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Saturday Spot: The Natural Factual Garden Corner…

June 28th, 2011 · 11 Comments

I don’t know about your kids but when our kids go out on nature walks it is never just a walk, but always some sort of treasure hunt!!! They tend to come home with half the world… sticks, bark, logs, shells, kelp, feathers, stones… and more!!! We needed a spot to keep it all and it has to be in a place where it is okay to keep treasures that one wouldn’t necessarily want to keep indoors. So we have a nature spot.


It is right at our front gate, sort of a museum of natural collections. As the kids get from an outing they can put their treasures right there… long before they get indoors and decide that the kitchen counter is the place to store them!!!
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It is in a really shady spot of the garden so not much grows there, we covered it in bark and lots of pots and containers to house their collections.

It is their domain, they can sort and plot and plan… and never looks quite the same two days running…

There is a spot for a water play… because what garden is complete without a bit of mud…

And a path to follow…

There is music of the smashing…

and tinkling variety.
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There are special stones

And sea shells…

And fabulous feathers

And glorious colors… precious stones and sea glass…

A place to hang up your shoes…
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Wild beasts of one kind…
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And another.
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Hanging artworks…
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All kinds of artworks…

I think what I like about it the most is that nothing is fixed… it changes everyday as the kids play and construct and design their own showcase.

That’s it – Happy Hunting!!!

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jacki // Jun 28, 2011 at 6:14 am

    We need one of those again! Just in time for summer (yes, it finally came!!!!) I look at this beautiful post and think, “What a magical childhood you are creating for them.” LOVE it!

  • 2 irene // Jun 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

    that is such a good idea. Love it
    And, yes, I do agree with you, no garden without mud! 🙂
    Have a fab day (and week) se7en

  • 3 se7en // Jun 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Hay Jacki, Thanks for the enthusiasm!!! I am so pleased that you finally have summer and so many new things to explore… Got to call you sometime!!! Lots of lekker love!!!

  • 4 se7en // Jun 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Hay Irene!!! Glad you like our spot!!! Hope you have a fabulous week yourself!!!

  • 5 Jacqui // Jun 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    That is so lovely! I really need to do this. Ours tends to get either dropped at the door or brought inside. Now I just need to figure out where… Should be fun!

  • 6 se7en // Jun 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Hay Jacqui, So glad you like it!!! We have had that sort of “dead” spot of garden for ages and it really made sense to fill it with all the stuff they collect… It just gets better and better and the more I leave them to it the more fun they have!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 7 Nikki // Jun 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    that’s a great idea! as a spring time activity i’ve promised my kids that they can create their own spot in the garden-we’ve got the spot chosen-but now you’ve given us another idea to add to their own special place! Oh, spring, you need to come quickly!!!
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  • 8 se7en // Jun 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hay Nikki, Roll on Spring indeed!!! We are so busy sprucing up and getting a couple of spots ready for a grand spring garden… my kids are loving mucking about in wet muddy leaves and dragging piles of dirt from one end of the garden to the other!!! I read somewhere that a tired boy is a happy boy… I am a firm believer and apply it equally to all my kids!!! Not to mention gardening does keep you warm and it has been soooo freezing!!! Hope you have a good week!!!

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