How many hours a day do your little ones spend outside? New data has shown has shown that about three-quarters of children in the UK spend less than an hour outdoors daily.
Gardens are a perfect place to engage your child in imaginative play in nature. Designing a child-friendly garden doesn’t have to require a full landscaping team. Here are some fantastic, easy-to-implement ideas to get you started.
Include A Unique Feature
A quick way to spark some creativity in the garden is to add a little feature that encourages interaction. This feature could be a little statue of an animal your little one loves or an ornamental outdoor water fountain for them to practice tossing coins into and making wishes. Or how about a little make-believe mailbox or a fairy house?
Children love to grant objects human personalities, and a figurine could invite them to step into a land of pretend. Psychologists find that make-believe play has many benefits and so does playing outside. This is a win-win.
Make A Little Maze
Instead of digging the rows of your garden in straight lines, add in a fun activity by designing a maze instead. Depending on your child’s age, you can ask him or her to help with the design planning, or simply have fun exploring it once it is created. This little adventure will make your child feel that a garden is a place for adventures.
Accessible And Safe
Make your garden a fun place for your child to spend time by removing any objects with sharp edges. The sides of a raised garden bed should be small enough that a child can easily handle the plants inside. Give your kids a small version of a few gardening tools so that they can help you tend to the plants.
When it comes to garden design, most of us adults are efficient in nature. We think about pairing the right plants together and leaving space between rows so that we don’t crush anything when we weed. To design a child-friendly garden, you need to start thinking like a kid. Use your imagination and create a space that encourages play, make-believe, and adventure.
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