a garden environment that is full of fun. The key is to take some time to think about how attractive a place your garden is in terms of entertaining your kids. If it does not offer very much, then there's no time like the present to make improvements!
This may sound like an expensive task but it does not need to be. There are a wide range of options available to you. You might opt to introduce some ball games, or you could look at installing a trampoline in your garden.
The possibilities are endless and there are toys and games suitable for gardens of almost any size. The important thing to do is to use your imagination – you'll be amazed by what you can do.
If your children have not previously enjoyed garden games then here's your chance to help them do so.