Say goodbye to summer boredom with this brilliant backyard project.
You’re probably familiar with fairy gardens and maybe even mermaid gardens, the imaginative, miniature plantscapes filled with cute little houses, ponds, and other Tinker Bell-inspired accessories. They’re a lot of fun to create, especially for kids, but some parents recently realized that their little ones (particularly boys) who weren’t so into fairies and mermaids were missing out—so they’ve come up with a clever idea to encourage all kids to love gardening.
Dinosaur parks” are the perfect way to get your boys (and tomboys!) involved with growing and caring for plants this summer. Bond by creating one together, then use it to keep ’em occupied while you spend time in your garden this season.
The teeny garden will require upkeep, thereby giving your kids the chance to learn about plants—plus, watering their garden might be one chore they actually look forward to doing.
The only rule is that there are no rules! Once you choose a planter—try a repurposed tire, barrel, or sink—you can fill it with just about anything you already have at home. You can also customize the garden to your child’s interests by letting their favorite toys inspire the landscape. For instance, if your kiddo love trucks, craft a teeny construction site; if he love cars, build a mini rock garden with a racetrack.