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How to make a miniature garden for kids

Updated February 21, 2017

Planning a miniature garden with a child allows her to use her imagination and learn how to grow plants. A miniature garden is made to look like a small landscape with different plants. You can add small items like toy houses and small people to make your garden seem more like a habitat for her toys. Teach your child to care for the plants on her own and allow her to create her own imaginary world.

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Purchase a low-profile container at least 40 cm (16 inches) in diameter and 20 cm (8 inches) tall with drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Choose from terracotta or plastic.

Place a few large rocks in the bottom of the planter to help aid with drainage. Add 2.5 cm (1 inch) of perlite to the bottom.

Fill the container with an all-purpose potting soil. Leave about 2.5 cm (1 inch) to the top of the container. Allow the child to use a measuring cup or small container to scoop the soil in.

Allow your child to select the plants for the miniature garden. Good ones to choose from include ferns, moss, spider plants and bright flowers.

Dig a hole with your finger, and plant the plants into the soil. Gently pack the soil around the plants. Place them around the container to provide the green landscape for the miniature garden.

Allow the child to place small buildings, people, animals and other small toys to create an imaginary world. Use twigs to construct a small fence and place small stones around the landscape.

Create different gardens with different themes. A Halloween garden can be complete with ghosts and a cemetery. Select a farm with a barn, farm animals in a pasture or a dinosaur garden with toy dinosaurs.

Place the gardens in a bright sunny location and hand water with a measuring cup about once a week. Allow the water to trickle to prevent the toys and the soil from washing away.

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Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Soil
  • Small flowers
  • Pebbles
  • Decorative rocks
  • Twigs
  • Plastic figurines
  • Small houses
  • Toy people

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.

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