Look through this site/book together. It might be the overall theme you think rocks, or a cool stick that “makes” the garden, or house set up that you think is dope. The book really gets the creative juices flowing. Mix the parts of any of the gardens together to create the coolest most original garden on your block.
Dig through toys in the toy box, under the bed, or in the garage sale pile – see what small, ideally plastic toys are ready to move into their “second life” in the garden. It can be a whole basket of dolls or action figures and then come alive in your city, castle or your concert Magic Garden.
This lets kids have multiple answers and you can follow-up with secondary questions to get more insight: Why do you like that one? What character is your favorite? Why is that your favorite character? Questions with one simple answer (like “yes” or “no”) limits the quality of a child’s answer.
Where To Shop
CREATE WITH SOMETHING NEW, USED OR JUST DIFFERENT!
Go shopping together. Have a fun morning of shopping and an afternoon or gardening. Some suggested places to shop for inspiration are listed here.
All of your favorite toys are at Target or Walmart and seeing them in person let’s you get imagining your garden immediately. It also lets you see the size of the toys right away so you KNOW if they fit in your Magic Garden size.
Our personal favorite. Visit a thrift store and look at their toys, collectables, sports stuff and other areas. Maybe a basket becomes a house or a building. Thrift stores make shopping and “finding” both fun and affordable. Think out of the box while you shop too!