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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A-Z of Summer A is for...

Apple Bobbing - the perfect game for a summer's afternoon but best played in the garden.

A-Z of Summer B is for...

BBQ. It had to be barbecues. Take a look at our favourite recipe of the moment and some top tips.

A-Z of Summer C is for...

Collage - Get creative with a collage; a piece of art made up of lots of different materials.

A-Z of Summer D is for...

Dens. Make the ultimate hide out where it's invitation only with secret passwords.

A-Z of Summer E is for...

Egg and Spoon race. Recreate the sports day classic but make sure there's no cheating from mum and dad.

A-Z of Summer F is for...

Follow My Leader. A great game to get the kids marching, skipping, hopping and singing.

A-Z of Summer G is for...

Games Night. Ideas for the best board games, card games and the 'Who Am I?' game.

A-Z of Summer H is for...

Hide and Seek. A classic game which can be played inside or out. Who will be found first?

Alphabet I is for...

Ice Lollies. Perfect to cool down on a hot day and the chance to get fruity at home.

Alphabet J is for

Jenga. Keep your hand steady as you remove the blocks from the tower.

Alphabet K is for...

Kite Building. Get some real satisfaction by building your own and letting it go in a puff of wind.

Alphabet L is for...

Ladybird Garden. Be prepared to get some dirty fingers and 'borrow' a few flowers from the garden.

Alphabet M is for

Mud Pies. These are tasty treats you can eat and get messy at the same time!

Alphabet N is for

Noughts and Crosses. A simple but fun game which can soon become full of strategy and tactics!

Alphabet O is for

Obstacle Course. There's so many ways you set a tricky course full of traps and tricks.

Alphabet P is for

Paddling Pools. The perfect place to cool off on a hot summer's day.

Alphabet Q is for

Quoits. There's plenty of variations of this deck game and you don't need a boat to play it.

Alphabet R is for

Rummaging for bugs. Go on, be brave have a look in the garden and turn over some rocks!

Alphabet S is for

Skipping. Can your criss cross or double under? Check out the fun you can have with a skipping rope.

Alphabet T is for...

Treasure Hunt. Cryptic clues, photo clues or 'hot' and 'cold' can make for a great afternoon inside or out.

Alphabet U is for...

Under the Stars. On a clear night do some star-gazing or for the real young, make your own!

Alphabet V is for...

Vegetable patch. Have fun and be healthy by growing you own veg..it's not as difficult as it sounds.

Alphabet W is for

Water fights...what better way to cool off during the summer than getting the super soakers out.

Alphabet X is for

X-Box, check out our guide some of the latest games available for the console.

Alphabet Y is for...

Yo-yo. Have hours of fun as you 'walk the dog' and master other tricks with your yo-yo.

Alphabet Z is for...

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