Despite our outdoor area being small, we do have space for pots, and as our son adores spending time in the garden (check out a previous post full of kids gardening ideas here: Gardening Magic!); one fine afternoon I decided it would be fun to give it a little makeover.
My plan was clear: I was only interested in quick, easy, and cheap ideas, which would encourage our son to spend time outdoors exploring, interacting, enjoying a variety of sensory materials, and using his imagination! I hope you enjoy this snapshot of our ever evolving tiny outdoor kids’ play space!
Firstly, we made a quick trip to our local garden shop and stocked up on a few basics: fresh, kid-friendly, top soil; mulch, herbs, tomatoes, and several fun accessories…
Then it was simply a matter of making each pot inviting!
Herbs grow quickly, can be pulled apart for kids’ outdoor cooking, and smell great!
Young B and I couldn’t resist these cute little gnomes to sit in a large ‘digging pot’ with some basil (which has since grown beautifully wild!), and a little rake and shovel. He wanted them to be little footballers, and was quick to find a small rock to be their football. I was wrapped – this took about two minutes to prepare, and already, the imaginative scenes were flowing!
The characters poked randomly in the pots have been a huge hit – they are like the puppets of the garden, and have inspired lots of fun stories and adventures! I may have gone a little ‘rock crazy’ – but honestly, this kiddo of ours LOVES rocks, and plays with these cool loose parts with such excitement! To him – they are actually treasures! It was so easy (and fun) pouring a few bags of rocks into the pots – different shapes, colours, sizes…
OK, I may have had a little too much fun creating a pot for our wizard (of Oz) … complete with an ‘Emerald City’ and ‘Yellow Brick Road’…
… and our ‘Fence-line Brick Road‘ from some time ago is still going strong…
Succulents are definite winners in kids’ gardens, as they seem to be quite hardy and survive with even the smallest amount of water.
Our ‘Dinosaur Small World in a Pot‘ is also still played with a lot – so that pot pretty much remained unchanged.
A little rock pool made from a recycled (unused) baby bath and a bag of pretty rocks has been great fun – and also a little ‘Zen’, as they are a bit hypnotic swished around in the water, gently ‘clinking’… until the tipper trucks and diggers arrive on the scene!
Pine cones collected from local walks, tan bark (wood chips) and random figurines were added, and before long, all manner of dishes were being cooked, and the animals/insects were jumping about all over the place…
Weeks on, as the tomatoes started appearing, and the herbs started filling the pots, ‘Totoro’ could still be found having a quiet, independent, and happy potter about outside… and that spells success in my mind! – Nothing fancy, no special skills required, super quick and easy, yet engaging!
I’d love to hear how you may have enticed children to play in and around garden pots!
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