5 Easy Garden Elements to
add to any Outdoor Classroom
A Baby Step Garden Challenge
Do you ever get overwhelmed when you look at your outdoor space and think, “Where do I start? How can I make this outdoor space more interesting, creative and filled with outdoor learning stations?” I began asking myself these question upon looking at my own outdoor space. Therefore, this week I challenged myself to add one new thing to my Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab each day.
Taking baby steps and creating a challenge was a great exercise to get me thinking differently about my existing outdoor areas. One of my neighbors commented, “This is beautiful, there is something to look at in every corner.” Music to my ears! My goal is to create wonder, elements of surprise and a touch of whimsy to peek the children’s interest in learning in your Outdoors?
This was a tough week for me in many ways. Therefore, it was especially comforting to be taking this baby step garden challenge. It brought instant results and was totally gratifying. Here is a peek of my week.
Day One: Monday: Create a Miniature Garden
There are a million and one ways to create miniature gardens. My miniature garden is in a bird feeder. Adding different things to the miniature garden keeps the garden alive. Today, I added a little ladder, house, and sign.
Day Two: Tuesday: Add Plants & Signs
I have taken delight in adding some new festive Fall plants to several different gardens. I have put some of these plants in pots instead of planting them in the ground and love the way it looks. This year, I have gone with a variety of sedums and grasses. I found this beauty too!
Day Three: Wednesday: Feed the Birds
I love watching the birds that visit our feeders. I am exploring different bird seed and how that attracts the different variety of birds.
Day Four: Thursday: Mulch Gardens with Newspaper
This year I am trying something new! I am adding old boxes to help compost my garden. I have an area that is in the midst of transformation and has terrible soil. I put cardboard from the old boxes on top of weeds. I will put compost on top. This winter the worms will eventually eat through the box, making wonderful new soil. Can’t wait!
Day Five: Friday:Prepare for Mud Kitchen Play
There are a million and one ways to create Mud Kitchens. Today I found some great bowls, measuring cups, spoons, and strainers at the dollar store to get ready for some Mud Kitchen Play! Now I just need to make a recipe book, add natural materials, mud, and water. Whoola! Math Outdoors!
Do you want to try the Baby Step Garden Challenge? Survey your outdoor space and brainstorm ideas. Choose 5 things you would like to add. Share your ideas below! We want to hear from you.