Weed the garden
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Why not the children? Encourage green thumbs early on with Melissa and Doug Bibi Bee Watering Can, $28.99, and Melissa and Doug Tootin’ Turtle Tote Set, $36, both from littlefunkymonkey.co.nz. Little Tikes Gas n Go Mower RRP$49.99 from planetfun.co.nz
Paint the house
It’s not often we encourage kids to paint on walls, but when the walls are cardboard — who can resist? Mocka Art House, $39.95 from mocka.co.nz
Water the lawn
Nothing says summer like the squeals of children running under a sprinkler. And when water is precious during dry summer months the parched grass will appreciate some sprinkler action too.
A sandpit in the shade will provide hours of entertainment for young and old. Pull up a recliner and sip a cool drink while your little ones make groundbreaking discoveries in engineering and design. Or join them in the ageless thrill of sandcastle construction.
Service the bikes
Summer is a great season for bikes and, with various trailers, tag-alongs and toddler seats available, you can pack up the family and pedal off for a cycling adventure. Give the bikes a tune-up first — pump the tires, oil the chain, adjust the seat, dust off the cobwebs…
Who can resist a water fight? Fill a bucket with water balloons and run for cover. Great for motor skills development, not to mention cooling off.
Published April, 2014