Fun gardening inspired activities for kids to try

July 30, 2018 Published by


“Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow.” 

– Horticultural Therapy Association of Victoria 


Make a terrarium

This is a great way to allow your child to get creative and teach them how to care for plants.  


Rock painting

Rock Painting is another way for your child to develop their creative skills; all you need is some rocks and a set of marker pens or paint pens.  If you varnish the rocks, they can be used to decorate your garden…. or you could hide them for someone else to find (there are lots of organised groups around the country). 


Grow sunflowers

Sunflowers are easy to plant, grow quickly, and transfer well outdoors; they are a great way for teaching children how to look after plants and about life cycles (when the flower dies, you could save some of the seeds for next year.)  Also, sunflowers grow really tall so you could incorporate some maths learning by comparing and measuring them. 


Create a bug house

This is a lovely activity for allowing your child to get creative and learn about minibeasts.  Older children can follow the instructions themselves, the younger ones will need some help.    


Thumbprint flowerpot

All you need is a plain terracotta flowerpot and some paint.  Again, your child can get creative with their thumbprint creations – it could become a butterfly, an ant, a bumblebee or a flower… the possibilities are endless.   And then, you can pot up some plants and teach your child about what plants need to grow (as well as learning the science, you will also be teaching your child about responsibility and commitment).  


Make a bird feeder

It is important that we teach children how to care for wildlife; by creating a bird feeder you are not only doing this, but also encouraging them to really take note of their surroundings – it’s a good opportunity to talk about what kind of animals, insects and birds visit your garden.  Perhaps you could keep a tally of the different things that you see (great for observational skills).  This activity is also good for developing your child’s ability to follow instructions.  


Grow plants from food scraps

Did you know that some of your food waste could actually grow into a plant?  This activity is good for developing your child’s ability to investigate and test out a hypothesis.  Which food scraps will actually grow into a new plant? It will also encourage them to use their observational skills and could also practice recording skills. There is lots of scope for learning in this simple gardening activity. 


Water bottle wind spirals

Creating Water bottle wind spirals is another crafty activity that is good for developing pen and scissor control (and it is a good way of recycling old water bottles).   Children will love watching their creations dance in the wind.   


An eggshell succulent garden

Another brilliant way to teach children about caring for plants.  Growing and looking after plants also teaches children about responsibility and commitment. 


Make a fairy garden


This is a simple way of letting your children express themselves creatively.  Give them some simple natural resources and watch their creative juices flow – older children can make their own items to adorn their garden (a bench made from some sticks or a pond made from a cut up bottle…)  And it isn’t just fairies who get their own gardens – you could make one for your child’s favourite small world figures:  What would a garden for a superhero or pirate look like?


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This post was written by Claire Gillies

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