How Gardening Can Be Creative Play

Prioritizing Nature-Based Play

Through Outdoor Learning Environments

 

“If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” – Richard Louv, Co-Founder of the Children & Nature Network

Gardening is a pastime for many adults. Not only is it rewarding to grow your own vegetables and fruits, but simply the act of tending to your plants can be fulfilling, healing, and stress relieving. It comes as no surprise that children can experience some of these same benefits, as well as many others, through gardening and playing in nature. 

As the Children & Nature Network website says, “There’s no app for this.” And they are right: There is simply no replacement for spending time outside. 

Gardening offers sensory stimulation through working with water and dirt. It uses important gross motor skills like moving a trowel or rake through dirt or using a shovel to fill a bucket. It also introduces kids to problem solving: Does this plant need to be watered? How can you tell? How deep of a hole is needed to plant this flower? Will it fit? Perhaps above all, gardening can boost a child’s self-confidence. There is much satisfaction in planting a seed or a bulb and watching it grow. 

When we work with our clients to design engaging and stimulating outdoor learning environments, we draw from a variety of outdoor learning products centered around gardening and nature. The following are some of the products that can be used to create a unique and beautiful outdoor classroom.

Gardening Play products

Raised Garden Box

Raised Garden Box

Dimensions: 2 X 6 X 16.5

  • Available in cedar-colored recycled plastic
  • Portable
Garden Arbor

Garden Arbor

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation over trike track
Garden Arbor With Garden Boxes

Garden Arbor With Garden Boxes

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation over trike track
Pizza Garden

Full-Size and Half-Size Pizza Gardens

Dimensions: 36” deep or 60” deep

  • Available in natural or primary colors
  • Portable
Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge

Dimensions: 6 X 3 

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation
Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

  • Natural color
Watch Me Grow Box

Watch Me Grow Box

  • Available in natural or primary colors
  • Portable or in-ground installation
Pergola With Deck

Pergola With Deck

Dimensions: 6 X 12

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation
Cast Concrete Tree Slices

Cast Concrete Tree Slices

  • 14 inches deep
Cedar Pergola

Cedar Pergola

Dimensions: 14 X 14

Raised Garden Box

Raised Garden Box

Dimensions: 2 X 6 X 16.5

  • Available in cedar-colored recycled plastic
  • Portable
Garden Arbor With Garden Boxes

Garden Arbor With Garden Boxes

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation over trike track
Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge

Dimensions: 6 X 3 

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation
Garden Arbor

Garden Arbor

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation over trike track
Pizza Garden

Full-Size and Half-Size Pizza Gardens

Dimensions: 36” deep or 60” deep

  • Available in natural or primary colors
  • Portable
Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

  • Natural color
Watch Me Grow Box

Watch Me Grow Box

  • Available in natural or primary colors
  • Portable or in-ground installation
Pergola With Deck

Pergola With Deck

Dimensions: 6 X 12

  • Cedar stained-wood color
  • Designed for in-ground installation
Cast Concrete Tree Slices

Cast Concrete Tree Slices

  • 14 inches deep
Cedar Pergola

Cedar Pergola

Dimensions: 14 X 14

Add Gardening Features to Your Outdoor Classroom

Let Students Explore Their Natural Environment

If you are ready to brainstorm and visualize your ideal outdoor learning space, please reach out to the Playspace Design team. We will start by discussing your budget and wishlist and then explore possibilities for your unique space depending on its size. Reach out today to get started.