Bee and Butterfly gardenRustic Landscape, Surrey
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2. Put the building blocks in place to inspire creative play. Hidden spaces in the garden with places to discover, and a few kid-oriented elements, offer more potential for adventure than a smooth lawn might. Leave some areas a little wild and allow room for kids to build a fort out of fallen branches or create their own secret hideaway. Plenty of natural elements can be repurposed for creative play — such as stumps lined up as a natural obstacle course — and age more attractively in the landscape than plastic toys.
1. Keep it natural. There’s often no need to buy specific items for kids to play with. Use your imagination and create simple play areas out of natural materials, such as these tree stumps, which would make a great obstacle course or seating area. Alternatively, place steppingstones across a lawn, and either leave them plain or paint and decorate them. When you’re chopping or pruning in the garden, don’t throw out the waste immediately. Leave it in a pile for your children to enjoy, or challenge them to make something amazing with it.
14. Who says paths can’t be fun and gardens are not for children? This raised path made of cut logs is a thoughtful way to engage those children who don’t seem to mind an occasional skinned knee. The vertical flower inflorescences add to this garden’s jubilant nature in a way that prostrate ground covers and weeping conifers couldn’t.