Getting kids outdoors and in the garden without complaining about the heat or bugs is a cinch with these fun gardening activities for kids! Once plants are in the ground (the fun part), how can you keep kids engaged and encouraged?
I reached out to some other home and garden bloggers for some of their best activities for kids in the garden, and they delivered! Check out all the fun your kids can have in the garden this spring and summer!
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Fun Garden Activities for Kids
- Garden Seed Bombs by Conservamom. Grab some flower seeds and construction paper to make these bright and fun seed bombs! Easy to make and fun to grow, your kids or grandkids will be amazed at how they can grow these or gift them to friends.
- Gardening Memory Game by Teach Me Mommy. This garden game is perfect for preschoolers and lower elementary! The printable game cards have pictures of common gardening tools and helps, which builds garden vocabulary. This game is perfect for a rainy day indoors or taken outside to play in the grass, and it can be enjoyed over and over!
- Egg Carton Seed Starter– One of our most popular posts to get kids in the garden is this fun seed starter cups made from an egg carton. Skip the plastic trays at the hardware store and instead use what you’ve got to get those seeds started!
- Garden Tic-Tac-Toe by ChickenScratchNY- Get the step-by-step instructions for creating this adorable outdoor tic-tac-toe set that can be used all year long. Get the kids or grandkids on board to help paint the rocks, and you’ll have a game set that can be treasured for years.
- Seed Paper Cards by Craft Invaders- These handmade seed paper cards are the perfect gift for teachers, friends, or even wedding guests. And the process for making the seed paper simply includes paper towels, seeds, and glue! This amazingly simple idea is beautiful and functional.
- DIY Tin Can Garden Markers– If your kids love to paint and garden, then this craft is perfect for them! Use old can lids to create these fun garden markers. These would make a lovely handmade gift for any friend who enjoys gardening. Replace the veggies with pictures of flowers for those who enjoy flower gardening.
- How to Build a Fairy Garden with Kids by Finding Zest- Fairy Gardens are an incredibly fun to way to get kids using their imaginations and growing plants at the same time. These tiny gardens are the perfect size for tiny hands. And finding tiny items to go inside a fairy garden is like a treasure hunt. These great tutorial from Finding Zest will show you what you need to get your kids started on a fairy garden.
- Yogurt Cup Planters by So Easy Being Green- Ever wish you had a purpose for those empty yogurt cups from your kids or grandkids? Well Lindsay at So Easy Being Green has a great way to reuse them… planters! Use those small plastic cups, just perfect for tiny hands, as a place to start seeds and watch them grow!
- Upcycled Mason Bee House by Turning Back the Clock- I love any opportunity for my kids to understand the importance of insects in our environment, and this upcycled mason bee house does just that. Mason bees need a home and I’d rather that not be on the wood of their swing set. So we can happily provide them an abode with this fun project. Bamboo, string, and a recycled can will help you kiddos make their own Bee House!
- Tin Can Lid Garden Markers by Creative Green Living- Garden markers are always a fun activity to get kids involved with, and Carissa uses upcycled tin can lids to create these fun hanging garden markers. Your kids and grandkids will be able to personalize the lids to their taste. They can use them to mark whatever they’re growing in the garden!
- DIY Chalkboard Garden Markers– Another way to get kids involved in marking what they’re growing is this fun activity that uses old cutlery as garden markers. Use chalkboard paint to create the board surface, and then let the kids mark away!
Get Kids Growing in the Garden
I hope this list gives you some inspiration for getting your kids or grandkids outside and growing this season. There’s so much to learn about where are food comes from and all of the elements that go into making that happen: soil, seeds, sun, pollinators, harvest!
I’d love to know if there are any fun gardening activities that you’ve used in the past. Comment below and let us know!