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    The lass who shared my first plot has a 3 year old. He's got his own tools and loves to 'help' mum and dad. It's a bit easier if they have their own little bed - especially if you can make it a raised bed and paint the wood in an attractive colour (red, maybe?)

    They, when you sow or plant, they can have a bit or seed or a few seedlings for their own plot.

    Harry (above mentioned child) comes onto my plot for a chat (and to pinch my biggest worms!). On Sunday I had to hoe out 6 Harry footprints and one Harry bum-print from the bit I'd been digging! He like to get up close and personal with the soil.

    He told me he was going with his parents to buy seed potatoes next. He is obviously interested.

    Good luck with Bean - he'll be a natural, I just know it!
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    On the sharps front you might want to consider something as simple as a lockable toolbox. Something very lightweight that you get into the habit of using all the time would be good.
    Generally I'm inclined towards the "so they get a bit hurt/wet? so what?" attitude, but with things like secateurs a wee bit of prudence around very young'uns could be wise.

    It's a bit down the line yet - but if he really takes an interest and starts wanting his own tools there's always the kid's garden tools thing and after that a basic pocket knife if he's so inclined. Opinel make a round ended one especially for kids - I'm not sure I'd bother but if you're concerned about the sharp point it could be the answer. It's down to you to decide what's best and when he's mature enough to learn to use and maintain them properly and safely and I know that's probably quite a way off yet.

    In general I think I'd be inclined to suggest you let him call the shots to some extent. Maybe he'll show no interest in the plot and be happy with a sandpit or maybe he'll want to "help". Maybe the space for a sandpit would be better put over to giving him a bed of his own to grow whatever he likes.

    I think I'd be inclined to make sure there was nothing that might "take an eye out" like unprotected canes and the likes, but other than that just leave the plot pretty much as-is and let him learn naturally that some things hurt and so shouldn't be done, and some things taste bad so shouldn't be eaten... I'd agree with keeping the seeds away from him though - we all know what happened to the Man from Leeds when he ate a packet.

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    HW the best place to find all sorts of outdoor toys etc that you don't mind leaving out all the time will be freecycle / freegle. Something to amuse him till he 'grows into' his own tools as featured on BM's post.
    Whooops - now what are the dogs getting up to?

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    My friend's 3 year old was down the plot with me last weekend, she was dressed warmly in old clothes that would wash and quite happily spend a few hours sat on a kneeling cushion pulling couch grass / mares tail roots out of the ground that I was forking up for her. She had some toys there but to be honest was happier playing in the muck.

    I know she's a bit older than your son but she's been brought up from the start to understand that she's not allowed to touch everything and if she's not responsible enough to understand (due to age etc) then has been supervised rigourously as I'm sure you will do. Take reasonable precautions but he'll probably have the most fun doing things with mummy and daddy rather than having to play on his own when he's more likely to start exploring things that you don't want him to.

    Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.

    Which one are you and is it how you want to be?

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    This is what we use on our site.

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    I just wrote a huge reply and then deleted it but it said pretty much what Alison said.

    My small persons is 4. Over anyting else in the whole world he wants his mum and dad to do stuff with him.
    Muddy Puddles is good for kids out door water proofs but there loads on ebay.

    Make sure your not planing to be at it all day with him becuase they tend to get bored and then resent it, let them take the lead.

    Give them a bit of mud to dig in sand pits fine but why bother when you've got loads to MUD. Clay soil great as you can make balls and models. (its about the only time its useful) Pots are great for making sand castles and a trowel is as good as a spade.

    We take a picnic blanket in the summer with his allotment bag which has pens, paper and cars more often than not in it. Oh and he loves using my camera to capture the action.

    Get to know the poisous weeds deadly nightshade ect so you can tell him not to touch same for rhubarb and toadstools. Its better there aware from an early age but don't not grow something because of it.

    Theres loads of ideas for getting kids involved i can send them a list just PM me.

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    Ash was about Beans age when we got our plot,but for the life of me I can't remember what sort of things he got up to...other than the obvious worm licking and pulling up seedlings
    They're both a little older now and although they sometimes like to help more often than not they're doing their own thing.
    They have a plastic Little Tykes climbing frame/ship type thing which is their base and it's now 'penned in' by three little beds which are for their growing....that way if they play a little mad and knock into any growing things it'll be their loss!
    We also made them a little den to provide them with some shade.They sit in there and colour,draw,play with little toys or just fight!(there's a pic in my profile I think.It's just a solid pallet for the base and then some water pipe hoop things with fabric draped over.
    I wanted to make them a living one with beans but decided there'd probably be a few more bees than they'd like.

    ps.....we have set aside room to grow stuff too!!!
    the fates lead him who will;him who won't they drag.

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    It looks pretty tatty here...but it still did it's job.
    the fates lead him who will;him who won't they drag.

    Happiness is not having what you want,but wanting what you have.xx

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