Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sensory Gardening with Children 2013

Sensory garden, how to make a sensory garden

We started our sensory garden, a garden to engage all our senses, this past week.  We started by visiting a couple of small nurseries to look for interesting herbs and another garden center for flowers and other plants.  

Our plants for taste and smell
grapefruit mint
sweet red basil
yellow tomatoes
French lavender (smell only)
marigolds (smell only)
roses (smell only)

sensory gardening with kids, gardening with kids

We don't have much room or sun for vegetables, but we can plant container tomatoes or peppers.  If you have an area for vegetables, it would certainly add to the garden.  

For touch
comfortable seating
smooth river rocks
soft plants, like lambs ear and cockscomb
sensory garden
For sound
small water fountain
small garden pond fountain
wind chimes
sensory garden

For Sight
Colorful flowers and plants with interesting leaves like variegated hostas, caladiums, elephants ears make the garden beautiful to look at, but don't forget to use attractive garden art, pots and containers, lighting, and perhaps bird feeders/hummingbird feeders as well.

sensory gardening with kids

Aside from being a place to relax, play, eat, and create in, here  are some ideas of how we've used our sensory garden in the past.

herb infused water
mojito recipe
Mojitos made with mint from our sensory garden.
mint and lime paletas recipe
Paletas made with mint from our sensory garden.

caprese salad
Caprese salad made with basil from our sensory garden.

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making soap with kids
Homemade soap with lavender from our sensory garden.

raise swallowtail caterpillars
We found these swallowtail caterpillars eating our parsley plants and raised and released them as butterflies.
gardening with children

We celebrated our garden planting with a little impromptu garden picnic you can see here.

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Phyllis said...

Oh, can I come be one of your children? What a happy childhood they have! I thought of you and your sensory gardens when we bought plants for our gardens and we bought some interesting mint and basil plants. This is a lovely post full of wonderful ideas.

momandkiddo said...

I love this! I also love how many different kinds of mint there are. Ever year we grow mints like ginger mint and apple mint to keep things extra-interesting.

HannahW said...

What a wonderful idea!!! Please (begging yes!) come link this up to our Eco Kids Tuesday.. tmorrow!

MommytheTeacher said...

Oh my goodness...all of my senses are being affected by just reading about your sensory garden. beautiful idea. Our garden isn't doing to well right now. I think it was our soil. We will most likely start over before it gets too late.

JShelby said...

love it! Have you ever had a 'sensitive plant'? It curls up when you touch it and fascinates kids to no end!

Unknown said...

Lovely garden and ideas. I'm featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this week.

Carrie said...

What wonderful garden ideas!! I love it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Rebecca English said...

I love the focus on sensory plants. Bet it smells wonderful.

I've included this in my Sunday Showcase features:

HannahW said...

So glad you shared this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope to see you again today!

Unknown said...

Wonderful post - I really like how you introduced such a variety of herbs. We grow basil and rosemary but I really want to try a few new herbs now! Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore Gardening with Kids - we are highlighting your post in our feature today :)