We are building a sensory garden as our summer project. Sensory gardens come in many shapes and sizes from colorful play spaces to a more natural feel. Sensory garden simply means a space where sounds, sights, textures, scents and even tastes exist. You can find a great explanation about these sensory spaces here. Due to my daughter’s hearing loss and visual challenges, we will make ours very vibrant and colorful. I wanted to share some of the elements we are getting for our sensory garden and later on, I will share our finished product. Here are a few examples that we used for inspiration. I hope that you consider making a sensory garden this summer as well! (this post contains affiliate links)
Water features are a great way to add a relaxing sound to a sensory garden. This blue koi pond is our choice because it is solar powered and super easy to maintain. My children can also feel the running water as it flows down or they can just listen the soothing sounds.
This article has wonderful suggestions on plants for your sensory garden. I like the idea of an elevated garden bench so all children can enjoy them. We are getting one at wheelchair height which will be perfect for Eve. This would be great for patios and small spaces where a large garden is not possible.
There are so many fun ways to add visual interest to a sensory garden. Here a just a few examples to consider from whimsical to sophisticated.
This wind chime caught my eye right away due to its color and shapes. I hope it sounds just as cool as it looks. It would also add more tactile interest to our sensory garden if hung at a lower level.
My kids love bubbles so our garden has to have a way to enjoy them also. We have tried so many different bubble machines over the years and this one remains our favorite.
For more sensory garden inspiration, check out my Pinterest board on sensory gardens. I’d love to hear about your ideas for a sensory garden.
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