50 things activities in your back garden

You don't need to stray far from home to spot shooting stars, colourful birds or furry caterpillars. Here are our top ten ideas for embracing nature 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 keep an eye out for animals. Fall asleep to the tune of bats and owls as they go about their night activities.

Children den building

No.4 build a den

Collect some snapping branches and crunchy leaves and start building your hideaway in the heart of nature. Who knows which inquisitive animals may pop by for a visit!

50 things girl making daisy chain

No.16 make a daisy chain

Find some sweet smelling 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.

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.

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, in the soil or the grass. Does your critter have fur, wings or many legs?

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

Watch birds fly, sing, chat to each other and eat their food by finding somewhere quiet to sit, watch and wait. Just make sure you don't frighten them off, birds get spooked pretty easily.