There’s not a parent alive who wouldn’t love their kids to spend more time outside. In the modern age, we all worry about them spending too much time indoors, looking at screens and damaging their eyes while they do it. If anything, the need to get fresh air into the lives is more pressing than ever.
But, it can be hard to get them inspired enough to go out to the garden. In a lot of cases, it’s easy to see why. Their games consoles offer exciting visual stimulation, and adventures galore. In comparison, a blank patch of grass is hardly a draw.
Far from meaning you should give up, use this as inspiration to make your garden more appealing. Turn that blank piece of earth into a space they can enjoy. Of course, it can be hard to know where to get started, so it makes sense to take inspiration from what they love most – their video games. But, how do you achieve a videogame-themed garden? With a little smart thinking, and a step by step guide!
A safe house
Every video game has a safe house. This is where characters come to recharge, to ‘save’ the game. It’s also where they store their belongings. Incorporating an outhouse into your garden is a fantastic idea. You could opt for a traditional wooden structure, or get creative with something like these Armstrong Steel buildings. The benefit with an option like this is that you can customize it to your needs. Doing a little research into their favorite games will enable you to recreate safe houses. If they enjoy Harvest Moon, for example, you could recreate a steel barn. Once you have a safehouse in place, stock it with snacks and toys galore.
A walk on the wild side
No game will keep their attention long without a little adventure. Luckily, incorporating adventure into your garden is easy. You just have to let nature do its thing. The more overgrown your garden, the better it’ll be for exploration. That’s not to say that you should let things go altogether. Simple things, like letting flowers grow, is sure to make the place wilder. It may also be worth encouraging all the wildlife you can. And no, we’re not talking about the neighborhood cat. Incorporating ponds, or hidey holes for critters will ensure there’s plenty for your children to see.
Obstacles to overcome
And, of course, all games need a driving force. Placing obstacles in your garden will ensure your children stay engaged. You could take this literally, by incorporating a small obstacle course for them to play on. Or, you could create the obstacles yourself, by setting them tasks when they go outside. Something as simple as asking them to spot a list of different bugs will go down well. Plus, it has the benefit of being educational. Even something as simple as a private football game should be enough incentive. Whatever method you use, try anything to get them outside!