Getting outside: Garden crafts to keep children busy

There’s no better way to enjoy some family quality with the little ones than with some fun and creative garden crafts.

We’ve got some fantastic ideas to keep those little fingers busy, so dust off those fabric pens, pick up some paint, and get ready to get crafty in the garden with your kids or grandchildren.

1. Painted Ladybird Rocks

Painted Ladybird Rocks
These adorable ladybird rocks are so simple to create, but the little ones will cherish them forever. This idea comes courtesy of Crafts by Amanda

Before getting started, print out a picture of the rocks so that the children have something to copy.

You will need:

  • Patio paint in a variety of colours
  • Smooth rocks (which you can find on Amazon or in garden centres)
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Outdoor sealer 


How to do it:

  1. Before painting, wash and dry your rocks to remove any dirt and debris, allowing the paint to stick.
  2. Get the little ones to paint the rock in a colour of their choice, leaving the bottom bare. Let it dry before painting on a black head.
  3. Dip the handle of the paintbrush in black paint to do the ladybird spots. Find a clean paintbrush or wash the one the children are already using and use it to dot on the white eyes.
  4. Once the rock’s completely dry, assist the children in using a toothpick to draw black pupils onto the eyes. As soon as everything’s dry, apply a layer of sealer to prevent the paint from peeling off.

The children don’t have to stick with ladybirds. They can try painting sheep, chicks or anything else they put their minds to.

2. Leaf Painting

Leaf Painting
Who doesn’t love playing around with paints?

Leaf painting is a fun and simple activity that’ll really get the creative juices flowing. And the best bit is that everyone can join in.

You will need:

  • A large sheet of paper
  • Skinny paintbrushes
  • Paint in lots of different colours
  • Leaves in many shapes and sizes


How to do it:

  1. Pre-set a small table in the garden with a large sheet of paper. Pop your skinny paintbrushes in a pot and lay the paints out so they’re easy for little arms to reach.
  2. Before getting started on the art, take the little ones to forage for some leaves. You can even turn this into a fun game by seeing who can find the biggest and smallest leaves.
  3. Next, lay them out on the table and encourage the children to splodge as much paint as they like over the paper. You might want to lay a plastic sheet on the floor to prevent flecks and specks from getting onto the patio.
  4. Afterwards, get them to use the leaves to swish the paint around, encouraging them to use different colours and brushes so that they can experiment with their creations.

Once they’ve finished, you’ll be left with a unique paper painting and fun painted leaves that you can frame and hang inside your house.

3. Garden Wish Flags

Garden Wish Flags
Garden wish flags are perfect for adding some magic to your outdoor space. They carry hopes and wishes – will yours come true?

This wonderful craft idea comes from The Artful Parent, so be sure to give it a try the next time the grandchildren visit.

You will need:

  • White or natural cotton fabric
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Fabric marker pens or crayons
  • Thin ribbon
  • Pinking shears


How to do it:

  1. Cut a piece of fabric (from an old sheet or something similar) into triangles using pinking shears, which will stop the edges from fraying.
  2. Tape the edges to the table using your tape to stop them from blowing away in the wind. This will also make it easy for the little ones to draw and colour.
  3. Encourage the children to draw their favourite things onto each triangle using fabric pens or crayons. They could draw flowers, cute critters or the weather – let their imaginations run wild.
  4. If you’re a dab hand with the sewing machine, sew the ribbon along the entire length, leaving a foot at each end for tying. Otherwise, you could make small holes in the fabric and thread the pieces together with the ribbon – anything to hold them together.
  5. Hang your wish flags in the garden and make your wishes. Don’t tell each other, or they won’t come true!

Once the wish flags hang in the garden, they’ll add colour and special wishes to the garden. The little ones will love it.

We’d love to see your crafty creations...

Take a picture, being sure to squeeze your Lazy Susan furniture in, and we’ll donate money to charity.

Simply send in your snaps to [email protected] or tag us on Instagram or Facebook @lazysusanfurniture.

If you want to know more about Children's Art Week 2021, please visit AwarenessDays.com.