What You’ll Learn
In this gardening guide, you’ll find plenty of inspiration as we cover:
- How to involve children in your garden
- How to plan and create a kids’ garden
- Gardening tips for kids
- Simple suggestions for garden activities for all ages
Kids and gardens have quite a few things in common: they both require plenty of food and water, fresh air, and lots of love – and both are likely to come with more than their fair share of dirt! And when you combine the two, there are plentiful opportunities for fun, learning, discovery, and creativity.
A garden is like Mother Nature’s classroom, where kids can enjoy a hands-on education in everything from science and math to responsibility and patience. Whether you have an oversized raised bed, a few large planters, or even just the counter space for a small pot, you can start planting the seeds of learning in your child’s minds now.
From backyard gardening to easy projects, we’re covering a huge variety of ideas for garden activities for kids.
How can I make my garden fun for kids?
If you’re hoping to spur your children’s interest in gardening, the first thing to do is make them feel welcome and purposeful in the garden. Ask yourself this: What can children do in the garden? Then, be open to venturing outside your comfort zone and thinking beyond the basic tasks – you might be surprised just how capable (and enthusiastic!) kids can be in the garden!
Here are some simple ideas for making the garden a fun place for kids.
Let them choose plants.
Whether you have an expansive vegetable garden, a few herbs for cooking, or are trying out container gardening, selecting your plants is one of the most fun parts. Why not let your kids choose a few of the plants for next season? Involve them in the planning process in a way that makes sense for their age. For example, older children might be ready to learn about topics like hardiness zones and which plants grow best together. On the other hand, younger kids might do well when presented with a few options that they can pick from.
Make learning a team effort.
Even if you’re brand-new to gardening, it can still be a great way to connect with your kids. For children, seeing adults in their lives dedicate time and energy to learning something new is a valuable lesson. Not only does it model lifelong learning, but it also shows them that knowledge is powe
Learn how to plant a garden together by:
- Visiting the library to choose books about gardening
- Spending time together researching online gardening resources
- Working together to plan a home garden
- Presenting gardening fails as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Add garden “jobs” to family chores.
Chores aren’t usually considered “fun,” but when you add outdoor time to your usual list of chores, your kids’ reactions might be more positive than you’d think. Simple tasks like watering the garden, tending raised beds, harvesting fruit and veggies, and pulling weeds are doable for kids of all ages and an excellent way to get them outdoors. And not only does it make gardening a part of your family’s everyday life, but you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of extra helping hands in your garden.
How do you make a garden for kids?
If you’re ready to take the gardening fun to the next level and set your children up with a garden of their own, we can help you get started. Here are a few DIY garden tips for kids:
Start small. When you have plenty of space, it can be tempting to go all-out with a huge garden right away. But it often takes experience to manage a more extensive garden successfully, and the amount of work might be more than you’d expect. So, try container gardening or a few small planters at first.
Let them add creative touches. Do you have budding artists in your family? Capture their interest in garden art activities, such as crafting fun garden markers, painting step stones, or even designing a welcome sign.
Present it as play. If you approach gardening with kids as something to be stressed about, they’ll pick up on that right away. Instead, look at it as the chance to get outside and have fun in a new way.
Make garden time engaging for everyone. Kids of different ages can enjoy a garden, but the experience will look much different for a preschool-aged child than a teen. Do your best to adjust the ideas (and your expectations!) to suit their age, and everyone is likely to have a good time.
Stock up on gardening essentials from day one. Even if your kids’ garden is more focused on fun than a successful harvest, there are still simple steps you can take to get great results. Quality soil, essential tools, and a premium, all-natural soil additive from Harvest Gold Organics are a must.
What are gardening activities for kids?
Including children in the planting and caretaking processes aren’t the only way to get them involved in the garden. Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, your child can still learn plenty from plants.
Here are a few ideas for garden-themed activities for kids, perfect for helping their curiosity and love of nature bloom:
Backyard bug hunt: Head out to the backyard with magnifying glasses to see who can spot the coolest creepy-crawlies.
Seed catalog collage: If you have a seed catalog or empty seed packs leftover from planting, let the kids cut them up and create a colorful collage.
Garden journaling: With an empty notebook and a few minutes every day, your child can start a garden journal that chronicles their plant growth, pollinators, flowers, and just about anything else going on in the garden.
Sensory gardening: Plants come in all sizes, shapes, textures, and scents for a sensory-rich experience, especially if you opt for touchable plants placed within easy reach of kids.
Counting in the garden: Have your children count colors, plant types, or critters in the garden, adding in measuring or math for older kids.
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When you’re gardening with kids, having fun and making beautiful memories are always a priority; but, keeping children safe in the garden is just as important. Unfortunately, a considerable number of gardening products contain a long list of harmful chemicals, turning the experience from family-friendly to downright dangerous
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