50 things activities in your back garden

Even bold adventurers don't need to go too far from home to tick off challenges from the 50 things activity list. Here are our top ten ideas for activities that you can do in your own back garden, nearest park or outdoor green space.

Campers pitch their tent

No.3 camp out in the wild

Your back garden might not seem that wild but it's a great place to pitch a tent and tick another activity off your list. Before you bed down for the night keep an eye out for bats and owls.

Children den building

No.4 build a den

Choose a flat, dry spot and start building your den. You can make it out of any materials, but branches, twigs and leaves are a good place to start. Then you'll just need a keep out sign for when you're done!

50 things girl making daisy chain

No.16 make a daisy chain

Find some daisies and start making a chain, it's as simple as that! Top tip: daisies with long thick chains are easier to make holes in and make a stronger chain.

A close up of a snail race at Ickworth

No.17 set up a snail race

You'll have to find some snails for this, then just mark out a short track in chalk - don't make it too long though, snails move super slowly. Your racing snails will be happier if the track is somewhere shady, as they don't like being out in the sun! It's best to pop them back where you found them after their race, and wash your own hands too.

Man and two children playing a grass trumpet

No.25 make a grass trumpet

A blade of grass makes an amazing noise when you know what to do with it. You could even start your own grass band with your friends.

Family sitting in garden gazing up at the sky

No.27 go star gazing

On a clear night you can make a wish on a shooting star, or spot a planet from your garden. The night sky is full of spectacular sights whatever time of year it is. You'll need warm clothes and some patience though.

Girl with a frog in her hand

No.30 hold a scary beast

Are you brave enough to hold a scary (mini) beast? Perhaps a spider, worm, woodlice or a beetle? If you are, then you'll have ticked off another challenge off your list. Remember that you're a giant compared to the creature, so be gentle, and put it back in its home once you've held it!

Children on a bug-hunt at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

No.31 hunt for bugs

Your garden is a great place to look for all sorts of bugs - try searching under rocks and stones, or bits of wood, in the soil or the grass. Lots of bugs have homes outside so you're bound to find something.

Pallets and pipes stacked up to create bug hotel

No.36 make a home for a wild animal

All sorts of animals need homes, so why not try making a bug hotel, a house for a hedgehog, a motel for a mouse or even a palace for a fox. Think about the creature you're making a home for - does it need to be warm, light, dry, dark, cold, or wet?

A young family bird watching

No.44 go bird watching

If you can find somewhere quiet to sit, watch and wait for birds then you'll be spotting them before you know it. Make sure you don't frighten them off, birds get spooked pretty easily.

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