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How to Teach Kids to Garden

This collection of DIY activities for kids is a great guide to peruse to plan your summer gardening!

Updated August 03, 2020
How to Teach Kids to Garden

Gardening is one of many people’s greatest joys in life, and while it might be something you want to share with your children, you might not know how to. While there is no single way for how to teach kids to garden, there are some activities that are easy and great ways to get your children interested in gardening.

Giving your children their own space to garden in will teach them about setting and respecting boundaries, and will let them express their creativity in their own space. Flowers are easy for kids to plant and see immediate results with, while seeds show off the science of growing something from scratch. Finally, kids can have a great time decorating your garden, whether they’re making stepping stones or painting planters. Find your first kid-friendly gardening project in our list of beginner ideas below!

Help Your Kids Make Their Own Gardens

Help Your Kids Make Their Own Gardens

If you have the means, get your kids their own supplies to garden with. This can be their own gardening gloves, watering can, trowel, and/or shovel, which will allow them to feel like they have a space in the garden. You can also give your kids an actual space to work in your garden, such as a section of dirt for them to learn how to use their tools and eventually plant in or a planter that they get to do what they want with. 

While it might seem simple, letting your kids dig around in empty dirt can get them used to gardening as well as used to getting their hands (or gloves) dirty. 

Show Your Kids How to Plant Flowers

Show Your Kids How to Plant Flowers

While all plants are great even if they aren’t as colorful as flowers, flowers are an easy tool to use to teach your kids about gardening. Not only can you get trays of different colored flowers for each of your kids, but you can teach them a lot of important gardening skills this way, such as:

  1. Digging a hole as deep as the tray is, so that the flowers have enough room to grow.
  2. Learning about different types of soil and fertilizer, and what each kind does.
  3. Taking the flowers out of the tray carefully, and then breaking up the roots so that they can thrive in the dirt better.
  4. Setting up a watering schedule to make sure that the flowers last.
These are some easy, beautiful flowers for your kids to plant:

Help Your Kids Plant Seeds

Help Your Kids Plant Seeds

While flowers give off a sense of instant gratification (as your kids will be able to see their garden in all its glory immediately), growing seeds is also a great activity to do with your kids. Growing plants from seeds is a very educational way to get your kids interested in gardening, especially those already interested in science.

If you don't have a yard or garden, you can teach your kids to garden using indoor planters (such as the ones below) or at a community garden in your neighborhood. Gardening is a very rewarding skill that your kids will benefit from, whether they have a backyard garden or not!

Let Your Kids Decorate Your Garden

Planters are easy, yet personal touches that your kids can make for your garden. Whether you let them make the planter from scratch, or help them decorate it with paint and other supplies, they'll be able to see that they left a mark on the garden whenever they go outside. There are many other decorative pieces that can help make your garden belong to your kids as well, such as stepping stones that can be made with simple materials and turn out beautifully. 

Any type of garden decoration can go along with the plants that your children help grow, and they can even customize their plants with DIY plant markers. Whether they use rocks or household materials, they can learn the names of plants while getting creative with their skills.

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