Remember how much fun it was to play in the garden and get your hands dirty as a child? Sadly, a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that almost half of American preschool kids aren’t getting enough playtime outside – not even a session every day. If you design your garden with your kids in mind, you’ll create a beautiful outdoor space for them to explore the world and have fun in the sun. Here are some ideas to create a safe, kid-friendly garden that you and your children will love.
Create Mini Gardens
Teaching your children how to garden is a vital skill that will teach them patience and respect for the environment. Start small with miniature gardens they can build in containers. They’ll love planting flowers and finding pretty rocks and leaves to decorate their DIY garden. Allow them to think out of the box when choosing a container for these miniature gardens. Items like ice cream containers and old colorful boots can be perfect and lots of fun.
These mini gardens are also a great way to prevent kids from playing around in your flower beds because they’ll have their own. To make gardening more exciting for kids, give them plants that grow easilyto encourage them, such as peas and petunias that are seriously low maintenance.
Hanging chairs and swings in the garden are fun for kids. They don’t take up much space because you can hang them from trees and still plant grass and flowers underneath them. Kids will love relaxing in these chairs. They’re also a great way to score some quality time with the whole family in a relaxed way during beautiful sun-kissed days.
If this seating area is in a secluded part of the garden or on the porch, you can make it extra fun with wall fountains that boost the serenity factor, a barbeque station for Sunday lunches, and chalkboards kids can scribble on. Think of this as your outdoor family fun area.
Upgrade Your Lawn
If you get upset about your grass looking dry and damaged because your kids love to play sports on it, invest in artificial lawn in areas where kids like to play. Avoid paving stones and cement in this area, though, to prevent injuries like grazed knees.
Keep Toxic Flowers Away
Children are curious and might try to touch and taste flowers they see, so it’s essential to keep toxic plants and flowers away. Examples include pokeweed which has poisonous berries and daffodils. Even plants that aren’t poisonous but can cause injuries, such as cacti and roses, should be avoided. It might be a good idea to separate areas of your garden so you have a designated child-friendly region in which your kids can play safely.
Bring The Garden To Life
Although kids won’t share your delight in garden decor trends or expensive items, they’ll definitely be lured by bright, colorful gardens. Fill the garden with lots of colors and attract animals like birds to your garden with bird baths. When the garden is bright and beautiful, kids will yearn to explore this enchanting space.
This is also a great way to get kids away from the TV and into the outdoors. Give children the chance to take pictures of the garden and its animals and insects, or to draw what they see. This is a wonderful opportunity to turn the garden into an educational tool.
The garden can be a great play area for your kids if you design it correctly. By having a space where kids can safely play, learn about the outdoors, and spend quality time with you, their childhood will be enriched and they’ll make memories that will last them a lifetime.