that are sure to inspire and encourage you in the garden. Studies show that kids who garden make healthier eating habits and score better in science. Kids love watching new life spring from a seed, and, let’s face it, kids like getting muddy too. We love the sense of awe that gardening gives them. We hope that as you go through our list that you too will get excited to garden with kids!
35 HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO GARDEN WITH KIDS
FUN IDEAS TO GARDEN WITH KIDS
- Create a compost bin with We made That. She taught her kids how to be responsible with their waste.
- You can recycle DIY watering cans, just like Childhood List.
- This painted wooden spoon craft is perfect for using as plant markers. -via Kids Activities Blog
- Kids will have fun dressing up their garden with these 10 Garden Decorating Ideas. -via Your House and Garden
- Share garden fruit together – We love the Garden that At Home with Ali showcased.
- Turn old bottles into new buddies in this upcycled planter idea for a garden with kids. -via eHow
- Your kids are going to love this sunflower house! Good thing sunflowers are so easy to grow. -via Lasso the Moon
- Here’s a cool idea: Create a moon garden. -via Kids Activities Blog
- Young kids will like making these Crafty Garden Critters. -via Kids Activities Blog
- Have fun creating gardening labels – these are adorable labels created by Dilly Dally Art.
- Enjoy a post-gardening snack of garden cupcakes, along with Anna of The Imagination Tree.
- These adorable recycled tin cans make great gardening containers. -via Live Craft Love
- This bean fort is so awesome! -via Time to Play Outside
- Grow edible art and create an egg carton cress caterpillar – inspired by Science Sparks.
BRILLIANT TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR GARDEN WITH KIDS
- Looking for something simple and easy to grow? Try peas. Thanks Educators Spin on it!
- Use toilet paper tubes to create planters, from Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
- Use an Egg carton as DIY seed pods to start your plants. Perfect size for a window sill.
- Want to recycle those Easter Eggs? Use the shells as a nutrient-rich seed starter. Great tips from Babylandia (be sure to translate the page).
- Here’s another idea on starting seeds in eggshells (you wanted omelets anyway). -via Gina Kirk
- Love this Kids garden table – give your children space to create and observe with At Home with Ali.
- This is such a smart tip! Hang tomato plants upside down to grow in a repurposed water bottle. -via Bonzai Aphrodite
- Have a kid that likes origami? All you need is newspaper to make these biodegradable pots. -via Goosie Girl’s
- This looks like so much fun! Learn how to grow tomatoes the easy way. -via Homestead Lifestyle
COOL SCIENCE PROJECTS IN THE GARDEN WITH KIDS
- Housing a Forest had a great idea to a plant their seeds in a sponge. It contains the sprouts, is soil/mess free and it is able to be planted as a unit. Brilliant.
- Have limited space? Looking for a contained garden? Why don’t you make a herb garden inside mason jars? That is what Weeping Cherries did with her kids.
- You need to know what kind of soil you have before you start planning your garden with kids. Check out this simple science experiment with soil. -via Left Brain Craft Brain
- Experiment with sunlight and watch the plants follow the sun as you rotate them – thanks Mama Smiles.
- Another great Eco-friendly gardening pod to start your plants are the rinds from fruit. My Romana Apartmentused grapefruit peels as plant containers.
- This grass head kids craft is such a fun idea! It’s art and science in one…you could even use wheat grass for the hair and then it’s edible. -via Red Ted Art
- Science is all about observing–print off this Garden Journal and help kids learn. -via Happy Mothering
- We are looking forward to starting our spring garden – TipNut has a great list of things that you can both grow start indoors to give your garden a headstart or to have a smaller garden indoors.
- The kids will love to watch their plants grow in sock heads – Happy Whimsical Hearts had a blast making these faces.
- Check out these 10 Ways Preschoolers Learn in the Garden. -via Kids Activities Blog
- Create a mini-greenhouse out of a CD case. -via Curbly
- A good garden has lots of worms! NurtureStore shares how she created a wormery with her daughter.
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Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.