Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Sensory Garden with Kids

fall sensory gardening with kids

As we started to clean up our spring/summer sensory garden and ready it for the fall and winter months coming, it occurred to me that we could make a fall sensory garden just as we had at the start of spring.  Of course the plants and some elements would change, but wouldn't it make a nice place to relax this fall.

fall garden ideas

Sight
  • bright colored mums
  • pansies and violas
  • ornamental kale
  • carrots, onions, garlic, beets, radishes
  • pumpkins and gourds
  • twinkle lights and lanterns for early sunsets
  • bird feeders
  • harvest baskets
  • garden art elements
  • consider planting bulbs for spring
fall garden ideas

Hearing
  • listen for rustling leaves and bird calls
  • wind chimes (we changed our light, tinkly sounding ones for ones that make a deeper, richer sound)
  • small water fountain
fall sensory garden ideas

Touch
  • Indian corn
  • plants like celosia have an interesting texture.
  • ornamental gourds
  • fuzzy blankets
  • soft pillows
  • smooth river rocks
gardening with kids

Smell
  • mums (although I don't care for their scent, they do have a strong, unique scent)
  • herbs
gardening with kids

Taste
  • plant cool weather vegetables like carrots, greens, swiss chard, radishes, garlic, onions
  • some herbs like rosemary, cilantro, oregano, sage

fall gardening with kids

Ways to use your Sensory Garden
  • talk about the change in seasons and how the garden changes
  • watch for birds coming to feed
  • make dinner together using the herbs and veggies from the area
  • make a flower arrangement for the table
  • do homework 
  • read a great book silently or together
  • have a tea party (cinnamon spice tea with sliced apples is yummy)
  • play board games 
  • use it to inspire writing or art

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7 comments :

Natalie F said...

Your fall garden looks very inviting. We also did some fall gardening and hoping for the best for our lettuce - it is apparently well liked by slugs and cats alike. How do you protect your plants against pests?

Angela said...

Great! I love this idea. Thank you for the inspiration. I have been thinking of doing something similar and this post really motivated me! Come by for a visit if you have a chance!
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Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

So many textures in fall! Thanks for linking at my Pin Me Party!

Pinkoddy said...

Love how you have tied in the senses to your fall garden

Anna @ The Measured Mom said...

What a beautiful, peaceful idea! I wish I could grab a book and read it there right now :)

Cassi said...

Love your ideas for all the senses, I'll be featuring this on The Crafty Crow soon!

Kelly said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Thank you Cassi, the Crafty Crow is one of my favorite blogs.