Family Fun in Water Gardens and Other Ponds
In today’s fast-paced world, it is often hard to find ways to bring your entire family together to enjoy quality time. Backyard ponds and water gardens give families the perfect opportunity to come together for fun, relaxation and learning.
How can you do this?
Involve the entire family in planning your pond or water garden.
Even the youngest members of the family can help pick out plants and fish. Look through catalogs together and allow each family member to pick out the things they most like and then incorporate a few ideas from each person. This will make the pond a true reflection of your family and help make it feel like a true family project.
Once the water garden or pond is ready, everyone can help place plants or set the fish free.
Daily tending of both can be a family project as well. Kids will gain a sense of responsibility and adults will feel less stress knowing where the kids are and what they are doing.
Plan a nature day.
Watch and see who can spot the various types of birds or insects that visit your water garden. Have small prizes for the one who spots the greatest number of bird breeds or the most unusual insect. Make learning into a game and you will hold the attention of even the youngest children—and the adults just may learn a few things too.
Prevent Runoff by using plants that cover the entire ground surface. Runoff can carry harmful chemicals, pesticides and excessive amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen into waterways.
Make your water garden the setting of family cookouts.
Set up lawn games around the pond and allow everyone a chance to play or relax as they wish. When it is time to eat, spread a blanket on the ground near the pond and enjoy the feeling of a country setting.
Turn your water garden or pond into a learning activity on eco-systems.
Make this a summer-long project. Take notes on things like water temperature, size and kinds of pond plants and wildlife, and an assortment of other things you come up with as a family. Do this several times during the summer to see the changes. Take note of the different types of animal life that visit at different times of the day and different times of the pond season.
Whatever you plan, involve your entire family in your water garden or pond project. It is memories of these times and activities that will be remembered for years to come.