Sensory Garden

Outdoor Environment

Ages: 2.5 years +

Find your green thumb. Beyond the benefits of fresh air and physical activity, gardening provides a calming environment where your child can exercise their attention span and learn to be patient and responsible.

Suggested gardening supplies

  • Compost
  • Plant pot or plastic/paper cups
  • Garden tools
  • Seeds for planting
  • Watering can

Tips

Choosing an area to garden 

  • No large green space is required for this activity. Make use of the space you have. 
  • Use your front/back yard, balcony, or any other outdoor space available to you. 
  • Dedicate a small space for your child to garden, this could potentially be an old sandbox which they have outgrown. 

Getting your hands dirty 

  • For older children, allow them to get their hands dirty by scooping the compost either into their plant pot or space in the garden. 
  • Encourage your child to pick and drop the seeds into the soil and cover by hand. 
  • Demonstrate this process if you child is struggling to perform the task. 
  • Assist your child to water the seeds. Use a watering can if available. 

Increase the fun

For younger infants, why not try a mud walk?

In the backyard, simply make a small pathway using compost about 1-metre x 1-metre. Soak the compost with lukewarm water and assist your child to walk across it barefoot. The feeling of the soft and squidgy compost between there toes is a great sensation and will be a brand-new experience for your child.

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • Can you dig a small hole for the seeds?
  • What does the seeds feel like?
  • What does the soil feel like?
  • Can you tell me what you smell?
  • What would you like to grow?
  • Do you know what plants need for growing?

We would love to meet you

We currently have 28 locations in 5 countries. Our child care facilities offer tours throughout the year.
We invite you to visit a location near you.