Introducing gardening to kids can be an exciting and enriching experience.
So, how do we get kids excited about planning, creating, growing, and harvesting a garden?
Allow the child to discover the wonders on at his own pace and in his own time. Let the child lead his own interest and development by observing and finding his hook.
My Garden Planner – A Beginning Activity for Kids
Download this FREE garden printable for children to draw up and create their garden. Supply children with stickers, markers, crayons, seeds, real plants, and so on. Allow children to use their imaginations to create their dream garden. There is not right or wrong garden plan at this point. The goal is to hook the child.
Help a Child to Discover Gardening by Finding his Hook
Hook the child by observing and understanding his interests. You don't want to push a child with little interest in gardening. You can customize the child’s path of discovery. Every child brings a different passion and strength to the garden, which makes for a successful garden experience. Consider every child on his own accord and approach your teaching in that way.
12 Ideas for Hooking Kids onto Gardening
- The Zoologist – match animal to favorite garden food
- The Entomologist – study the good and bad bugs, or study spider webs
- The Mathematician – seed counting, seed matching, and sprout measuring
- The Artist – paint with plant brushes, sun prints, seed collages, petal collages
- The Industrialist – build a small garden tool chest and focus on the gardening tools for kids
- The Meteorologist – study the path of the sun
- The Geologist – This soil activity is also a good one for kids.
- The Engineer – build or design a garden bed
- The Researcher – identify the native plants in your area
- The Reader – check out these gardening books to ignite a child’s excitement about growing his own. These children's books about seeds are wonderful.
- The Botanist – study plants that work well to place near one another and plants to place apart. Study Parts of the Seed with real seed parts, or Parts of the Flower with real flower parts.
- The Historian – create a timeline of events such as time from seed planting to plant harvesting or study a historical figure such as Anna Comstock or Rachel Carson.
Gardening is great for development of executive functioning skills. Encourage the children to take their garden plans to the next level by choosing seeds and watching sprouts grow. I look forward to sharing these ideas and posts with you. I hope you'll share your progress with us!