Many of us have fond memories of being children and being lucky enough to have access to a garden in which we could play. Combining the open space and varied flora of a well thought out garden with a child’s limitless imagination opens up entirely new worlds of possibilities for them. With our kids spending more and more of their lives, like us, with their heads buried in screens, anything we can do to encourage them to spend more time outside and in nature is to be encouraged.

No matter how big or small your garden is, with a few relatively simple touches, you can turn it into a versatile space that your kids will love. Here are some of the most effective things you can do to make your garden more child-friendly.

Let Yourself Relax

The first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that your own standards are probably going to have to drop. You may have had some grand ideas of using floral displays, water features, and statues to create your dream garden. If you want this to be a space where kids can play freely, though, you are going to need to bite the bullet and accept that plants and statues are likely to be damaged.

Maintain a Safe Perimeter

You will want to ensure that young children aren’t going to wander out of your garden and towards a busy road. This can be done by installing fencing around your garden, which you can order from a website like Fencestore. They stock cheap fence panels, but they are still sturdy and will form an effective barrier without spoiling the look of your garden.

Be Water Aware

This is especially important if you have younger children and toddlers in your house. Water features, including fish ponds and fountains, can look really beautiful. However, as any parent knows, very young children should never be left unsupervised around water. Even a bucket of water is a potential drowning hazard. If your garden already contains a pond, it’s important to make sure your kids understand the dangers, and that you place barriers around it.

Use Zoning

If you have enough space in your garden, you may well want to dedicate some areas for your children’s use and leave some room free for the adults. Clearly delineating these zones means that you can give yourself a nice, quiet spot to do your reading and relaxing, while still being able to supervise the kids. Try and keep your kids’ play area near to the house so you can easily observe them while they play.

Choose Equipment Carefully

The equipment you choose for your garden, if any, will depend on your children. Obviously, their age and capabilities will play a role in determining what is and isn’t suitable. But you should also consider their tastes and personalities. Not all eight-year-old girls want to do the same things; some will want to play on a swing, others a slide and the really adventurous ones might just want to go bug hunting.

Keep Costs Down With DIY

There are all kinds of DIY projects you can do to enhance your garden for your kids. For example, building them their own tepee gives them a sheltered space in which they can read a book, play on a tablet, or even just get away from the grown-ups for a bit!

Stay One Step Ahead of Their Development

Parents get used to this idea quite quickly. Whether it’s shoes, school uniforms, reading books, or anything else in your child’s life, you always have to be prepared for the next step. Kids grow up faster than we realise. Before you know it, the toys that they were once inseparable from have been relegated to the shelf or the back of a cupboard. When you are looking at adding play equipment to your garden, you should consider how long it will be useful to them for. The longer something will last, the more it is worth spending on it. Don’t go overboard on buying an expensive swing that they won’t be able to use in a year.

Work With What You Have

Most of us don’t have huge gardens to work with, as much as we would love to. While there are a lot of things you can do to alter or enhance the space you do have, it is also important to understand the limitations of your setup and to work with them.

And there you have it! With these words of advice in mind, you are free to let your imagination, and your children’s, run wild. The more involved they can be in the actual design process, the more they are likely to enjoy the final garden you end up with. Remember, when a garden is designed with true care and love, it can provide an experience for your children quite unlike anything else.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that clued up about cars. I’m taking driving lessons this year and i cannot wait to get on the road! A car needs to support my family in the right way. I want to make sure I’ve got enough space to fit everyone in and that it is safe to drive and be on the road. I want to make sure I’ve got room to put all the kids’ toys in the boot. But apart from that, I don’t really know what I’m dealing with.

I also have to admit that I have no clue about tyres, oil and water and when to check all of these things. TyrePlus have put together this fab GET TO GRIPS guide on getting to grips with your tyres – perfect for a newbie like me so I’ll be printing this off when I’ve passed my test!

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Before that though  there are the car choices:

When you go to buy a new car, you’re swamped with countless options. Before you even get that far, you need to understand car classifications and exactly what you’re looking for. What the heck is an SUV, and how does it differ from an MVP?! What do you need to check for when it comes to the tyres and 

Hatchbacks

Often known as ‘family cars’, saloons and hatchbacks offer plenty of space for most families. They’re normally 4 or 5-door vehicles, and they’re fairly large to allow plenty of space. The difference between the two is minimal. Usually, a hatchback provides a raise-open door at the back. This can lead to a hatchback providing more boot space. A saloon, on the other hand, is more traditional with its boot.

MVP

No, this doesn’t stand for Most Valuable Player! An MVP is a multi-purpose vehicle. What does that mean? Basically, families look to MVP cars for more seating space and more legroom. They’re fairly big vehicles, but they offer a heck of a lot more space than a saloon or a hatchback. They can be quite expensive to buy from new, but they’re always going used at places like Autotrader.co.uk.

SUV

They might share a three-letter abbreviation with the topic above, but that’s where the similarities end. These are sports utility vehicles, often referred to as 4×4 vehicles. Originally, people who bought these types of cars were normally looking to go off-road with them. Over time, their uses have adapted to the market. Nowadays, a lot of people buy SUVs for their rugged nature and space offerings. And you never know – if you fancy an off-road trip, this vehicle might just come in very handy!

Estate

Let’s go back to the saloons and hatchbacks that we mentioned earlier. An estate car is basically a longer version of those two classifications. And seriously; they are long. They aren’t always easy to drive, but they are still a great choice for many families. The increased length offers a lot of boot space in many circumstances. . Also, estates look good. If you want to cruise around in style, there are plenty of worse ways to take your family on the road.

So thats a few choices on car styles but what about all the other things?

Have you been learning to drive and is buying and maintaining a car feeling scary to you too?

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This summer we have been looking at ways we can travel around Europe and give the kids a bit more adventure. We came across Eurocamp as a few friends of ours had suggested they would be great for our young family.

Eurocamp are an outdoor family holiday specialist that offer self-catering or mobile home holidays. From bungalows to lodges there are options to make you feel at home. These are great for people with young families like ours as the accommodation is safe, comfortable and everyone has their own space/bedrooms just like at home. We love the idea of their pre-bookable extra’s to lighten the load such as welcome packs, linen & beach towel hire and free baby and toddler essentials like cots, high chairs & booster seats.

As a young family we often find it quite hard to get away during the summer months especially with the 2 boys being so young so here are a few ideas to make your experience of camping in Europe fun!

• Nature Hunt. Hopefully, the summer months should bring good weather for you and the family to go out and enjoy yourselves. If this is the case, you can create scavenger hunt sheets for the children for them to collect items in nature such as leaves and pinecones. This isn’t just fun and hands-on, it’s educational!

Movie Days. For the days when you need to slow down or take a break from the sunshine or when it rains, create a darkened cinema in the living room and choose movies with the kids to create your own cinematic experience. You can have fun making homemade flavoured popcorn right beforehand, making healthy snacks more fun! I’ve linked to a calendar here that has some fab suggestions and here are our top 5 Kid-friendly movies:

  1. The Lion King
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. The Hobbit
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1/ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  5. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Spielberg’s classic, an alternative for those who aren’t Harry Potter fans

• Garden Party. The beauty of the summer is the sunshine when it appears, so set up a vintage garden party with finger sandwiches, orange juice and homemade cream cakes for the kids and their new Eurocamp friends. You could set up some games and have a great time.

With the summer weather here to stay there is no better time to ensure that you can switch off and get out. I strongly recommend having a bit of a social media detox around the kids holidays and max out your time just being fun and free. Think about taking a break from online work and coming back all fresh at the beginning of September with some fresh ideas (and I’ll be honest who wouldn’t love a little real life now and again).

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Eurocamp have over 190 locations across Europe set in beautiful locations – beaches, forests, lakes, cities, mountains – which offer amazing opportunities for exploring and sightseeing.

Let us know where you are heading this summer and if you have any Eurocamp location suggestions please do let us know!