Nothing beats creating a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world in kids, right? So, you wonder how to start gardening with kids?
Sounds brilliant. I am right there with you. I see it now. Laughter, sun shining down on our bodies, harvesting vegetables, my kids eating the vegetables, my kids caring for the garden…
Sounds romantic. Sounds dreamy.
What about this scene? Dirt so far up your nostrils you believe it must be invading your brain, one child having a tantrum because he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty, one child sitting naked in the garden bed, one child dumping 25 tomato seeds in one tiny pocket in the soil, a hose pouring gallons and gallons of water on your poor drowning plants…
Sound frightening. Sounds stressful. Sounds real.
How to Start Gardening with Kids – Mindset
All of the above situations might happen. Actually, you should expect that these things will happen. The difference is in how you respond to the uncertain results of gardening with kids. You could embrace every moment, or you could turn the proverbial nose in the air.
Want my two cents?
Embrace the moments. The dirt, the crying, the failure, the joy of being naked in the soil? All these circumstances are what make the successes – both short term and long term – of gardening with kids worth it.
Have faith. Your kids will value your efforts. Someday.
How to Start Gardening with Kids – Activities
- Seed Tape: How cool is this Seed Tape? Kids would truly enjoy creating it. Plus you can incorporate math! Spacing seeds is a critical component to planting a garden. Valuable knowledge for kids!
- DIY Planter: Check out this super easy to put together DIY Newspaper planter! Kids love to create their own version AND the planter actually works really well!
- Worm Tower: Worms are an important part of our ecosystem! Teach kids about gardening and build a fun worm tower for your outdoor space!
- Seed Star: Create a Magic Seed Star with Kids and you will make their day! A star is a fantastic and fun shape but encourages then children to be creative and choose their own shape. Be sure to space the seeds accordingly!
- Storybook Garden: Planning is an important part of gardening. Teach kids how to plan a garden by making it fun with a theme. I adore this Storybook Garden Activity from Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
- Pizza Garden: One of my all-time favorite books is Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots: Gardening with Kids. In the pages, the author describes how to make a Pizza Garden. What a perfect activity for first-time gardeners! Here is a fun video on How to Build a Pizza Garden.
- Herb Garden: Probably the most ideal sensory experience for children is in a garden. Creating an Herb Garden with Kids takes that experience to a whole new level!
- Gardening Tools: Kids love tools and they love to be helpful. So, naturally, if you can get your hands on kid-sized gardening tools, you're on your way to success!
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