Getting Outdoors + Kids’ Gardening Sets Giveaway

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Making mud pies, letting them bake in the sun, then icing them with flowers, petals and cobwebs collected so gently with a stick.

Fiona G
Jumping from gum tree to above ground pool, no fences back then!!!

Natalie Stoute
Making homes out of ice cream containers for snails and slater bugs. We’d use empty matchboxes for beds and would decorate the homes with flowers and stickers. Great memories.

Sarah K
Building a bonfire with my dad was awesome. We got to help pile up the old tomato plants and fallen branches. But the great bit was that when a spark went down my gumboot and dad put his hose in there straight away (no harm done), I learned that it was ok to take a risk and try something big, as long as there was a plan for if something went wrong. And that you could trust others to be there for you!

Where we lived it was all bushland at the back of the house. We would just take off for hours, coming home when we got hungry. We were never injured and I don’t think my Mother worried too much. Absolute freedom. I remember coming home with bush lemons and macadaemia nuts. They just grew wild.

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Despite the fact that is was freezing outside today, the sun was shining and the preschooler interprets that as t-shirt weather! We had been sent some very cute kids gardening kits which he had been busting to try out, so for our 21 Challenge activity today, it was perfect weather to  plant our seeds.

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For a non gardener like me, this was the perfect gardening activity. The kit came with simple instructions and everything we needed bar the soil.

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We set about filling our pots with soil.

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Made some holes for the seeds and planted them.

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Gave them some water.

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And hopefully we found a puppy safe place for them in the sunshine!

Getting Outdoors

I do often think about the difference between my childhood and our kids.  There are certainly some difference because I grew up in the country, but there other differences that I think are more generational.  Our kids play outside quite a bit, but they would definitely play outside less than I did.

Our kids have more structured activities outdoors; weekday training sessions and weekend games, but I have been making an effort to encourage the kids to get outdoors more often in an unstructured way. Prompts like gardening work well – thankfully Mr I likes to spend time in the garden, so this draws the kids out to him on the weekends.

Allowing them space to create and be adventurous, without my prying eyes has had great success too. We don’t really have any climbing trees at our home.  A shame really, as I remember fondly climbing trees as a kid – we even had a special game for one big tree, called hide the stone, that I used to particularly love.

Last school holidays the weather was great and the younger three kids were spending time outside, but it was a bit sedentary; they were reading or listening to an audio book.  So I brought out  a box with recycled materials and  encouraged them to create something in the garden.

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While having suffered some damage from the puppy in this photo, they actually created rings, a swing and climbing tracks up the tree. It was one of the best things I have done with the kids in terms of getting them outside more. At times they took sheets out to make shade and picnic blankets to eat their lunch.

But it is something I have to think about and work on, when it comes to the upcoming winter school holidays. I will need to find ways to encourage them outside.

A recent survey of 1000 Australian parents with children aged seven to 12 has found fear of strangers and worries about injuries mean they are ‘over supervising’ their kids and not giving them the independence they had as children. The infographic below has some pretty interesting stats:


STIHL, has launched a national program to encourage kids to get outside and connect with nature. There are two parts to the program:

  • My Green Wall – Selected schools will receive their very own vertical garden – a complete kit which includes a steel frame structure carrying up to thirty pots. This is supported by curriculum-compliant educational and teaching materials for Grade 3 students, as well as inclusive take-home materials for each child to share with their family. You can head here to register.
  • My Working Bee – Primary schools across the country are invited to register for STIHL support for their working bees. If successful, STIHL will coordinate the use of a selection of STIHL equipment to support your scheduled clean-up day. I know our school working bees are BYO tools so this would be incredibly helpful. You can head here to register your working bee.

You can find out more about the programs at the Get Outdoors website and Get Outdoors facebook page.

Kids’ Gardening Sets Giveaway

Kids' Gardening Kits
Stihl also have five kits to giveaway to readers, they are cute and practical.   Each kit includes:

  • Planting pot
  • Kids trowel
  • Kids apron
  • Kids gardening gloves
  • Seeds
  • Re-usable shopping bag

For your chance to win:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favourite outdoor memory as a kid.
  • You must have a valid email address to enter. If no response is received with 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
  • This give away is available to Australian residents only.
  • The give away will close 9pm AEST Saturday 29th June 2013.
  • Good luck!

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  1. Renee Annison says

    i remember i used to get snails out of the garden and lick the bottoms,mind you i was 3 hahaha

  2. Lynne Lillington says

    Making a club house on vacant land, we used it all our childhood, had sleepovers and made damper.

  3. Gary Salvaggio says

    My grandfather built a rain forest on 1000sqm in his yard, he use to take us on wheelbarrow rides through it and then in his work shed we use to hammer and nail together off cuts of wood. Simple yet strong lasting memories

  4. Natalie Stoute says

    Making homes out of ice cream containers for snails and slater bugs. We’d use empty matchboxes for beds and would decorate the homes with flowers and stickers. Great memories.

  5. Marlene Tham says

    My mum made me a frog, snail and catepillar cake for my birthday when I turned 4. It looked so real I threw the frog cake in the pond, and set the snail and caterpillar cakes free in the garden. My mum was not impressed, but the part guests were amused.

  6. Judith Mumma Fasshauer says

    My mum preparing daily a treasure hunt with different clues and at the end some yummy reward for me and my sister i loved that we enjoy everyday plus at the end we ate something yummy bake for my mum

  7. Kirsten W says

    I grew up on a farm and my whole childhood was spent playing in the paddocks. How can I have a favourite memory? I was lucky – there are too many to choose from! Climbing trees, riding my motorbike, swimming in lakes, going on hikes, building cubbies, driving the tractor…..sigh…it was such a wonderful, carefree time!

  8. Courtney Brideson says

    I was never a sporty kid, I was more likely to be found with my nose in a book somewhere, but I’ve got some very fond memories of backyard cricket games going well into the evening, until we had to pack it in because we couldn’t see the ball any more.

  9. Belinda Smetioukh says

    Climbing the mango tree…then jumping out of it onto the trampoline and into the pool!

  10. Diana says

    Making mud pies, letting them bake in the sun, then icing them with flowers, petals and cobwebs collected so gently with a stick.

  11. Brenda Pevitt says

    Climbing the huge pine trees that were along the main road just in front of our house. We spent many hours climbing and having fun.

  12. Karina Wong says

    Taking my little car for a spin around the car park every Saturday while waiting for mum to finish her keyboard lessons. Vroom vroom!

  13. Monique Mennerich-Rabanin says

    Walking or riding my bike to the beach with the dog (off leash) in tow! :)

  14. Frances Lundon says

    I remember when I was a little kid and my mum used to plant all these vegetables and I joined in once and lets just say it didn’t turn out to good. I was digging a hole and I was flicking it everywhere on me and I got really dirty and I had the best time.

  15. Cheryl Dyer says