Cool Ideas for Gardening with Kids

It isn't always easy to get children interested in gardening, so we have compiled some are some cool ideas to help you get gardening with kids. There are so many benefits to getting children involved in gardening including:

  • Increased physical activity
  • They learn first-hand about the effects of weather on their local environment
  • Better appreciation for the environment
  • Provides  outdoor and hands-on learning experiences
  • Teaches patience, nurturing and responsibilty

"Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?"

                                                                                                                                                              ~Robert Brault

1. Miniature Gardens

Miniature gardens are the top trend in gardening right now and are a great way to get kids gardening.  Fairy gardens started off this trend,  but  now we are seeing gnome gardens and even dinosaur gardens  sprouting up everywhere. Let your kids use their imagination!

Check out this CityLine segment on building your own miniature gardens: http://bit.ly/1GsOCCT

2. Toys Turned Planters

Planters don't always have to be round and formal. Why not look for ways to use old toys in the garden! Let the kids use their imagination to come up with ideas for fun  and creative toy planters. Because there will be limited soil area for toy planters, stick to sedums and succulents for your plant choices and make sure there is some drainage.

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3. Pumpkin Scarring

An oldie, but a goodie. While the pumpkin is still on the vine and just turning orange, scrape your child's name into the pumpkin. As the pumpkin grows, the scar will grow as well. Just remember the deeper the scrape, the better the growth of the scar.

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4. Colours with Flowers

Gardening provides a  great opportunity to teach young children their colours. Here are fruit, vegetables and flowers that you can grow in the garden that make up many colours of the rainbow!

Red: Cherry Tomatoes and Strawberries (in hanging baskets)

Green: Snap and snow peas

Orange: Pumpkins and marigolds

Yellow: Sunflowers and Daisies

Purple: Pansies, Iris and Salvia

Pink: Echinacea (Cone Flower) and Dianthus

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5. Sensory Planting

Gardening is a great way for kids to experience the different senses. Lamb ears, lavender, rosemary, and other herbs are perfect to grow in your garden for this reason.

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6. Children's Cutting Garden 

Kids love to bring dandelions in and display them, so why not take this to the next level? Coneflowers, Peonies, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Daisies, Zinnias, Tulips, etc. are great plants to grow, cut and arrange indoors.

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7. Seed Starting

Get your little seedling to grow plants right from the seed. With kids it is best to use toilet paper or paper towel rolls (cut in quarters) as a place to grow the seeds. Use soil and plant seeds directly into the cardboard roll.

Tip: If you want to get the child to be responsible for watering the seeds/seedlings, give them a spray bottle to they can mist the soil of the growing plants. This way they will be able to be involved, but will not drown the plants.

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