At this incredibly unique and difficult time, one small ray of sunshine we’ve had is exactly that: the glorious weather we’ve had since lockdown began. I’ve never been so thankful for the place I live in and the fact that we’re fortunate enough to have a (small) garden. I don’t know about you, but with little else to do our attention has been turned to small home improvements, and the garden is one of our priorities. To ensure it’s family-friendly, we’ve been brainstorming toddler garden ideas, and other ways to create a fun outside space for all of us to enjoy.
But how to create the perfect family garden? We’ve been asking ourselves precisely what constitutes perfect for us…
Toddler Garden Ideas to Create the Perfect Family Space
Firstly, in order to house all our requirements, the garden should be a good size. But not too big.
The point of a garden is to enjoy being outdoors as a family – not to lose one parent to maintenance every weekend throughout the summer!
And unless you choose artificial turf (which I believe is becoming a popular choice actually) then even just regularly cutting the lawn is a basic necessity. (In our house that’s daddy’s role – because I’m mortified to confess I’ve never cut the lawn in my life! But by no means should that be representative of every family – I want my girls to grow up able to do everything for themselves.)
2. Herb Garden / Vegetable Patch
Which brings us nicely onto ensuring our little ones have a place to dig and plant and grow. I want my girls to get their hands dirty and immerse themselves in nature. I want them to understand how things flourish – or indeed wilt – and what impact their care or neglect has.
It’s a powerful lesson and a relaxed means of teaching responsibility to young children.
3. Include a Small Plot For the Children
As an extension of the previous point, I’d love to have the space to give the children their very own plot, in which they can take the skills we have (by which I mean daddy has) taught, and apply them. I like to think we’ll be offering them an opportunity to learn and accomplish from a young age, but also to be creative and inspired.
4. Dedicated Play Area
Of course, gardens are also for having fun! A play area where kicking a ball is allowed is essential. Kids must be allowed to be kids.
5. Dedicated Seating Area
The other garden must-have is a place to kick back and relax with a glass of wine. In a hammock perhaps? Which, if we’re in our new home long enough, may be on the cards one day faaaaaar into the future… Because let’s face it – relaxation is definitely wishful thinking for the foreseeable!
Nonetheless, in my mind’s eye it’s the quintessential family picture.
(Yes, alcohol features in my quintessential family moment; and what?).
6. Flowers to Encourage Wildlife
Beside the swing chair in our current garden we have some beautiful flowers (I’m not green-fingered, so excuse the lack of knowledge when it comes to
Latin any names, but they’re purple). They smell divine – but most importantly for us when we were picking them out at the garden centre – they attract bees and butterflies!
We love the idea of having a draw for creatures that will hopefully mesmerise the girls, and actually I love having them in the garden too. (Wasps on the other hand are about as welcome in our garden as spiders are in our house.)
So those are some the ways we’ll design our outdoor space to be suitable for the whole family, including some fun toddler garden ideas. That’s the perfect family garden according to the Tunstalls; what would you do differently?