Recently, I came across a wonderful post at Let The Children Play entitled10 reasons why we should let children play in the mud. Apparently playing in mud can make you happier and smarter? That post brought back some lovely childhood memories of sitting in the mud, making bridges over puddles and it propelled me into action. For some time I have coveted The Imagination Tree's Play Garden and have been itching to make Miss 2 her very own garden patch. This week, we got to work and with
The buffalo grass in our backyard is fast growing and aggressive and would quickly overgrow a garden patch that is not protected by a sturdy boundary. Daddy pulled up a 1.8 x 1.8m patch of grass and put some sleepers down for Miss 2's garden border (Thanks Daddy!). I wanted to create a circle in the middle that she could sit and play in so we put a stake in the centre and tied a piece of rope to the base as a measure. The rope helped us create an even circle with bricks. We made an entrance at the front of the garden and Daddy and Miss 2 got straight in there where they began turning the soil around the edge.
Some flowers were planted and since imaginary play is Miss 2's forte, I had some cupcake patty flowers which we made earlier waiting to be 'planted' as well. She has quickly taken responsibility for the garden and waters it promptly every morning while Daddy waters our herbs and veggies.
We have lots planned for this little garden. Tomorrow, we will be planting some sprouts in the holes in the bricks and Miss 2's great grandmother has promised to send flowers home with us whenever we visit. I want to make some more permanent pretend flower stakes and a few more treasures to play with in the dirt over the coming weeks too, so I suppose towards the end of summer you'll be seeing a 'Play garden - Part 2' coming from me.