Having a garden isn't just for display. It is a great way to have a play or fun area for your kids too! Make sure your garden is safe for kids by making small but significant improvements that can also increase your home value overtime. Read on to learn more.
Make the Garden Interactive
The first thing that you need to understand is that a garden space for children doesn't need to be perfect. Kids would want to make a mess out on things and that's okay. That's how they will learn. You would want them to know how to care for the plants by letting them experience on how to plant and grow them. You don't need to use the whole lawn. You can allot a small area where they can play and have fun. Let them discover and observe.
Provide Sensory Experiences
Create an area where they can safely explore. Use plants that can stimulate their senses-- their smell, touch, and feel. Plant different kinds of flowers and leaves, in different colors and textures.
A few plants that are fun for kids include:
- Sunflowers – Seedlings will sprout and grow quickly, producing large flowers and edible seeds.
- Snap Peas – An early season vegetable that grows easily and can be picked and eaten right off the vine.
- Cherry Tomatoes – Can be grown in a container and are fun to pick and eat.
- Mint – Provides multiple sensory experiences – texture, taste and smell – but should be planted in a container to prevent spreading.
- Lamb's Ears – A popular ornamental plant for children because of its thick and very soft, almost fuzzy leaves.
- Cosmos – Planting these or other easy-to-grow flowers will allow your kids to create bouquets, and they attract butterflies.
Reminder: Avoid poisonous and thorny plants. Don't hesitate to ask an expert to give you a list of what not to plant in your garden.
Helping your kids create labels for their garden plants, either written or with pictures, is a creative way to help them keep track of what is planted where. You can buy blank garden markers to decorate or make your own with chalkboard paint, scrap wood, laminated paper, or whatever materials will work best for your garden.
Have Fun While Learning
Let them have fun. Gardening is a therapeutic not only for adults but it is a great constructive learning for kids too. Encourage them that it's okay to just have fun and learn all about flowers and plants. Teach them the responsibility of growing and taking care of them. Help them understand that patience is important, how to begin again when something goes wrong, and the like.
Spark Your Kids' Imagination
Make an effort to turn their garden space into a magical world for them! Add a tree house or maybe a small nook with twigs that can be a "home for fairies." You can make it look like they have a little forest, a safe haven with their imagined characters and/or friends. These things can help them get excited about planting and exploring.
By giving your child his own garden bed or container, you can help him explore his environment, build skills and confidence, and - perhaps most importantly - have fun! Being in the real estate industry for so many years now, I'd be happy to share with you my professional thoughts about this matter. Don't hesitate to contact me today!
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