8 Dec 2011

Gardening for Kids

Posted by bcsands

gardening for kidsMost kids love getting involved in the garden, but sometimes it can be hard to find projects for them to do, especially for younger kids. Here are some easy ways to get them in the garden and have fun.

Pot plants

A few pot plants by the back door are an easy way for young kids to get involved without crawling all over the dirt in the back yard – and meeting the spiders and snakes that hide there. Start from scratch, by getting the kids to help you choose the pots and then fill them with potting mix – for that great ‘getting dirty’ feeling (but do wash their hands thoroughly afterwards). Let them help you put in the seeds or plants, and then be responsible for watering – the small amount of water needed for a pot plant is easy for a child to carry. Keeping the pots by the back door also makes it easy for you to supplement any watering as necessary, without necessarily criticizing a young child for forgetting or missing the pot altogether with the water. Then they can still be proud of the results!


Kids love seeing these giant flowers grow and the large seeds are easy for them to plant. If you have more than one child, then let them have a competition – planting a few seeds each to see who can grow the biggest. It’s a great way to show slightly older kids the importance of regular watering without it seeming too much of a chore.

Pick-able Flowers

If a child is scolded every time they pick something from your garden, then they will quickly see gardening as a parental thing that they should not get involved with. Choose a part of your garden to plant some flowers that grow really fast and encourage your children to pick those flowers rather than your precious roses or lilies. Make a fuss of every little bouquet and put them in a vase.

Take advantage of the ‘I grew that so I’ll eat it effect’

Struggling to get kids to try fruit and vegetables? Get them to grow their own! They will be much more interested in trying something that they have put effort into, and, what’s more, organic home grown vegetables can taste better than the supermarket ones. It’s also a great way to teach kids that not everything needs to be perfectly round and blemish-free to taste good.  In fact, kids are often charmed by unusual things – you may find them fighting over the strangely-shaped carrot or the wonky zucchini. Start with small quantities of anything new, unless you like to eat it too!

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