Let’s Pretend: Garden Center

I decided to surprise my girls recently with a pretend play garden center.
All it took was a couple of dollars at the dollar store, some recycled items around the house, and a brand new batch of play dough.
After I presented it to them, they spent the next couple of days playing exclusively with their garden center. No other toys were needed!



I made a batch of play dough for the girls to use as dirt.
I used this recipe for chocolate play dough from NurtureStore since I already had all the ingredients I needed at home. It came together easily and smells wonderful.
The money I spent at the dollar store was for the flowers. I spent a few dollars on several bunches of flowers and then cut them apart into separate flowers. For just a few dollars we had plenty of flowers for our garden center.
I made a few seed packets from construction paper, added some colorful craft sticks, a pile of glass marbles and several small cups to the garden center.
I also cut apart a couple of egg cartons so they had some 4-part containers just like you would find in a garden center.
The girls played and played.
They turned the glass beads into seeds and boy did those seeds grow fast.
They made flower arrangement after flower arrangement.
They turned a chair into a delivery truck and started delivering flowers to everyone they could think of. I can’t even count how many flower deliveries I received!
Their imaginations were running wild and I loved every minute of it.

For just a few dollars and a bit of effort I gave the girls a toy better than any you can find in a store. I know we’ll be doing this again and again.

How would your kids play with a pretend play garden center?

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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