Sports & Outdoor Play

Tips To Encourage Your Kids to Play in the Garden


Toys that encourage your children to play in the garden reveal so many natural mysteries. They also benefit your child physically as well as mentally. And who knows, you may be forming the foundation and the love of gardening which creates a future master gardener. If you want to instill a love of nature that includes physical exercise, gardening toys for your kids are great way to go.


There are small toy gardening tool sets for toddlers, and durable gardening tool packages for older children. When the weather turns nasty outside, why not teach your child the joys of gardening indoors? There are several indoor gardening kits from companies like Green Toys that include seeds of hardy plants which enjoy an indoor atmosphere.


Children's gardening gloves are available in assorted colors, sizes and textures, and the responsible kids toy manufacturer Melissa and Doug has several toy gardening sets and totes perfectly designed for small hands.


Through online retailers like Amazon, fairy garden starter kits and miniature toy bridges and figurines will draw your fantasy minded child straight to the garden on a daily basis. There are also several applications for kids tablets and smartphones that promote gardening activities while teaching about the natural plant growing process.


Children love imitating their parents' actions. So why not purchase a durable toy wheelbarrow so your little ones can help you out in the garden? This also teaches responsibility, as you can assign them delivery chores with their wheelbarrow that they can handle on their own.


Disney and other popular companies your child is familiar with have released lines of garden trowels, rakes and water sprayers. You can use these simple gardening tools to teach your children the responsibility required to plant, maintain and grow bushes, plants and flowers.


And for toddlers, companies like Little Tikes make gardening tables with toy flowers and complete gardening tool sets for indoor or outdoor play. There are even working weed trimmers and edgers for older children that help them maintain the beauty of your home garden.


What could be more simple than a plastic watering can to encourage your child to spend more time in the garden? All kids love to play in water, and when you explain how bushes, plants and flowers use water to grow healthy, this simple child's toy becomes a powerful educational device.


There are many toys which encourage your children to play in the garden. Introducing your child to just a few of the choices listed above will help create an appreciation of nature and the great outdoors, while giving your child valuable fresh air exercise at the same time.


 The Best Possible Play for Child Development

 There are many different types of play that can be used to encourage a child’s development, and while some are more beneficial than others, there is no doubting the effectiveness of sensory play. Sensory play involves play that utilizes a child’s senses; sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. While all types of play require the use of different senses, sensory play is specifically intended to use specific senses in order to encourage development. Most commonly, sensory play involves sand play and water play.

 Playing with sand and water is of huge benefit to children. Not only does it encourage their sensory development, it is also remarkably therapeutic. Studies have shown that sand and water play is incredibly effective for dealing with children with anxiety disorders. The smooth feeling of simply letting sand or water flow through their hand can be particularly soothing for anxious children.

 In this way, sand and water play is a fantastic way of encouraging children to relax. By teaching them of mindfulness, children can learn to calm themselves and achieve a state of peacefulness. This is a vital skill for young children to learn. For children with emotional or behavioral issues, sand and water play can assist them to self-regulate their emotions and actions. As children get older, the ability to regulate their own emotions becomes increasingly important, and learning it from a young age will help their social development immensely.

 However, sand play and water play is not all about emotional development and control. It can also involve more investigative and hands on play. Simple games like hiding an object in the sand or under the water and asking the child to guess what the object is by feel alone are excellent sensory learning tools. Encouraging children to identify objects by touch is great for learning about shapes and textures, while simple games like filling a glass or bucket teaches basic mathematical concepts.

Sand play and water play is also a great way to introduce group play to children. By its very nature, sand and water play is relaxing, and children can learn to play in close proximity to each other. The sand box or water pool should be fixed in position so children must stay together if they wish to play. Similarly, this fixed location allows you to introduce a play area outside of which sand or water cannot leave. In this way, children learn about sweeping up escaped sand or drying wet floors from drips. In this way, sand and water play activities help to teach children about responsibility, and the consequences of their actions.