An interactive garden like the “Hero Gardens” we built with children in our Siblings Program at Mott Children’s Hospital is a great activity to try at home with your kids because it provides plenty of imaginative fun, and you probably already have most of what you need in your home or yard already! These gardens are simple and quick to make, but can bring hours of enjoyment over the summer, as your child changes and adds to his or her garden to reflect different things you do, explore and learn together over the summer.
Check out our “how to” video, and let us know how it works for you! We would love to see pictures of your own “Hero Garden” – you are welcome to post them to our Facebook wall, or tag #mottchildren in any photos you share on Instagram or Twitter.
Kathy Richards-Peal is an art therapist with the Child & Family Life program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Kathy received her master’s degree in Art Therapy from Wayne State University and bachelors of Fine arts from Eastern Michigan University. She has a strong belief that being involved in the artistic process can give relief and respite from both emotional and physical pain, and helps rebuild a person’s hope and belief in themselves.
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.