15 Ideas for a Children’s Discovery Garden
2. Sensory table with shade. If you have preschoolers, you’ve probably spotted a sensory table at your child’s school — these kid-height tables are meant to be filled with water, sand or other materials (like dry beans) that kids will enjoy sticking their little hands into. Place the table in a shady area or use an umbrella to protect little ones from the sun as they play. On hot days try placing big chunks of ice colored with food coloring in the water table and let kids play with it as it melts.
5. Butterfly garden. Enchant children by attracting caterpillars and butterflies to your yard by planting milkweed, purple coneflower and other butterfly-friendly plants.
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If you do want to keep the grass, think about how much lawn your kids really use — a small patch may be fine, leaving more room for other creative elements like water, sand and edibles.
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8. Truck play zone. Any blank area in the garden can be quite easily turned into a “work zone” for toy trucks; simply leave a patch of dirt bare and plunk down some trucks and digging tools.
Stock an area nearby with kid-size watering cans and make clearly marked paths so kids know where to walk (and where not to).
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