Thursday, June 28

Creating a Child-Friendly Environment: Gardening Tools...



 

I am always on the lookout in odd places for child-sized tools (silverware, brooms, buckets, shovels, etc.) that are sturdy and will stand up to the abuse that little children can give them.  A few months ago we were wandering through Home Depot (surprise!) and noticed that there were some real shovels in just the right size for children .  Fun!  We bought two small ones (about 17 inches) and one in the next size up (about 23 inches).  Though they are small shovels,  I have also found myself using them for various gardening jobs.  They are not just for little ones!  We also found butterfly nets in a bookstore that have lasted for several years.  We use them to catch frogs, butterflies, and insects.  With a watering can, a few buckets, shovels, and nets, we have discovered that our little ones can stay busy for hours. 

I found big old flower pot from our shed and use it to corral all of our gardening tools together and at the ready for my little ones to grab as soon as they need them.  It is so much easier to clean things up at the end of the day with this method, too.  It is nice to see the children reaching for these things over and over again.  They are truly useful items that have allowed our little ones to discover and learn many new things as they wander and play on this bit of earth!

4 comments:

Christine said...

Perfect way to store the kiddy tools.
I want to do that, also.

Mat. Emily said...

I only thought of the pot on a whim, but it has been just right for storing the gardening tool! I hope that you can find something similar!

Tree Pruning Brooklyn said...

This is a great way to get your kids introduced into the environment, how to care for it, and most of all show them the importance of nature and being outside. Its crucial to a child's development

-Carlos Hernandez

frank lopez said...

Thanks for sharing such nice information about gardening tool. keep writing..

frank lopez

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