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Garden Projects For Kids


Garden Projects For Kids

Garden Projects For Kids

Getting the kids involved in the garden is easier said than done, especially if gardening seems like a chore to them. The key is to make time spent in the garden fun and interesting, and to create a garden that is inviting and whimsical to them. Garden projects are a great way for kids to create an appreciation for nature and instill a desire to spend time outdoors exploring, observing and playing.

Try any of these garden projects for kids to help them celebrate, adorn and share the flowers and vegetables growing.

Build a Scarecrow

A fun scarecrow is a great way to add character to a garden, but also serves the purpose of keeping critters away. Children of any age can help design and build a scarecrow, contributing clothing, stuffing the body with straw and choosing the perfect spot to set up the scarecrow.

Plant Braiding

There are so many plants in the garden that can be braided for fun and practical purposes. Vegetables like garlic and onions have been braided and stored for centuries, so if you have any in your garden, get children involved in braiding. Seeing their braided columns of vegetables hanging in the pantry for cooking instills a sense of pride in both the growing and the cooking of food. Flowers like thyme, rosemary and daisies are all great for braiding. Braid the stems into crowns, bracelets or just weave them into hair.

Flower Pressing

Not only is flower pressing fun and a great way to create gifts and trinkets, there is also the ability to learn and teach basic botany. Allow kids to gather one of several different types of flowers or green plants. Find a heavy book and assist children in placing each flower between a pair of white pieces of paper. Place flowers and paper in between pages of your heavy book and wait a week for the flowers to be completely pressed and dried. Help children identify and name different features of each flower, noting the difference between the basic shapes of leaves and petals– rounded vs pointy petals and jagged vs smooth leaves. Use glue to mount dry flowers to cardstock to create notecards or frame.

Upcycled Critters

Once your children have spent some time in the garden they will have noticed that it is teeming with insects and birds. Help children identify the different types of insects they are seeing and whether they are beneficial to the garden or not– most insects are. To add whimsy to the garden, let children use their creativity and imagination to come up with model insects using only items from the recycling or the trash. Soda bottles make great ant, bee or spider bodies. If the critters are weatherproof, add them to the garden!

Garden Property

Most children have to wait for Halloween to come around before being able to personalize a pumpkin. Children can get a head start when they grow their own pumpkin, squash or other gourds by using tack pins to create designs or their initials into the hard skins of each vegetable. When the vegetable is pulled from the garden, it’s ready for fall and can go straight onto the doorstep for display.

How do you involve your little ones (or big ones) in your garden?  What do you grow in your garden?  Do you have a big garden space or a container garden?

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Comments

  1. 22
    ellen beck says:

    I am an avid gardener and what I have learned over the years is kids will eat what they plant! If they get to plan and help and harvest even trying new things is a breeze.

  2. 21
    Maryann D. says:

    Gardening projects are always fun for kids. These are great ideas and I have always wanted to grow pumpkins myself!

  3. 20

    We are planning to start an herb garden. They can get out there and get dirty!

  4. 19

    I’d never heard of braiding either. I like the scarecrow idea!

  5. 18

    Oooh plant braiding. I love that idea. You have some great tips on how to make gardening fun for kids!

  6. 17
    Toni says:

    What fun ideas for fall. My daughter would love these so we may have to try our hand at them.

  7. 16
    Tess says:

    Its that time of the year for outdoor activities. Lots of great activities for kids.

  8. 15
    Tara says:

    We love to have our little garden projects. Planting veggies and herbs and using them in recipes is such a great feeling.

  9. 14
    Liz Mays says:

    We’ve pressed flowers many times, but I didn’t know about braiding. That’s a neat idea!

  10. 13
    Brett says:

    I need to find out more about braiding. We have garlic :)

    The kids each have a little raised bed. They are a huge part if our garden

  11. 12

    We plant a big veggie garden every summer and the kids love helping with planting, pulling weeds and picking and eating!

  12. 11
    Pam says:

    My kids have always enjoyed making scarecrows for the garden and planting herbs! Great ideas.

  13. 10

    I love flower pressing. I am going to do that this year.

  14. 9
    Keikilani says:

    We are going to be working in the yard a lot this year. I know the kids are gonna get a lot of time in the backyard and dirt. This looks like a great activity for the fall.

  15. 8
    Shauna says:

    What great ideas. MY little ones used to garden with their grand-dad all the time, but his health turned and they haven’t done it in some time. They hope to get back to it soon

  16. 7

    We grow a garden, but I have the kids help by planting plants that they want to enjoy; picking out the flowers and then also helping to weed. I never thought of these more “FUN” activities. Great ideas.

  17. 6
    LauraOinAK says:

    Love all these ideas with the kids. My boys have always enjoyed helping pull weeds or plant seeds as it involves getting dirty.

  18. 5

    We have a small garden. I just started it a couple of years ago. My niece loves it!

  19. 4

    We grow lots of vegetables and herbs in our garden. Our kiddos always help with the maintenance and harvest of our garden. Hopefully, that will get them hooked on gardening their own food when they move out on their own.

  20. 3
    Keely Hostetter says:

    We have a fairly big area for garden. My kids love helping plant and getting their hands dirty so it doesn’t take much to get them involved.

  21. 2
    shelly peterson says:

    These scarecrow sounds like a cute idea. I don’t have my own yard to have a garden but my friend does. Sometimes the kids help out with it.

  22. 1
    Christina Easter says:

    I will definitely have to keep this in mind for end of Summer Crafts!! This will be great for the Fall!

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