Good morning! Here we are on our final day of “Garden Week”! I do love these themed weeks of blogging and “Garden Week” has been no exception! Today I have some fun ideas for creating a kid-friendly garden. We are still in the process of finishing our garden area and have a few more things from this list to implement. I can’t wait until everything is finished…then again I have a feeling our garden will continue to evolve every year as I learn more about gardening and our children grow up!
1. Choose safe plants
The most important part to creating a kid-friendly garden is choosing plants that are safe and non-toxic. You don’t want to be worrying about your child accidentally eating or touching a plant that could make them ill. Check out this post from earlier this week with the websites I found helpful for determining which plants are safe and which ones can be dangerous.
2. Create a list of your plants
Creating a list of the plants in your yard and home can be a great resource. You can download this free printable I created for myself to use. This way you know exactly what is in your yard and are prepared for any possible accidents! Plants have varying degrees of toxicity and it helps to have this information in a handy place to avoid frantic searches online!
3. Choose fun and playful plants
While choosing safe and non-toxic plants is important, it is also worthwhile to incorporate some fun and playful plants that will interest your children. Fun looking flowers like balloon flowers and turtleheads or nice smelling flowers like lavender are fun additions to a garden – and are also non-toxic!
3. Add fun name markers for your plants
4. Have kid-friendly paths
Creating paths welcomes kids into the garden and makes it more accessible to them. If using stepping stones, place them close together making it easier for kids to walk on. Stepping stone paths are also a great opportunity to add color and personality to your garden – and its a project your kids can help with!
5. Add critter friendly homes
Gardens are great places for kids to see bugs, birds, butterflies, toads, and all sorts of little critters they will find fascinating. Adding bird feeders, butterfly feeders, and worm and toad houses can encourage these fun little critters to visit your garden and give kids something to check on daily!
6. Designate an area for the kids to grow their own plants
Setting aside a small area in your yard or garden where kids can grow their own flowers or vegetables will help make them feel included. Bugaboo constantly wants to help us while we are weeding or transplanting but sometimes his helping is overzealous! Kids will enjoy having a little area of their own where they can see things grow and be in charge of watering them. Choose quick growing plants like sunflowers or bean plants for really young kids so they stay interested! Visit The Imagination Tree for wonderful tips on how to create a garden for your kids – I can’t wait to make one for Bugaboo!
You really can’t beat fresh air and outdoor playtime! For many kids their imagination is all they need to spend hours outside. Adding a few touches to your garden can help inspire creative play and keep your kids interested and outside for longer! Build a Mini Racetrack in your yard with a tutorial from Shelveit, or make your own tic-tac-toe board and hopscotch garden path!
8. Provide them with their own garden tools
Whenever we try to garden, Bugaboo is right on top of us trying to use the shovel or rake in our hands. We finally got him his own set of tools and he has loved digging in the dirt and “gardening” right along with us!
9. Create a secret hideout nearby!
Tree houses, forts, and secret hideouts are just plain awesome. Help your child create one and watch their imagination go wild. Bugaboo found a large rock one day in our pine trees and this has now turned into his “rock place”. It’s a secret hideout he loves to go and play in and it’s close enough to our garden so we can keep an eye on him. While his “rock place” is not as elaborate as the beautiful fort above, it’s perfect for him!
10. Create a place to sit!
One of the best parts about a garden is sitting and enjoying the scenery! Not many kids – especially toddlers – want to sit for long, but having a nice place to sit and eat a snack can be nice. A chance to look around and ask “what was that” every time a bee buzzes by or a cricket chirps.
I hope these 10 ways to create a kid-friendly garden help inspire you and I hope you have enjoyed Garden Week as much as I have! Thanks for visiting BugabooCity – have a wonderful weekend!