How To Create a Safe and Fun Child-Friendly Garden

How To Create a Safe and Fun Child-Friendly Garden

Share This Post

Do you remember the fun of climbing trees? Playing ball games with family or friends? Catching lizards or watching birds make nests? Did you see fairies hiding under flowers or eat sweet tomatoes from the vine? Bake mud pies and plan adventures with mates in your secret hide-out aka the cubby?
These are all the things I loved to do and when given the chance kids still like to do today. The first step to get your kids outside is to provide functional areas for play, such as somewhere to exercise, kick a ball on lawn or ride a bike on paving.


A mulched area is good for simple play equipment, swing sets, trampolines or just to get digging in. Sand pits are lots of fun for little ones, but be sure to cover them each night or they become the neighbourhood kitty litter box. Quiet zones are important as safe places where kids can use their imagination for creative play. These areas don’t need to be completely out of adults’ sight. Give them the opportunity to hide behind a rock or plant something they can play behind that you can still see through. A good example is clumping grass, bamboo or a vine-covered arbor. A small tree can provide shelter from the sun and be a great educational tool, teaching problem-solving skills once the child is allowed to climb.

Cubby houses are the best quiet refuge – plan one that can grow with your child, transforming from a hidey-hole for role-playing pre-schoolers to a teens’ hangout.

Give your child a plant to care for or a vege patch to tend. I have found kids will unwittingly become better eaters if given the task of growing a new fruit or veg. They are more likely to eat it after tending to it for a few weeks.

Gardens are healthy places for kids to learn so many important life lessons, observe life cycles and changes of seasons, and teach responsibility. Gardening teaches children to value what’s around them, and it makes them aware of their impact on the environment. A very important element of a child-friendly garden design is safety. Please eliminate any potential risks by avoiding water features that could become drowning hazards. Teach kids the real dangers of the venomous creatures we have throughout our bushy district. Try to make kids aware of dangers, but not afraid of their gardens.

Precautionary protective gear is necessary and as simple as enclosed shoes, gloves, sun hats and sunglasses. Teach kids what they can and can’t eat as there are many toxic plants. Get rid of choking hazards around small children by not planting berry-laden plants or having pebbles in play areas. Avoid spiky plants in high-traffic areas.

Safe and Child-Friendly Garden plants

  • Sunflowers: These are easy to grow and provide a bright and cheerful addition to any garden. They produce large, colourful blooms that kids will love.
  • Marigolds: These are a great option for kids as they are low-maintenance and can tolerate a range of growing conditions. They produce vibrant, long-lasting blooms in shades of yellow and orange.
  • Nasturtiums: These are easy to grow and produce bright, colourful flowers that are also edible. The leaves and flowers have a slightly peppery taste, which kids may enjoy.
  • Basil: This is a versatile herb that is easy to grow and can be used in a range of dishes. It has a pleasant, sweet aroma and can be grown in pots or garden beds.
  • Mint: This is a hardy herb that is easy to grow and produces fragrant leaves that can be used in teas, drinks, and other dishes. It’s a great option for kids as it’s easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance.
  • Lavender: This is a beautiful and fragrant plant that kids will love to see and smell in their garden. It’s easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance, making it a great option for busy families.
  • Snapdragons: These are a fun and colourful addition to any garden. Kids will love to pinch the flowers and watch them “snap” shut. They come in a range of colours and are easy to grow.
  • Zinnias: These are bright and cheerful annual flowers that are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance. They come in a range of colours and can be grown in pots or garden beds.
  • Aloe Vera: This is a useful and low-maintenance plant that has many health benefits. It’s easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance, making it a great option for busy families.

How To Create a Safe and Fun Child-Friendly Garden summary;

  • Provide functional areas for play like exercise, ball games, or riding a bike. A mulched area is good for play equipment, while sand pits are great for little ones.
  • Quiet zones are important for creative play, and these areas don’t need to be completely out of adult sight. A clumping grass, bamboo or vine-covered arbour can serve as a good example.
  • Cubby houses are the best quiet refuge and can grow with your child, transforming from a hidey-hole for pre-schoolers to a teens’ hangout.
  • Give your child a plant to care for or a vege patch to tend to. Gardening teaches children to value what’s around them, teaches responsibility, and helps them become aware of their impact on the environment.
  • Ensure safety by eliminating potential risks, using precautionary protective gear, teaching kids about real dangers, and getting rid of choking hazards.

Create a sanctuary and your children will make their own wonderful memories.

For help designing or installing a child-friendly garden, contact us today

Related Articles

Water saving tips for the garden

Creating a Water Wise Garden

Water is a finite resource and as such, should be used sparingly, especially as we move into a a long, dry summer. Conserving water not