Homeschooling? Take the classroom outside with these 8 educational buys

These garden toys, games and kits will be sure to keep little ones entertained and educated while you are homeschooling – rain or shine

Plum Discovery Create and Paint Easel in garden
(Image credit: Plum)

Teaching your kids from home? Struggling to do so and make time to get some fresh air? Why not do both, at the same time? We've discovered a range of helpful buys to bring the classroom outside in Lockdown 3.0 – the kids will love it!

Whatever class they are in or age they are, these garden buys will keep them busy for the day while keeping their brain stimulated. And, they should give you some time to finally have a hot cuppa. 

From a garden potions kit to sensory play cards, a sports day set and even a sandpit, here are eight top buys for homeschooling, if you want to take things outside. Don't miss our garden ideas for kids for even more outdoor inspiration too. Time to get their wellies on...

1. Buy this card game for sensory garden play

gofindit too

(Image credit: gofindit)

2. Bring Sports Day home with help from this kit – complete with a spoon and egg, bean bags and more

KreativeKraft Sports Day Kit

(Image credit: KreativeKraft)

3. Buy them a small trampoline and pass it off as PE – it is exercise!

Chad Valley My First 4ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline & Enclosure

(Image credit: Chad Valley)

4. Check out this potion making kit and get mixing with petals, leaves, grass and soil from your garden

The Den Kit Company The Portable Potion Making Kit

(Image credit: The Den Kit Company)

5. Invest in a sandpit and leave them to build their kingdom

TP Wooden Lidded Sandpit - FSC

(Image credit: TP Toys)

6. Buy this wooden easel and encourage them to create masterpieces

Plum Discovery Create and Paint Easel

(Image credit: Plum)

7. Get the giant chalk out for a pavement lesson

Eberhard Street Chalk in a Bucket

(Image credit: Eberhard)

8. Buy a mud kitchen for your garden so they can cook up a storm(y mess)

WoodyCraftWakefield Mud Kitchen

(Image credit: WoodyCraftWakefield)

For after (home)school fun...

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Gardeningetc. With her shopping expertise influencing readers across the titles of Real Homes, Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, and Woman & Home, Annie is always in the know of everything you need to buy for your outdoor space. She's on hand to inform avid gardeners when to buy whatever they are after — and from where. Annie's team cover shopping edits, buying guides, and gift guides on Gardeningetc, from striking outdoor lighting to pretty and practical bird feeders, or even a gift for a friend or family member who loves to garden — they cover it all. When she's at home, Annie is forever brainstorming ways to maximize space out on her delightfully private, yet teeny-tiny, London terrace. With her Pug, Doug, to entertain outdoors and a penchant for sitting outside and catching the sun, this job is proving itself to be never-ending. She's changed her mind many times when it comes to decorating this space, having made her own pallet garden furniture but now, settling for a gorgeous bamboo set from Argos. This year, she's hoping to entice bees and other insects into her garden by filling the sizeable walled planter that stretches from one end of her terrace to the other, with wildflowers and more. Otherwise, next on her to-buy list is a luxury fire pit for keeping warm in the guaranteed British summertime breeze.


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