Apple Bobbing - the perfect game for a summer's afternoon but best played in the garden.
A-Z of Summer: Ladybird Garden
These are really good fun to make but can be a bit fiddly. Be prepared to get earthy fingers, and to give up one or two flowers from the garden.
Find a flattish container – a seed tray is perfect if you have one, otherwise a container with low sides like a serving dish or a shallow sided cardboard box, will do. Or if you really can’t find anything at all then you could clear a little area of the ground and put some sticks to mark out the boundary fence, or stones to make a wall.
Fill your container with earth from the garden or sand from the sandpit and pat it down smoothly. Use small stones to make a winding path, some leaves and flowers to make bushes and plants; if your lawn has lots of daisies and buttercups these are great to use. See if you can make a tree out of a twig with some leaves on, or use a bit of moss to look like foliage.
One of the best features of the ladybird garden is a pond, made from a pot or lid sunk into the soil, line with tin foil and then fill with a little water, add a petal or two to make it look like water lilies.
Make some garden furniture, a piece of bark makes a great bench or table and snail shells make fantastic chairs.
Make sure you check which leaves you are ok to pick, some could be poisonous or have stingers.
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BBQ. It had to be barbecues. Take a look at our favourite recipe of the moment and some top tips.
Collage - Get creative with a collage; a piece of art made up of lots of different materials.
Dens. Make the ultimate hide out where it's invitation only with secret passwords.
Egg and Spoon race. Recreate the sports day classic but make sure there's no cheating from mum and dad.
Follow My Leader. A great game to get the kids marching, skipping, hopping and singing.
Games Night. Ideas for the best board games, card games and the 'Who Am I?' game.
Hide and Seek. A classic game which can be played inside or out. Who will be found first?
Ice Lollies. Perfect to cool down on a hot day and the chance to get fruity at home.
Jenga. Keep your hand steady as you remove the blocks from the tower.
Kite Building. Get some real satisfaction by building your own and letting it go in a puff of wind.
Ladybird Garden. Be prepared to get some dirty fingers and 'borrow' a few flowers from the garden.
Mud Pies. These are tasty treats you can eat and get messy at the same time!
Noughts and Crosses. A simple but fun game which can soon become full of strategy and tactics!
Obstacle Course. There's so many ways you set a tricky course full of traps and tricks.
Paddling Pools. The perfect place to cool off on a hot summer's day.
Quoits. There's plenty of variations of this deck game and you don't need a boat to play it.
Rummaging for bugs. Go on, be brave have a look in the garden and turn over some rocks!
Skipping. Can your criss cross or double under? Check out the fun you can have with a skipping rope.
Treasure Hunt. Cryptic clues, photo clues or 'hot' and 'cold' can make for a great afternoon inside or out.
Under the Stars. On a clear night do some star-gazing or for the real young, make your own!
Vegetable patch. Have fun and be healthy by growing you own veg..it's not as difficult as it sounds.
Water fights...what better way to cool off during the summer than getting the super soakers out.
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