How to Garden with Kids: 18 Tips from It’s Playtime!!!

I love the sense of awe that gardening with my kids gives them.  They just love watching new life spring from a seed (and let’s be honest, they also LOVE to get muddy).  This is our favorite time of year.  It must be many of yours too as we had a bunch of gardening activities linked up last week (and over the year) to our weekly Kid’s Meme, It’s Playtime.  Thanks to all who contributed:

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Create a compost bin with We made That.  She taught her kids how to be responsible with their waste.

You can recycle DIY watering cans, just like Childhood List.

Share garden fruit together – I love the Garden that At Home with Ali showcased

Have fun creating gardening labels – these are adorable labels created by Dilly Dally Art.

Enjoy a post-gardening snack of garden cupcakes, along with Anna of The Imagination Tree.

Grow edible art and create an egg carton cress caterpillar – inspired by Science Sparks.
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Looking for something simple and easy to grow?  Try peas.  Thanks Educators Spin on it!

Use toilet paper tubes to create planters, from Kitchen Counter Chronicles.

Use an Egg carton as DIY seed pods to start your plants.  Perfect size for a window sill.

Experiment with sunlight and watch the plants follow the sun as you rotate them – thanks Mama Smiles.

Want to recycle those Easter Eggs?  Use the shells as a nutrient-rich seed starter.  Great tips from Babylandia (be sure to translate the page).

Love this Kids garden table – give your children space to create and observe with At Home with Ali.


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What a great way to start seeds.  Housing a Forest had a great idea to a plant their seeds in a sponge.  It contains the sprouts, is soil/mess free and it is able to be planted as a unit.  Brilliant.

Have limit space?  Looking for a contained garden?  Why don’t you make a herb garden inside mason jars?  That is what Weeping Cherries did with her kids.

Another great  Eco-friendly gardening pod to start your plants are the rinds from fruit.  My Romana Apartment used grapefruit peels as plant containers.

Toad Haven had fun learning about plant growth and Eco-systems by creating terrariums from water bottles.

We are looking forward to starting our spring garden – TipNut has a great list of things that you can both grow start indoors to give your garden a headstart or to have a smaller garden indoors.

The kids will love to watch their plants grow in sock heads – Happy Whimsical Hearts had a blast making these faces.


Looking for more reading??  Here is a tutorial on how to create a mini-greenhouse out of a CD case… and a good garden has lots of worms!  NurtureStore shares how she created a wormery with her daughter.


Thanks to everyone who has participated in It’s Playtime over the past year!!!  As always, links back tell us you love us :)  Only kid-friendly posts accepted and by linking up you are giving us permission to grab a photo if we feature you.


About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).