Getting kids outside for garden activities makes learning fun. The garden is full of learning and adding pre-planned activities helps kids learn even more. 

30 Garden Activities for Kids

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Getting kids outside for garden activities makes learning fun. The garden is full of teachable things and adding pre-planned activities helps kids learn even more. There is no place I can think of that has more to offer kids than the garden.

Layered dessert showing layers of soil using chocolate chips for bedrock, pudding for subsoil, crushed oreos for topsoil and coconut for organic matter

If you don’t know how to grow food, these videos can help you learn the basic 101 of gardening. Check them out.

Preschool garden activities

We grow a lot of our own food in the summer. The kids plant everything in our 50+ raised beds and containers. They harvest most of it as well. We do a lot of the weeding and maintenance, but they help with those chores too.

While we are spending time in the garden, we also do gardening projects, crafts and art as well. For example, we have grown our own wheat and ground it into bread. In addition, we grew our own cotton and spun it into yarn. We also planted bean seeds and did these Jack and the Beanstalk finger puppets.

spinning combed cotton into yarn.

We have studied butterfly life cycles and learned about metamorphosis too. We plant things that attract adult butterflies to lay their eggs. Then we collect them and observe them. Since we have the host plant, we can feed the caterpillars that hatch.

For a printable lapbook to teach kids about the life cycle of plants, check this out.

monarch butterfly on a zinnia in the garden

We have painted rocks for our garden and other decorations too.

Here’s a link to a great vegetable garden planner you can print right out and use at home! So cute!

In addition, we grow our own luffa sponges. Luffas are a sponge that grows on a vine. In fact, it’s actually a gourd. We grow the vines every year and harvest the luffas to use. You can bathe with them, make soap with them, use them to wash dishes or your car. There are a ton of uses.

luffa sponges that kids grew

Also, we grow birdhouse gourds. We harvest and dry them and then make them into birdhouses. The kids can decorate them too.

birdhouse gourds growing in the garden
Birdhouse Gourds

Check out this super fun garden bingo game for kids!

garden bingo game mockup

Our preschool garden is planted and tended by kids ages 1-4. No one is too young to enjoy the garden. I don’t keep kids under 1 year, but even infants can have wonderful sensory experiences in the garden.

Beginning Gardening Videos

You can teach kids about germination, how to make compost, how to attract butterflies, and so much more with simple time spent in a garden. I love the garden and so do my kids.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, sometimes the lessons learned in the garden are hard. Sometimes the kids don’t listen. Sometimes things die or get stepped on. But there is so much to learn even in that. So, don’t think disaster will prevent you from having garden success and learning.

There is a ton of science besides just life cycles that can be taught with garden activities for kids. Even learning how much water your garden needs is a great learning experience. We use old tuna cans to measure for water needs in the garden.

We also learn a ton of math in the garden. Seed depths, numbers of seeds, sorting seeds, saving seeds, measuring how tall an okra plant or sunflower are is super fun as well. The learning goes on and on. Click here to see more about what kids can learn in the garden.

measuring in the garden, how many toddlers tall is an okra plant? Kids are laying end to end next to a tape measure used to measure an okra stalk. Garden activities for kids

Fun garden activities

You can grow vegetable soup, like the book. Plant the things you’d like in your soup and at harvest time, make the soup.

Making an egg head. Take an empty eggshell and fill it with soil. Sprinkle a few grass seeds on top and water in. You can draw a face on the egg and water it well. Place all the eggs on the window sill in an egg carton and watch them sprout. You can even give them haircuts and the grass will grow back.

We made these layers of soil dioramas that we were able to eat. The kids loved stirring 3 drops of green into the coconut and smashing up the oreos. I made homemade pudding like the recipe that goes in this pie for the subsoil and the bedrock is different sized chocolate chips.

cup of snacks with different layers like the layers of soil in teh garden, organic material, topsoil, subsoil and bedrock
clear plastic cup showing layers of soil with chocolate chips for bedrock, pudding for sustrate, crushed oreos for top soil and green coconut for organic matter
cup with chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, chocolate chips and coconut to represent layers of soil.

Here’s a link to a free printable pdf of the layers if you’d like to use it.

Layers of soil labels

Kids watering seedlings in plastic cups with a watering can sitting at a table outside.

Grow a pumpkin in a pumpkin. Take a pumpkin and cut the top out like you would to make a jack o lantern. Leave all the goop inside. Fill it with soil and water it well. The seeds inside the pumpkin will sprout and grow pumpkin vines. It helps the kids to understand that the seeds you take out are how you grow more pumpkins. Click here to see how to roast pumpkin seeds and make pumpkin stamps too.

Making leaf glitter in the garden. In the fall you can use dried leaves of different colors to make glitter. When the leaves are dry and crunchy, crunch them up into really small pieces. Put glue on your paper and sprinkle the “glitter” on just like you would any other glitter and dust the excess off. It’s really cute.

More garden activities

Check out this printable garden journal for kids from Mama on the Homestead. So cute!

kids gardening journal mock up

For garden activities for toddlers, check these out.

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