Outdoor Fun With Kids

Get inspiration for outdoor activities with your kids!

Egg Carton Delights

Your child can grow (and eventually eat) some really cute little plants from an old egg carton. We like alfalfa sprouts, mung beans and a selection of cresses as they only need a tiny container in which to grow. You could grow some violas, too.

1. Simply fill each space in the carton with a little sandy potting mix. Sprinkle a few seeds in and cover very slightly with the mix.
2. Remember not to overcrowd the seeds. Place them on a sunny windowsill and keep moist, but not wet (using a water mister is a good option).
3. For a bit of a twist, you might like to keep some empty egg shells and sit them in the carton or an egg cup, filling them with the potting mix instead. Violas look just gorgeous sprouting from an old egg shell!

Pet Rocks

Rocks, stones and pebbles in every conceivable shape and size are a ready resource and can be found almost anywhere. They are also great fun to collect. Encourage your child to start his own collection. You’ll be amazed at what he can find–even if access to the great outdoors is limited – and use a fishing tackle box to house the collection. With those that become special, your child might like to think up a name and write it on the rock. He may decide to sort them by shape, texture, colour or size or create several families of rocks.

Consider taking truly precious treasures to an engraver and having a word of your child’s choice etched onto the stone.

Mr Grass Man

If you have an old stocking (without a reinforced toe) to hand, your child can make a Mr Grass Man.

1. Fill the toe of a stocking with sawdust and grass seed (rye grass is ideal) to form a round ball (put the grass seeds in first and back fill with the sawdust).
2. Snip the stocking and secure with a rubber band. With a few permanent markers have your child draw a face on the ball.
3. Fill a cup or round container with water and place the stocking ball (grass seed side facing up) on top so it fits snugly.
4. Put in a sunny spot, keep well watered, and within a few weeks the little man will begin to grow hair. Your child will enjoy giving him a variety of different and kooky haircuts.

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Extract from Small Fry Outdoors: Inspiration for being outdoors with kids Susie Cameron, Caroline Webster & Katrina Crook. Available from most leading book stores from October 9th, 2008 RRP$24.95

Photography by Katrina Crook

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