If you follow the blog then you know we are working hard to make our garden somewhere that the whole family can enjoy. My kids love to be outside – especially Henry – and being able to have a safe space that we can enjoy together is important to us.
So, here are my top tips to build a family friendly garden.
SOMEWHERE TO GROW
Finally, I want our garden to be somewhere that my children can learn. That is currently taking a variety of forms:
- Bug hunts – magnifying glasses at the ready, explore in and around the garden. Under rocks and pots as well as inside bushes to see what it is that you can find.
- Wildflowers – we currently grow everything in our garden in pots and have a few dedicated to wildflowers. Although not a lot may have come up yet, we are looking forward to them taking and watching the bees arrive.
- Grow your own veg – with a little help from our monthly subscription box, we are really enjoying having a little corner of the garden where we (attempt) to grow our own vegetables. The Bear’s at an age where she can understand where food comes from and we are really enjoying growing our own and cooking it together. Getting to eat it though is a whole other struggle.
SOMEWHERE TO EXPLORE THEIR IMAGINATION
Imaginative play is so important for so many skills: social, linguistical, physical and cognative and it’s something that we try our best to encourage. We already have a mud kitchen which the kids adore. It’s something that we (and by ‘we’ I mean my husband) built early last summer and to be fair it’s been played with weekly. We have recently added a sandpit into the mix and we hope to add a giant chalkboard before the end of the summer too.
SOMEWHERE TO EAT
First of all there is nothing better than being able to eat al fresco, especially in the warm summer months. Being able to sit and eat together as a family is once of my favourite things now that the kids are at an age where we can actually all eat the same thing.
Therefore, a garden set is a must. For us it’s one big enough not only for us four, but also to be able to entertain around too. I’ve been browsing through some teak garden furniture designs and already I can see the family summer BBQ’s in our future with great food and even better company.
So, there we have it. My advice as to how to make your garden family friendly: ensure you have somewhere to grow as a family, somewhere to stretch their imaginations and somewhere that you can eat together. What about you? Anything you would add?
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