Saturday, January 9, 2010

Brainstorm With Me

Won't You?


It's bitterly cold and I'm stuck inside. Fortunately I have some beautiful sunny windows to gaze out of all day. These windows are the perfect windows for napping by since the sun comes through and heats you up and puts a magical sleepy spell on you, just watch out for the dreams you may have. The most recurrent dream has been of spring, spring through these windows will be beautiful and green and lush since they overlook the front garden. My little boy will be toddling this spring (if not sooner) and I want to start a tradition of gardening with my kid. I want to learn how to garden more (better) and this is as good a time as any. So this is my dream, a children's garden to create and enjoy together.

In my head it's huge and has places to hide and little rock circles and stones that make a chair that is only big enough for a little kid and tracks for toy cars and trucks and diggers to do their work. In reality, the space is not that big and I have three main ideas. I want to have somewhere for him to hide (maybe a sunflower house), somewhere for him to play (water play, sandbox, bean box) and somewhere for him to watch small things grow into food we can eat.

So now, I need to figure out how I'm going to do all three of those things... ideas? suggestions?


  1. How about a teepee?!

    For whatever reason I can't get copy/paste to work here. But the pacing the panic room blog built a teepee with a sandbox in it that you can search for.

  2. brainstorming.. will get back to you when the storm clouds pass and i can see through the driving rain and winds.

  3. the CAPTCHA word for that last comment i left was: imammuma. it made me giggle.

  4. A sandbox is a must - the sandbox was toddler Breandan's favorite outdoor activity. Breandan also liked making 'ball tracks'when he was a bit older. Ask him about it.

  5. OH let's talk about this on Wednesday. I am so down with this idea! HC will be one this summer and I want to put her to work so she can weed the garden for me. heheheh

  6. When I was a kid we used to make mud pies. My mother had a beautiful garden but there were a few spots the kids were allowed to dig. We would mix dirt from different parts of the yard. Flour, chocolate, sugar each had their place in the garden cupboard. Water was obtained from the hose. Stephanie and I would blend the solids and liquids until it was just right. Finally we found the sunniest place to bake our creations. We had a grand time.