Looking for a great way to get the kiddos outdoors and immersed in nature? Then, don’t miss these 5 Frugal Gardening Activities for Kids.
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1. Create A Small Garden Box With The Kids.
Let the kids help you put together a Raised Bed Garden Box using these helpful step-by-step directions from Six Dollar Family. A raised garden is easy for both kids and adults to reach into.
Once the garden box is ready, decide with the kids what you are going to plant and get after it. Great, easy grow plants include:
For Late Spring/Summer Harvest
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Cucumbers (On a Trellis)
- Green Beans
- Snap Peas
For Fall/Early Winter Harvest
With the kids helping to tend the garden, over time, their excitement in seeing the plants grow and mature will build. For vegetables and fruits, you and the kids can work together to pick out and prepare recipes that include your garden harvest.
2. Plant A Container Or Containers With Herbs.
Besides adding lots of flavor to food, many herbs are simple to grow. Let the kids have fun by experimenting with planting herb seeds or plant starters in unique containers. Ideas include:
- Burlap Bags
- Coffee Mugs
- Coffee Tins or Tubs
- Galvanized Tubs
- Mason Jars
- Metal Tea Bag Boxes
- Rain Boots
- Water Pitchers
- Wheel Barrows
- Wood Stumps
3. Work With The Kids To Make Handy Plant Markers.
Try out these Simple Three-Step Plant Markers From Popsicle Sticks. My son and I had a blast creating them together. This is one of my favorite gardening activities for kids.
4. Build A Fairy Garden Or Two Within Your Garden.
These mini garden scenes can be tucked into outdoor containers or directly into flower or garden beds. For a good tutorial with lots of photos, check out the Fairy Garden post from My Frugal Adventures.
5. Encourage Their Imagination With Some Creative Yard Art.
Projects to consider include:
DIY Birdhouse With A Pretty Penny Roof from Dream A Little Bigger.
Garden Wind Chimes from Sugar Spice And Glitter
Ladybug Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda
Monarch Butterfly Stepping Stone from Flower Patch Farmhouse
Water Bottle Wind Spirals by Happy Hooligans and featured on the CBC Parents site.
For A Load Of Additional Ideas About Gardening Activities For Kids, Check Out:
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children-This book offers some fantastic plans for theme gardens that you and the kiddos can easily put together.
Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden-Hours of fun that you will enjoy as much as the young’uns.
For more fun with the kids: