Making Gardening for Kids Fun

Looking for ways to make gardening fun for your child?  Here are 12 tips to make gardening for kids fun.

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#1. Invest in small tools

Small tools that the kids can use are great as they can dig alongside you then.

#2. Use a magnifying glass to make it fun

Take out a magnifying glass to see how many worms, etc. they can spot.

#3. “Bulb races”

Plant bulbs and see whose bulb grows the fastest and flowers first.

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#4. Give Each child their own mini garden

Let each child have their own patch where they can sow seeds of their own.

#5. Sow your child’s name in seeds

E.g. pansies. You can buy some flower packets that give you the tape to mark out their name and the seeds go on the tape.

You might enjoy growing Eggy Cressheads

#6. Kids adore watering!

Get the wellies on, hand over the watering can and/or hose and let them go…

sunflower#7. Measure as things grow

Watching the sunflowers or beans grow taller, measuring them every week.

#8. Use the garden to encourage wildlife

Plant butterfly friendly flowers to encourage garden-friendly wildlife.

#9. Get the kids weeding to help

Show them which plants are weeds and get them weeding.

#10. Plant things to eat

Planting things to eat e.g. cress, rocket leaves, vegetables. Here’s how to grow a pizza garden.

You might also enjoy growing your own salad bowl.

#11. Try plants that come in surprising colors

Try planting some unusual varieties for example purple carrots, striped beets, ‘Easter egg’ radishes.

#12. Visit a Garden Centre

Garden centres are fun places to take kids as they enjoy wandering in and out of the plants and containers. For more inspiration, why not visit a garden centre or gardens near you?

Related: 50 Outdoor Activities for Kids & 60 Outdoor Activities for the Entire Year

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.