Garden Activities for Kids: A Weekly Plan
By Rachel Wells
It’s never too early to get your kids hooked on gardening! From planning, to digging, to taking care of their plants, gardening can have some awesome benefits including:
- Improved gross motor skills (from carrying gardening tools and digging holes)
- Improved fine motor skills (from planting, raking, and picking)
- Literacy skills (learning the names of different plants, or reading seed packets to learn how each type of seed grows best)
- Cognitive development (understanding cause and effect and the functions of the parts of plants)
- Team building (you are working together to create this garden)
- Patience (waiting for plants to grow)
- Sense of responsibility (remembering to water the plants each day)
If you are ready to dig in, we’ve got you covered with some awesome garden activities that are sure to get your child engaged in the process of growing their very own flowers, fruits, or vegetables.
When planting a garden with kids, keep in mind:
- Your child will be more excited to take care of their garden if it feels like theirs – let them choose what they want to plant!
- Make it fun! Look for worms when you dig, plant seeds in circles instead of rows, or plant flowers in a rainbow of colors.
- Be ready to help – you may need to do some weeding and watering too.
- Spend time in your garden and make it fun! Construction truck toys can help scoop dirt or drive around collecting worms, and fairy houses can be added to make your space extra magical.
Remember to enjoy the process. There is so much for even the youngest gardeners to explore along the way!
Week One: Celebrate Earth Day
is Earth Day. Take time to appreciate planet Earth, and celebrate by talking about ways we can help take care of our planet.
Make a bird feeder, read The Lorax, clean up a local park, set up a recycle bin, or reuse items to make something new.
Week Two: Bring the garden inside
Spend the week learning about plants. What are the parts of a plant? What do plants need to grow? What is the purpose of the roots and leaves? What types of plants grow in your local area?
Try some indoor planting this week. Read Jack and the Beanstalk
and plant a few “magic” bean seeds in a cup. Do you think your bean can grow tall enough in one night to reach a castle just like in the story?
Week Three: Plan it out
Have your child sketch out their outdoor garden ideas on paper. Will you plant fruits? Flowers? A fairy garden? Have older children use graph paper to sketch out their ideas with accurate measurements, and come up with a good solid plan together.
Week Four: Make it happen
Collect your supplies, shop for seeds, and grab a watering can. You can make a simple watering can out of an old milk jug with holes poked in the cap.
Collect rocks and paint them to make garden markers with the names of the types of plants you will be growing.
Week Five: Get to planting
Head outside and begin to plant your garden. When digging, take time to enjoy the process – hunt for bugs, talk about the needs of plants, and enjoy the fun of springtime together.
Make sure to set a daily reminder to water your plants.
Week Six: Make some fruit and vegetable art
So this won’t technically happen on week six – but remember to have fun with your crops and really enjoy the harvest you grew together!
If you are feeling creating, try some of these cute edible treats below: