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8 ideas to get the kids outdoors

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Playing outdoors can be a delightful adventure for kids, filled with learning and creativity.


Our clever Bunnings Workshop members have shared many D.I.Y. projects that can help encourage kids to play outdoors and keep them busy, especially during the school holidays. Check out some examples below.


1. Build a sand pit


Sandpits help youngsters get exercise outdoors, develop their fine motor skills and learn more about the world around them. Shane's (@ShaneandAsh) creative pirate ship sandpit includes a slide, periscope, binoculars and boat wheel for hours of fun.


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Follow this step-by-step guide to create your own sandpit: How to build a sandpit with foldable cover.


2. Construct a play tent


A kids tent can be a fun outdoor retreat for them to play in or to spend a night camping in the backyard. Claire (@Renowayoflife) shares step-by-step instructions on building a kids outdoor tent.


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For more ideas on how to keep little ones entertained, check out our Top 10 most popular kids projects.

3. Gardening


Teach kids about the magic of growing their own plants using methods like paper seed pots. Horticulturalist @Adam_W shares step-by-step instructions in How to make seed pots using paper.


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Watering plants can also be a fun gardening activity for kids. Adam shares tips on How to water your garden.


4. Host a picnic


Organise an outdoor family picnic and encourage kids to help set up the area. Annie (@annie75) created a lovely outdoor dining arrangement featuring her D.I.Y. herringbone table.


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For more inspiration, check out 10 D.I.Y. ideas for your outdoor party.


5. Decorate


Involve your kids in decorating your outdoor areas, especially during the festive season. You can also encourage creativity by letting the children make their own decorations. Resident D.I.Y. expert @MitchellMc's festive candy cane decoration is a good D.I.Y. project for families to tackle together. 


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The Bunnings team shares more creative D.I.Y. crafts for kids in Nine easy craft ideas.


6. Build an outdoor play table


Play tables provide stable surfaces for all kinds of activities, including arts, crafts and imaginative play. Passionate D.I.Y. aficionado Tara (@Tara86) built this small table tennis table for her kids to enjoy, which can be set up at the perfect height and is easy to store away.


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Check out more kids play tables shared by Workshop members.


7. Make a cubby house


A cubby house can grow alongside your kids and offer hours of entertainment outdoors. Marty (@Yorky88) added a rock climbing wall and a telescope in his cubby house to make playtime more fun. 


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Don't miss the Top 10 most popular cubby house projects shared on Workshop. 


8. Create a mud kitchen


A mud kitchen can give kids a fun place to get messy. This simple mud kitchen by Workshop member @DIY-Loomesy was built using two pallets and can make for a fun family project.


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Make your own by following this step-by-step guide: How to build a mud kitchen for kids.


More ideas on keeping kids entertained 


The popular free kids D.I.Y. workshops at Bunnings stores are also a great way to keep little ones busy. You can find and book an in-store workshop or activity via the Bunnings website


Don't hesitate to ask a question if you need more ideas on keeping kids entertained. We would be happy to assist. 


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