Gardening for Kids: 10 Kids Garden Ideas

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Have I ever told you that I really dislike Summer? I am much more of a winter person but when a cooler season is on the horizon like Autumn, I think of all of the wonderful things I can enjoy doing in the garden without feeling like I need to turn the hose on myself or without the fear of getting burnt after only 10 minutes of being in the sun.

We are blessed with a gorgeous and very established garden full of beautiful trees (including fruit trees), flowers, birds and at night time, possums and on the odd occasion, bandicoots! I really want to introduce the joys of our garden to Elliott a bit more this coming Autumn and turn our gardens into an outdoor classroom.

It’s so important to get outdoors with the kids, isn’t it? To let them get their hands dirty, appreciate the different colours and textures, learn about the animals and plants and it’s great for the adults too, it’s a great form of time out (my favourite time out is actually going our chicken run and cuddling my chickens).

I’ve put together these kids gardening activities that I just adore and that are on my infamous to-do list. There’s so many great ideas here!

Reuse formula tins as plant pots

I while ago I created this post on ways to reuse formula tins but didn’t include this cool idea! What a lovely way to bring your garden to life with colour and some lovely flowers. The best thing is you don’t have to spend money on numerous plant pots, and….I just happen to have the perfect pole! Find out how to do this at The Endearing Home.

reuse formula tins in the garden

Seedlings in eggshells

This is a fun way to start seedlings and the best thing is that when they’re big enough to plant, you can plant the whole egg into the ground because they will naturally decompose. This is great for us because we have chickens and lots of eggs! You can find out more at Instructables.

seedlings in eggshells

Golf ball lady bugs

Well this idea is going to go down a treat. My parents live on a golf course and my dad has boxes full of old golf balls. Looks like we’re going to have tonnes of little golf ball critters around the garden! Find out how to make them at Art Drops.

lady bug golf balls

Garden ABC Letter Hunt

Elliott is at the stage where he’s giving his ABC’s a bit of a go and I thought this activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning would be a really fun and it can be modified as his ability develops.

alphabet garden hunt

Create A Fairy Garden (or Dinosaur garden)

We created this fairy garden in a bathtub a year or so ago now and unfortunately it’s no longer with us due to a bit of neglect and being trod on by various animals. I’d like to give it another go though, perhaps in a different tub of some sort. I’m sure Elliott would love to have some sort of a dinosaur garden…ROAR!!!

fairy garden in a bathtub

DIY Bird Seed Monogram

We are so lucky to have an abundance of birds at our place. This is seriously so easy to make thanks to The Country Chic Cottage .

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DIY bird Feeder

While we’re on the topic of bird seed, I came across this amazingly easy backyard bird feeder which is so easy for toddlers to put together! I’m doing this one too, we’re going to have all the birds of the neighbourhood at our place soon!

DIY bird feeder

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Mud cupcakes

Ok so I’ll admit it, it’s taken a bit of time for me to get used to the whole getting messy part of childhood but now I’m OK with it and want Elliott to get as dirty as possible. He may be a little bit frustrating to have in the kitchen but by all means, he can go crazy making these mud cupcakes in the backyard!

mud cupcakes

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Create a veggie garden

Last year in May Elliott and I created the best ever veggie garden. We got a great crop of beetroot, silverbeet, pak choy, kale, snow peas, spinach and coriander as well as some funny shaped carrots (apparently too much fertiliser can make them go a bit wonky). But, unfortunately, summer came along as well as a long period without rain and the veggie garden died. Now with cooler weather on the horizon, the old veggie garden pulled out and replaced with weed matting and fresh mulch, I am very keen to create a veggie garden again. This is what our garden did look like. You don’t have to be a pro at it, just make sure you do your research on what vegetables go best in sun, shade or part shade and pick the most suitable location in your yard to take into consideration how much sun/shade it receives during the day. This is an awesome way to teach kids where vegetables come from, how they grow and more. You could even try point 1 and start your plants from seedlings now. It’s definitely a cheaper way of growing plants from seeds.

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This is the actual produce from our veggie garden – pak choy, snow peas and coriander. 

Build a scarecrow

We have some gorgeous birds come into our garden. Many I don’t know the names of, but then there’s ones you probably do know like Kookaburras, finches, cockatoos, magpies and rainbow lorikeets. The other bird that we get regularly in our yard are the crows. ‘Stone the bloody crows’ as my Grandad used to say. Yes, sometimes I want to because they hover around our chicken run and annoy poor old Dottie and Gertie. I’m also worried they are possibly stealing their eggs if one of them decides to lay one in the open instead of their nesting box. I’ve been trying to figure out how to combat this and I’ve decided that Elliott and I need to make a scare crown. Not one that’s too big and scary because I don’t want to scare the chooks too, perhaps one that’s Elliott’s size. Here’s a great tutorial from Little Green Fingers on how to make a mini scarecrow…and hes in kids clothes too!

how to make a scarecrow

Which of these kids garden ideas is your favourite?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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23 Comments

  1. LydiaCLee
    February 23, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Love the ladybugs. We do a bit of vege planting in pots – just for the sake of it…she loves to watch things grow. But we usually lose interest and they die before eating. Good thing the school has a crazy garden that grows HEAPS of veges….

  2. LydiaCLee
    February 23, 2015 / 6:05 am

    btw, you’re disqus just tried not to recognise me…but then it did….

  3. February 23, 2015 / 7:09 am

    You have inspired me to get back into the garden. Summer is just too hot for gardening. I would love to plant a few veg and resurrect the herb garden. My kids would love it!

  4. February 23, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Some fun ideas here. I’m a bit over summer and am really looking forward to autumn too, but that could just be my pregnancy talking 🙂 I love the golf ball ladybugs … although my naughty Labrador would most likely make off with them in the garden! We have a small veggie patch set up in pots and my girls love it, particularly now that we have some actual vegetables growing that they can pick and eat!

  5. February 23, 2015 / 7:16 am

    Great ideas Eva. We really need to start a veggie garden, will put it on the to do list.

  6. February 23, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Such cute ideas Eva. We don’t have a big garden so opportunities to garden with the kids are limited but I have been wanting to do some herb pots so this could be a great chance to get the kids involved! Jx

  7. February 23, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Yes, also over Summer! I can’t take the heat and don’t like taking kids out in the blazing sun! I love your gardening ideas, especially the formula tins one and the golf ball ladybugs! Def hoping to get more creative with the garden once it cools down. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. February 23, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I am so much more of a winter person too…can’t wait to snuggle up in my fluffy socks and onsie soon!! Your gardening ideas are lovely, I just wish we had the time to do some of them!

  9. February 23, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I am a winter person too. I loved this ideas and have bookmarked them. Thanks for the link up.

  10. February 23, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    I love the eggshell seedlings, that’s a really cool idea. We don’t have any garden at all, Dave and I are just too lazy to put in the time and effort to maintain one. We have two jacarandas and a dead gum tree in the back yard, all of which need to come out (dead gum tree for obvious safety reasons and the jacarandas because we are worried that the root system is starting to get under the house. I really wish I had a green thumb, maybe one day when I’m a bit older!

  11. Fleur @ Our Urban Box
    February 23, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Great ideas. I want to start a veggie and herb garden with the kids one day. I think they would love it. I think the scarecrow would be fun too. x

  12. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect
    February 23, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Some beautiful ideas here, unfortunately gardening is not a strong point with me. Everything I seem to touch I kill…

  13. February 23, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    I love these beautiful fun ideas for kids. It would work! I have a busy little girl *wink*.
    Thanks for the link up too.
    Blessings

  14. February 23, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I love the formula tin idea and I’m going to give the birdfeeder idea a go for my budgies.

  15. February 24, 2015 / 12:15 am

    Thanks for hosting. I’m dreaming all things Spring and gardening this morning when it’s only 20 degrees outside.

  16. Tash from Gift Grapevine
    February 24, 2015 / 1:13 am

    What a fantastic selection of ideas Eva. My tornadoes love making mud pies – such a great idea to make them with patty pans too. Will definitely try that. I might even sacrifice an old muffin tin. We are in the process of prepping some garden beds for herbs and vegies. The kids enjoy adding food scraps and ground coffee everyday to mix into the soil. It’s looking healthy but we are waiting for the weather to cool before we plant – way too hot and humid over here in Perth!

  17. February 24, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Loved these ideas Eva – And bless you for posting pictures of green and growing things. Right now we’ve got growing are the snowbanks! Have pinned this post.

  18. February 28, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I love the idea of reusing formula tins as plant posts – painted in different colours look so good. I like, you have a massive to do list of things i would like to do with the kids.