Creating A Small Garden Play Box

This can be a good way for older children to learn about plants in the garden while using it for imaginative play with small plastic bugs. This activity can be completed indoors or outside and can easily be transferred from one to another.

You will need:

  • Plastic box, such as a storage box or a large plant pot
  • Earth
  • Small plants
  • Plastic bugs
  • Yoghurt pot


If using a plastic box, make drainage holes in the bottom before you start the activity. Next the children can fill the box with earth. Place the yoghurt pot in the earth so the top of the pot is level with the top of the earth, then plant a range of small flowers or grasses in the box. Fill the yoghurt pot with water to make a small pond. While doing this activity you can discuss with the children how plants grow and what they need to grow, the children can also continue this learning by caring for the garden themselves. Once the garden has been completed the children can play in it with small plastic bugs.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills
  • Personal and Social development
  • Creative development

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