Making Magic: Kids Creations

Kids love to make things. Creating a Magic Garden is a perfect opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. They can paint things for the garden, make things out of clay, and invent things out of items you have around the house. The magic really is you, by giving kids a set of basic raw materials that you already have, their imaginations flow.

Free & Simple Creating

JoyMaster Lisa keeps a box of “stuff” in the closet for her grandson’s to create houses, ships, planes, and other cool stuff for the garden. This list is perfect start for kids to have fun on rainy days, creating things for playing in the garden on sunny days.

  • Empty boxes all sizes
  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Balloons
  • Tape
  • Construction paper
  • Plastic tubs
  • Stickers
  • Wooden ships/houses
  • Sticks/pinecones/pcorns, etc
  • Markers/crayons/colored pencils
  • Egg cartons
  • “Guys” …..what the boys call action-figures

With a little adult help, a hot glue gun, stapler and some fun music let the creating begin. Together you can make houses, cars, bridges, stairs, rockets, ships, doorways, wishing wells and more – sky is the limit.

Colin’s Cat Hotel

When we are out in the garden, our indoor cat wants to be outside with us. Colin created this cat hotel for Bitten, so she had a place to be with us while we all were outside. She looks unhappy in the box, but that is her “I’m trilled” face. The Cat Hotel is one of her play places for sure!

Other Things to Consider

Suggestions for things you might find around our home to add to a “Magic Garden Imagination Box.”

  • Shipping boxes
  • Laminated pictures
  • Old ornaments
  • Old hose
  • Paper and plastic bags
  • Bark
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing peanuts
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Empty toilet paper rolls or empty paper towel rolls
  • Fabric/old sheets