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.
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.
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.
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!
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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