No grass stains, no glory: five family garden games

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1. Jump the sprinkler


It's a classic that's a winner with kids of all ages - and a brilliant way to cool off on a hot summer's day.

Set the lawn sprinkler so that it oscillates back and forth in a big lazy arc, giving your water babies the option to jump over, duck

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2. Beanbag ladder toss

Feeling a little competitive? All you need for this is a stepladder, a couple of beanbags and your throwing arm.

Write out the numbers one to five (or how ever many steps there are) on separate

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3. Obstacle course


This is fun to both create and take part in. Encourage those young imaginations when it comes to constructing the course from household objects (crawl under the picnic blanket, hop around the plant pots, ‘walk the plank' along the kitchen bench, jump o

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4. Leapfrog


This is an old favourite, but one that the whole family can play - age is no barrier!

The classic game involves one person vaulting over the arched back of another, but can be made more or less difficult, depending how big the ‘leaper' and the ‘fr

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5. Outdoor arts and crafts


For really creative kids' outdoor activities, get them painting, sticking and gluing - all without mum having to worry about splattered walls, chairs and floors.

Simply get some big empty boxes, set them out on the grass underneath

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