a secret garden for your child
Children love nothing
more than something that is secret, hidden or private. Why
not indulge that by helping them create their own secret garden?
First select an
area of the yard or garden that is just for them. A five foot
square area is enough space to begin their secret garden.
Next, ask where
they want their entrance. They may take in numerous things
into account, such as where a sibling's playhouse or fort
is, or where the house is.
Next, place garden
stakes on all sides, leaving the the entrance open. Then string
some string between the garden stakes. Next, help your child
plant growing vine plants from seats. You might want to use
sweet peas for girls, or peas or beans for boys. And one side,
you might try to grow sunflowers, too (but they won't provide
as much "cover" for the secret garden.
You can also add
containers of plants and flowers inside, if you aren't able
to plant into the ground permanently.
Then you can help
them plant any other flowers within the borders of their secret
garden, or add a stepping stone or two inside the garden.
You can also add a small child-sized chair so they can sit
and enjoy their time in their secret garden.
As the time passes,
the vines will begin to grow, leaving a thin "hedge"
of sorts, perfect for the walls of their secret garden. And
don't forget to remind them to water their plants as well.
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