Kids love doing projects with their parents. This vine tee-pee is made with branches and a quick-growing annual vine. Kids like to hide inside.

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Ideas for Kid's Gardens

Children love to play outside and can also learn a lot in a safe and enriching garden.

  • Know which plants are dangerous & teach your children to respect them
  • Use tough plants that can take children’s abuse and trampling
  • Include fruit and/or vegetable plants
  • Provide structures & trees for climbing, and dirt to dig in
  • Include water that children can play with
  • Invite birds, butterflies and wildlife into your yard
  • Encourage a ‘kids-only’ refuge, fort or hiding place
  • Give children a small area to grow their own flowers and vegetables, expect imperfection
  • Encourage physical activity with swings, circular paths for big wheels and lawn for games
  • Encourage make-believe with odd or unusual plants, materials, and decorations
  • Participate in the garden with your children, encourage their interest
  • Locate play structures to be visible from important windows for parental supervision

Two good books:

  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • A Child's Garden by Molly Dannemaier
 

Additional images

Children are fascinated with weird plants like this

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)

Kids love water of all kinds as well as found objects like the

rocks here

Whimsical garden decorations can encourage make-believe

 

Many common yard plants like this azalea are poisonous

if eaten

Insects and other wildlife are fun to look for and watch

 

Children will climb on almost anything available but

trees are definitely preferred