DISCOVER PLANT SCIENCE
Fun ways to grow a budding scientist
Many families have a rule when it comes to decluttering their homes and getting rid of old toys – when one toy comes in the house, another has to go. But where, exactly, should that toy be taken? The obvious options include donating the toys to a shelter or giving them to a younger friend. Another option you may want to add to the list is upcycling! Maybe your child has an extra special toy they have outgrown but just can’t bear to give away or maybe one is slightly too loved to pass onto another owner – both of these are perfect candidates for upcycling to create unique props for your garden! As an added bonus, it might help your child become interested in helping out with gardening and make your yard an extra special place for your youngest family members to enjoy.
Funky Planters: Toys add a bit of whimsy everywhere they go and remind everyone of their inner child. Bringing toys into your garden in a creative way, like repurposing them as planters, serves to transform the garden into an inviting place for children and adds a touch of nostalgia and amusement for adults.
Fairy Garden: If your child has enough plastic dolls, houses, and accessories to populate a small village, this is a great idea to put them to use in a creative way. Bring the toys outdoors and let your child arrange them in the garden as if they were small forest nymphs! Let your kid’s creativity shine as they find new uses for natural items in conjunction with the toys – is an acorn cap a plate? Are small stones tables and chairs? The possibilities are endless!
Light Features: Lighting can take your landscaping to the next level by creating a beautiful atmosphere in your yard even once the sun goes down – and adding creative touches to lighting features can really make your yard shine (pun 100% intended).
If you still have some post spring cleaning toy clutter laying around (and maybe an idle, out-of-school child in need of some activities) think about how you can repurpose those items into your own outdoor showpieces!