Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

30 Gardening Ideas for Kids

These plant activities and garden crafts are sure to inspire some gardening with kids this Spring!

I'm so excited that we are finally seeing some spring weather!

We are so past due - and it's cutting into our gardening activities

I'll admit, I am not one of those amazing Martha Stewart-type gardeners but I really do enjoy having a small backyard garden each summer. 

The kids and I choose a few favorite plants along with some new items to try each year and then we get dirty, track how the plants grow and reap in the harvest (literally!) 

So today we're sharing all types of wonerful gardening activities for kids!  In addition to our tips and experience, you'll also find affiliate links to items we've found useful in our gardening adventures.

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30 Children's Garden Activities

I always recommend starting with a trip to the garden store! 

Kids can browse the aisles of plants and learn a little about the different items that can be grown in your backyard.  Whether you plan to plant in a garden plot or grow plants in pots, there will be plenty of choices.

You can also start with these fun pre-garden activities & crafts if it's not quite time to plant outside yet ;)

What do we grow in the garden?

Always herbs (usually basil & rosemary because they grow so quickly, along with a few others), tomatoes, peppers and some vine plant (cucumbers, pumpkins, etc).  We've also tried carrots, lettuce, onions, strawberries and beans -- along with lots of different flowers. 

Some of our favorite plants are ones that grow quickly (such as basil and tomato plants) and anything the kids can eat right from the garden (beans, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers).  And if your kids can't wait for a seed to germinate, you can start with some small plants (seedlings) and put them right in your garden or pot.

 

Not sure what to grow?  Check out this guide to 13 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables from Martha Stewart.  I always suggest letting kids choose a vegetable or some flowers on their own.  Just read the markers when you purchase the plants and it will tell you how much sun and water each plant will need.

Giant Sunflowers are also lots of fun to grow with kids, as are Moonflowers (once they grow, they only bloom & open in the late evening and then close again so it's a treat to be able to watch them each day).

 

Kids Gardening Items

You'll also need a few gardening items -- it's always fun to look like a gardener ;)  Kids will enjoy having tools their own size and will also be more likely to help if they have tools that aren't too heavy. 

Try this Kids Garden Tool Set with Tote if you're looking for hand-held garden items -- we've owned one for years and it always gets lots of use!  These are metal garden tools and not the plastic type -- we find the metal ones work much better when digging. If you have a larger garden, this kid-size rake, hoe & spade are perfect for pint-size helpers.

Another great buy is a set of kid-sized garden gloves!  Fairy fans might enjoy these Disney Fairies Jersey Garden Gloves .  You can also find 'cool' gloves for boys -- Disney Cars Kids Jersey Glove .  I've found that Target always has a nice selection of kids garden items too!

And a Children's Garden Apron is always a handy item.  Seriously, they're going to get dirty and wet (when watering) and it's always nice to have a place to keep your gloves and tools.

Last, I would recommend a child-sized watering can like these Melissa & Doug Watering Cans.  I've found the it's very difficult for the kids to manage a full-size watering can and I don't dare give them the watering hose!  (I tried that once and we had a mini-flood ;) 

Watering the garden is one of the 'kid jobs' in our house each evening before dinner.  It's the perfect way to get the kids into the garden each day so they can see how the plants are growing.

Browse our Kids Garden Books and also 30 Tips for Getting Kids Ready to Garden to get the kids inspired!

 

Tips for Planning & Designing Gardens with Kids

12 Tips for Gardening with Kids -- Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

The Benefits of Gardening -- Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents and Teachers

Easy Planting with Kids -- Kitchen Counter Chronicles

How Kids Can Help with Gardening -- Teach Mama

Looking for something fun to grow?  Try this adorable Little Pizza Garden Kit which gives you all the seeds you'll need to make your own pizza once grown!

5 Tips for Gardening with Preschoolers - Projects for Preschoolers

Let Kids Design a Garden -- Tinkerlab

This Little Tikes Garden Table is perfect for indoor garden play or as a wonderful outdoor mini-garden area for young kids!

Creating a Kids Picking Garden -- Curly Birds

How to Make a Wormery -- Nurture Store

And try some of these 23 FREE Printable Garden Activities too!

 

     

Books for Kick-starting a Garden

We love to introduce new ideas with a story!  Try a few of these gorgeous stories to show kids more about plants & gardening:

The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies)

Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard

Jack's Garden                      

Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening (A Kid's Guide series)

 

Plant Activities for Kids

New research has shown that kids who are involved in growing and making their own food are more likely to try different foods and eat healthier.  Now there's a great reason to get kids involved in gardening!

Seed Starting with Kids -- Housing a Forest

Springtime Gardening -- Childhood 101

If you decide to start seeds inside, this SPROUT & GROW Root Viewer will give kids a great peek into the science of how plants grow!

Creating an Edible Sensory Garden for Kids -- The Educator's Spin on It

Create a Garden for Imaginative Play -- Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Creating a Fairy Garden -- Tinkerlab

Regrowing Celery -- Housing a Forest

Sunflower Fun for Kids -- The Golden Gleam

Growing Plants in the Shape of Letters -- Putti's World

Beginner Gardening -- East Coast Mommy

Landscaping with Kids -- Mummy Musings and Mayhem

 

          

The Gardener                 Zinnia's Flower Garden

 

Gardening Activities

Enjoy some fun crafts & hands-on activities as you garden:  make a garden journal, create plant markers, connect kids with books & more!

Make Mini-Garden Journals -- Red Ted Art

Building Fairy Gardens with STEM Activities -- Edventures with Kids

Handprint Garden Markers -- Reading Confetti

Create your own Mosaic Garden Stone

10 Great Gardening Books for Kids -- Edventures with Kids

Wooden Spoon Garden Markers -- The fairy and the frog

Fairy & Elf Houses in the Garden -- Growing Green Fingered Kids

Kid-friendly Plant markers -- Pink and Green Mama

Painted Rock Plant markers -- LuBird Baby

Read to your Plants -- JDaniel4's Mom

Create a Garden Collage -- Mama's Little Muse

Gardening Activities for Toddlers -- Stay at Home Educator

 

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Books & Activities that Explore Plants & Seeds

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Comments

 
Guest - Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam on Friday, 05 April 2013 19:05

Thank you for sharing our sunflower activity. What a great resource! I have shared this on my FB page.

Thank you for sharing our sunflower activity. What a great resource! I have shared this on my FB page.
Guest - Michelle Breum on Monday, 08 April 2013 03:19

What a great collection of resources.
My family like gardening too. I'm a little worried about our new cat using our garden as a cat box lately. I'm trying to decide if for the first year we might not have a garden. Your post and springtime in general is making me really want a garden.

What a great collection of resources. My family like gardening too. I'm a little worried about our new cat using our garden as a cat box lately. I'm trying to decide if for the first year we might not have a garden. Your post and springtime in general is making me really want a garden.
Guest - Sugar Aunts on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:04

This is a great resource! We are getting ready to start in our garden. I think the kids love this part the best...the mud and dirt! I would love to invite you to share this post (and more of your stuff, too) with us at our link up party: Share It Saturday has a bunch of great bloggers sharing their creative ideas each week...and you would fit right in :) http://www.sugaraunts.com/2013/04/share-it-saturday-14-and-our-week-in.html
I hope to see you there!
Colleen atwww.sugaraunts.com

This is a great resource! We are getting ready to start in our garden. I think the kids love this part the best...the mud and dirt! I would love to invite you to share this post (and more of your stuff, too) with us at our link up party: Share It Saturday has a bunch of great bloggers sharing their creative ideas each week...and you would fit right in :) http://www.sugaraunts.com/2013/04/share-it-saturday-14-and-our-week-in.html I hope to see you there! Colleen atwww.sugaraunts.com
Guest - Lorie on Monday, 08 April 2013 13:38

Thanks for including our handprint garden markers. This is an awesome list!

Thanks for including our handprint garden markers. This is an awesome list!
Guest - pinkoddy on Monday, 08 April 2013 20:32

Thank you so much for this post as it's really something we need to get started on this year.

Thanks for joining the spring carnival

Thank you so much for this post as it's really something we need to get started on this year. Thanks for joining the spring carnival
Guest - adele on Thursday, 11 April 2013 19:03

Wow so many great ideas for gardening thank you and thank you for linking up to Gardening adventures.

Wow so many great ideas for gardening thank you and thank you for linking up to Gardening adventures.
Guest - Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day! on Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:44

Such a great resource for books, activities, and links! Thanks for sharing this over at Stress-Free Sunday. I'm going to pin this post for when my son and I get into more gardening.

Such a great resource for books, activities, and links! Thanks for sharing this over at Stress-Free Sunday. I'm going to pin this post for when my son and I get into more gardening.
Guest - JDaniel4's Mom on Saturday, 11 May 2013 19:35

What a great resource! I am going to pin this to my gardening board.

What a great resource! I am going to pin this to my gardening board.
Guest - Charlie on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:58

What a great post !! Lots of brilliant ideas , will definitely be taking notes ;)xn

What a great post !! Lots of brilliant ideas , will definitely be taking notes ;)xn
Guest - The Reading Residence on Thursday, 13 March 2014 07:21

Great ideas and list here - thanks! Will pin and will get the kids bust! #EmptyYourArchive

Great ideas and list here - thanks! Will pin and will get the kids bust! #EmptyYourArchive
Guest - Natalie PlanetSmartyPants on Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:54

Great suggestions for gardening. We also have a small garden, but we had no luck with basil - it burns every summer. Hopefully, we will have more luck with tomatoes this year - for whatever reason they didn't do well last year. Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!

Great suggestions for gardening. We also have a small garden, but we had no luck with basil - it burns every summer. Hopefully, we will have more luck with tomatoes this year - for whatever reason they didn't do well last year. Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!
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