Children prefer to play in the garden, but they also like to help with work. You can find out what you can expect from the little ones and tips for the play area here.
The fact that a garden, if it is run as a pure utility garden, can definitely be seen as a source of self-sufficiency has been mentioned several times in our various articles. For most garden owners, the little piece of green is a mixture of relaxation and work, the latter often being used to switch off from the actual job and the associated everyday stress.
Families usually have clear ideas about what the garden should look like, what will be planted where and where the grill should be. Before you know it, every square meter is occupied and the little ones are neglected. Children like to be in the garden, especially so-called “city children”, who otherwise don't see too much of nature. However, the ideas of offspring and parents do not always match. If you are redesigning your garden or making changes, you should not forget the children when designing the garden. The tips below reveal what is feasible and what you can score with the little ones.
Tip 1: Assign tasks to children
Gardening is not child labor! By the way, the little ones are happy to help, according to their age. You just have to leave them and the garden something for that prepare, The magazine elternwissen.com is even of the opinion that gardening promotes the senses of the child, a thesis that I can only agree with.
Jobs for the little ones
Let even the little ones participate in what you do in the garden. For example, give them the task of sprinkling the seeds for radishes, parsley or flowers. The adults prefer the rows and determine the spacing at which to sow. You will see that even three-year-olds quickly understand and enjoy it.
Responsibility for the medium-sized
It can be a bit more demanding for 6 to 12 year old children. You can entrust your own piece of garden directly to them. Either you divide up a small area or you consider buying a raised bed. No joke, the "wonder boxes" are now also available in child-friendly size or height, for example at gfp-international.com, the gardening and leisure professional. Having personal responsibility makes children proud and awakens the ambition that something will grow later in “their” garden.
Create incentives for big ones
You can't pluck teenagers with weeds or rake leaves. You can quickly get enthusiastic about technical gadgets. Boys are therefore welcome to mow the lawn, while the girls use the rose pruners to prune dry branches. Of course, these tasks can also be distributed the other way around, gardening is not gender-dependent. 😉 To increase the incentive a little, a small fee may be promised for longer-term tasks, such as painting the garden fence.
Tip 2: create a little play paradise in the garden
Children are primarily children, I mean to say they prefer to do one thing and that is playing. Therefore, a spot to let off steam should always be planned in the garden. Depending on the available space, you will certainly have to cut corners here. But even in the smallest garden there is an opportunity to give the children a leeway.
Sandpit vs. mud pit
I don't think I've ever seen a family garden without a sandpit. Somehow the bottle box is one of the first purchases ever. This is by no means wrong and is particularly suitable for small children. You can offer something more to preschool and older children, namely a mud pit. That may sound like a mess and a washing machine running all the time, but the kids will like it. They don't just wallow in the dirt, they let their imaginations run wild. This creates “ultra-modern” sewers, from which valuable stones, earthworms and beetles are extracted.
The simplest swing in the world
Swings, seesaws, climbing frames, all of these can be bought today for a lot of money in the hardware store, which can also be saved. If there are trees in your garden whose trunks have an adequate thickness, then these are practically the cornerstones of your personal children's swing.
And because we are in the process of playing with natural materials: a tree trunk lying on the floor is a perfect balancing pole. Different ropes hung in the trees are the alternative to the climbing frame. 😉
For hot days: paddling pool or garden hose
When the weather is nice, kill two birds with one stone: You can enjoy the sun on the terrace while your children splash around extensively. Inflatable swimming pools are almost thrown at the beginning of the season. The purchase, i.e. the size, should, however, correspond to the number of children and their age. When installing in the garden, be sure to examine the ground. The surface must be largely smooth and free of small stones or sticks, otherwise holes will immediately press into the tarpaulin.
What the swimming pool is for the little ones is the garden hose for the big ones. This can be easily converted into a water spraying machine. What is actually used for watering the lawn can also be used as a playground device. Children love so-called sprinkling systems that are connected to a garden hose. Hoping around underneath or trying to escape the water jet is so much fun for children, as demonstrated by the many bright children's eyes. Set up the plant far enough away from the beds so that nothing is flooded; waterlogging is a rarity for plants.