Outings away from the garden will provide an array of sights you don’t see every day.
If you’re going further afield, stock your hamper with all the essentials. As nobody likes sitting on damp grass, one of my tricks is to pack a shower curtain in with the blanket as a waterproof underlay if the weather is damp.
At the top of the list, of course, is adequate sun cream but sunshades are also great, so dig out your umbrellas as an easy-to-carry option. A few bottles of frozen water in situ act as an icepack to keep food and water cool if it turns into a scorcher.
Plus, a few frozen grapes in the mix are excellent as make-shift ice cubes you can snack on.
Scavenge around the garden over the course of the year and you’ll be surprised at the props you can discover to make time outdoors both engaging and informative for kids.
Bring along a few conkers or decorated stones and line them all up to create your very own outdoor abacus for kids to practise times tables and arithmetic while spending time in the great outdoors.