Creating a Home Sensory Garden: Step-by-Step Guide

Creating a Home Sensory Garden: Step-by-Step Guide

 A sensory garden is a unique place that stimulates the senses through a variety of textures, scents, and sounds. This is particularly valuable for children as it helps develop their perception and cognitive abilities. In this article, we will show you how to create such a garden at home or outdoors, and share tips on selecting plants, materials, and ways to engage children in creating and maintaining the sensory garden.

Step 1: Planning the Sensory Garden

Choosing a Location

The first step is choosing an appropriate location. This could be a small corner in the garden, a balcony, or even a part of the children's room. It is important that the place is safe and easily accessible for children.

Designing the Space

Consider dividing the garden into zones with different types of stimuli:

  • Touch Zone: Plants with various textures, stones, sand, tree bark.
  • Smell Zone: Plants with intense fragrances.
  • Sound Zone: Elements that produce sounds, such as windmills, chimes, leaves rustling in the wind.
  • Visual Zone: Plants of different colors and shapes.

Step 2: Choosing Plants and Materials

Touch Plants

  • Mixture of Textures: Choose plants with different surfaces, such as soft lavender, rough hosta leaves, or rough cacti (with caution, of course).
  • Ornamental Grasses: They can be pleasant to touch and add movement to the garden.

    Scent Plants

    • Herbs: Mint, basil, thyme, rosemary.
    • Flowers: Lavender, jasmine, roses, honeysuckle.

      Materials for the Touch Zone

      • Sand and Stones: Create a variety of textures.
      • Tree Bark and Gravel: Add diversity in touch.

        Sound Elements

        • Windmills and Chimes: Produce sounds under the influence of wind.
        • Dried Leaves and Grasses: Rustle in the wind.

          Step 3: Creating the Garden

          Preparing the Soil

          Ensure proper soil preparation so that plants can thrive. Use compost and appropriate fertilizers.

          Planting the Plants

          Plant the plants in designated zones, taking into account their sunlight and moisture needs. Remember to water and care for them regularly.

          Adding Materials

          Place tactile and sound elements in the garden. Make sure they are safe for children and properly secured.

          Step 4: Engaging Children

          Planting Together

          Let children participate in planting the plants. This is a great opportunity for learning and fun. They can choose plants, plant them, and water them.

          Creative Projects

          Encourage children to create their own garden decorations, such as painting pots, making decorative stones, or building small structures from natural materials.

          Education through Play

          Use the garden as a place to learn about nature. Tell children about the different plants, insects, and birds they can observe in the garden.

          Step 5: Garden Care

          Regular Maintenance

          Together with the children, take care of the garden by regularly watering, weeding, and trimming plants. This teaches responsibility and care for nature.

          Observing Changes

          Encourage children to observe changes in the garden. They can keep a gardening journal, draw plants, and note changes.


          Creating a home sensory garden is a wonderful way to spend time together with children, developing their senses and love for nature. With our tips, step by step, you will create a place that stimulates the senses and brings joy to the whole family. Ensure a variety of plants and materials, involve children in creating and maintaining the garden, and the results will exceed your expectations.

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