Kids Project! Succulent African Safari Garden

Activating a child’s creative side is important, and this fun outdoor project will do just that! It will also get children to interact with nature and learn about some new plants. This project is a simple, 5-step Safari Garden. Kids can be as creative as they want while decorating the box and arranging the plants and animals inside.

Building this safari garden is a fun and educational project perfect for any age. Below are the recommended plants, supplies, and steps for completing this project. The pictures are for inspiration, but the safari garden can be set up any way you would like. Get more planting tips and children’s projects in Planting Designs for Cactus and Succulents.

A wide view of a box with succulents and safari animals in it.


  1. Euphorbia spiralis
  2. Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides – Clumpy mistletoe cactus
  3. Sedum hernandezii
  4. Sedum x Cremnosedum ‘Little Gem’
  5. Haworthia fasciata – Zebra plant
  6. Haworthia reinwardtii hybrid
  7. Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’
  8. Faucaria tigrina – Tiger jaws
  9. Senecio radicans glauca – String of bananas
  10. Aeonium arboreum atropurpureum
  11. ‘Zwartkop’ – Black tree aeonium
  12. Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’ – Variegated elephant bush


  1. Planting box or wagon with drainage holes
  2. Aquarium gravel
  3. Glass pebbles
  4. Sand
  5. Craft paint
  6. Miniature figurines
  7. Cacti and succulent soil

An overhead angle of the box and the Zebra and Rino around the plants

Steps to create Safari Garden

1. Select a container that suits your desired size and space. Get creative and, for a center piece use a child’s toy such as a Radio flyer wagon or an oversized toy dump truck – anything the youngsters are willing to plant up!

2. Make sure to add drainage holes to the container of choice.

3. Now the fun part! Select hardy “miniature” succulents and thornless cacti that resemble grass, trees, and bushes. (Examples above)

4. Get the kids involved in the selection process and read the labels aloud. Many succulents come from around the world, particularly Africa, and it can open a discussion about African animals and their habitat.

5. Layout the safari garden – add gravel paths, riverbeds, and tall trees for the giraffe to nibble nearby. An easy way to control the placement of sand and gravel is by filling a plastic zipper-top bag, then cut the tip of one corner; now, gently pour where desired.

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