In a recent article in Parent Time Spring, we have an article 'The Wild West (of Stamford) - by Nikki Squires which included these 5 tips to keep the kids happy when in the great outdoors. Perhaps you can adapt and do these in your garden. Other ideas welcome - please post in the group.
Make a ‘Nature Bracelet’ of masking tape, sticky side out, around their wrist to collect natural gems found along the route.
Scavenger Hunt: give them a list of 10 things to collect along the way: a feather, a seed pod, something rough, something smooth etc.
Pop 5 wrapped sweets into their pocket – it’s their choice when to eat them. Replace with a packet of carrot sticks for young children.
Create a piece of art work with objects found on the forest floor.
Paint various stones before you go and hide them for people to find another day. The #islastones cause is a worthy one to be involved with.