Creating A Sensory Garden For Your Child’s Development


Creating A Sensory Garden For Your Child’s Development

With children all over the world getting increasingly dependent—and addicted—to gadgets and technology, a growing movement in New Zealand is now enabling children to enjoy the great outdoors with as much freedom as possible. It appears that mobile phones, television, and other gadgets are not the only reasons why fewer children are heading outside to play. Parents’ fears for the safety of their children are also causing kids to spend more time indoors than what’s healthy for them. For their overall development, the Ministry of Health recommends that young children should have no more than an hour of screen time each day and that they should move regularly throughout the day. To encourage your child to play more, why not create a sensory garden in your outdoor space?

A sensory garden not only enables a child to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but it also helps to promote brain development. By adding the right plants, decorative elements, and other extras, you can have a space that will be beneficial for your little one. Here’s how to create a sensory garden in your backyard.

Choose the right plants

When choosing plants for a sensory garden, the first thing that you have to ensure is that they’re colourful, soft to the touch, and safe for little ones—you’ll never know when your tiny tot decides to chew on a leaf or two. Roses or any plants with sharp thorns or spiky leaves are out as these can cause potential injuries. Herbs like mint and basil are perfectly fine, and you can even encourage your kids to smell or taste these while they’re in the garden. Meanwhile, colourful blooms such as sunflowers, clematis, and hyacinth are a welcome addition to any garden and are a treat for the eyes.

Add elements to stimulate your child’s senses

The right decorative elements can stimulate your child’s senses. Adding an outdoor wall water fountain to your garden allows your child to be soothed by the sound of running water. Meanwhile, laying down real or artificial turf gives your little one a soft place to sit or crawl. Wind chimes and colourful paper lanterns can also enhance your outdoor space and these things are sure to stimulate your child’s sense of hearing and sight.

Consider having other natural elements in the garden

Sure, you can place rocks in the garden or create a sand pit for your child to play in, but to give your outdoor space something extra special, consider placing a few crystals in your sensory garden. Crystals have long been used as a means of healing or protection, so it wouldn’t hurt to have a few in your garden. Baltic or Dominican amber is believed to reduce pain, while citrine energizes and gets rid of negative energy. Meanwhile, quartz crystal can promote healing and helps to calm the mind.

An optimal space to play in can be one of the best things that children can have for their happiness and development. Try creating a sensory garden for your little one and see how it benefits your child in many ways.