10 Things Kids Want in a Garden as Voted by Kids

by Kerry Cue

Sibylesque Valerie Andrews Quote

According to the NY Times (Screen addition is taking its toll on children, Jane Brody, 6 July, 2015) screen time is eating away children’s lives. We, The Sibyls, are so concerned we have asked the question ‘How did childhood become a prison sentence’ and what can we, grandparents, do about it? One answer is, grandchildren need more time in the outdoors. But we also need to listen to the kids.

I went to a talk by Michelle Rayner,environmental educator and Vice Principal Patch Primary School, Victoria. thepatchbanner Before the school developed a substantial part of their garden they asked not only what the kids wanted in a garden but they also asked the kids to design it. The patch students at work Here are the 10 things the kids wanted in a garden:

  1. Water
  2. Animals
  3. Place to Build Stuff
  4. Maze
  5. A meeting place & stage
  6. Pizza oven and garden
  7. Artwork
  8. Secluded spaces (hideyholes)
  9. Edible plants
  10. Play space

Here is a video of The Patch School’s kid-friendly, Eco-garden:The Learning Landscape

The garden now boasts a frog bog (water), ducks, chickens, rabbits and mice,

Students from the Patch with chickens

a construction area (Even 5 year olds use hammers),

Young students use a hammer

a native grass maze, central meeting place and stage, pizza oven and garden (Michelle has cooked a hundred pizzas in one day!!!), student sculptures and other art works, a willow den (like below) , fruit trees and a veggie patch, and lots of play spaces.

willow den 1 Photo source: The Patch Website, screen grabs from above video, pinterest.

Link: Quote Top from A Passion for this Earth,Valerie Andrews.

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Comments

  1. Helen Elliott says

    Perfect. And timely. What lucky children. Every child should aspire to a willow den, just the words themselves suggest the mystery and privacy that children crave.

    • says

      Thanks Helen, this school garden is truly inspiring especially when you think how many schools in Australia have fake grass, asphalt and shade cloth instead of a garden. Sibyl Kerry

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