How To Entertain Children At the Allotment

allotment kids

We have been spending a couple of hours at the allotment every week to get it up to scratch for the growing season.  The only problem with spending time at the allotment is entertaining the boys whilst I try and do work around the plot.

Of course I try and get the boys involved with planting seeds and digging, but when the beds are overgrown and a lot of hard work sometimes you need to keep the children busy doing something out of the way.

So our best ways of keeping the boys occupied at the allotment is:

toy digger dumper

1. Bring along their diggers and dumper to play in the unplanted areas.  Once everything is planted then I might have to dig up a small area for them to play in without destroying the fruit and vegetables!

toddler bug hunting

2. Search for bugs.  Our two year old particularly loves insects, but has a particular love for worms.  He’ll happily stand next to me patiently waiting for me to dig up more worms to look at!

Doddlebags brush

3. Painting. Bring paper and paints, or forget the paper and let them go wild painting the fence, stones and wooden boards.   It will get washed off by the next rain anyway.

4. Scavenger hunt. Depending on the size of your plot you can send the little ones on a scavenger hunt around the plot or around the allotment.  You can easily make your own up with pictures of things to find, smaller ones can look for different coloured things.

5. Nature bracelet. Wrap masking tape, with sticky side facing up,  around their wrist and let them decorate it with any nature finds.

How do you entertain your little ones on the allotment?

J x


  1. April 10, 2016 / 7:01 am

    These are brilliant ideas! We don’t have an allotment at the moment but my girls have finally reached an age where they can just run around outside and keep each other entertained without any input from us. I hope to get a vegetable patch of some description over the next couple of years.

  2. April 10, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Love these ideas – the diggers look like they have found themselves plenty of earth to move, and I love the wild painting idea – later in the year you could make ‘paint’ out of berry juice 🙂

  3. April 10, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Lots of lovely ideas. I really like the idea of making a nature bracelet, I think this would be something that Little Button would have loads of fun doing. It’s really inspiring to see your little ones having fun in your allotment. #HowtoSunday

  4. April 10, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    These are great ideas! I don’t have an allotment but we’ll be doing a lot of work in the garden over the next few weeks and these activities are just brilliant. Thank you! #howtosundays

  5. April 11, 2016 / 5:43 am

    Loves these ideas! I plan to get our garden into shape this year and also plant a few bits. I shall be using some of these methods to keep Finn entertained. Particularly love the idea of looking for bugs and wild painting.

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