One of the best ways to encourage kids to eat their vegetables and try new food is for them to grow it themselves and then cooking and baking with those homegrown delicacies. Make sure that some of the flowers and vegetables that you grow with the kids are quick growing is a great way to start them off gardening. Although kids don’t need much to start them off gardening giving them their own little set of gardening equipment is a great gift idea and one that will get them outside, learning about where food comes from and once they have grown it you can then help them cook it themselves too.
Gardening with Kids – Gift Ideas to Encourage them to Grow Their Own
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Luckily there are companies that are now making good quality gardening equipment for kids and we’re sharing some of our favourites today. When my daughter was 3 she wanted her own gardening equipment so here’s our favourite recommendations from our searches and what we have added to the collection since.
Gardening Tools for Kids
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Even toddlers can get involved in the garden and as long as you have soft soil then this wagon and tools which include plant pots, trowel and a minitature watering can will work. Check down further for our recommendation for more sturdy and less playable gardening tools for kids.
It’s always good to get kids into the habit of keeping things tidy and this kid-sized garden broom is ideal – we use it because I can tell you that after they have been digging around in their own vegetable patch for a while the soil will be everywhere this makes it easy for them to brush it into a pile and then put it back in to their area.
Wheelbarrow for Gardening Kids
If you use a wheelbarrow then the kids will want one too – you could get a cheap plastic one but from experience, I can tell you that they quickly fall apart and the kids get frustrated – a good quality metal one is excellent and will let them really help you in the garden as well.
Gardening Gloves For Kids
Hopefully, they won’t be picking up thorns but as they weed around their newly planted seedlings there is a chance that they may encounter a plant that may irritate the skin so gardening gloves are a great idea – there are options for blue and green gardening gloves and for pink and green gardening gloves.
Seeds and Plants to Grow with Kids
Growing your own fairy garden could be your child’s dream and these two versions which come with miniature tools, fairy and everything you need to get started is perfect for your little green-fingered kids. One features a fairy house and the other a pond with a bridge over it.
Our Favourite Seeds to Grow with Kids
- Morning Glory Morning Glory Seeds online at Thompson and Morgan or Amazon
- Sweet Peas Sweet Pea Seeds in the UK or Amazon
- Nasturtiums Nasturtium Tom Thumb brightly coloured mix in the UK or Mixed Colour Nasturtium US from Amazon.
- Marigolds Marigold seeds from Thompson and Morgan in the UK or Amazon.
- Poppies ladybird poppies in the UK and Amazon
- Sunflowers Russian Giants in the UK or the Mongolian Giants from Amazon
- Snap Dragons purple twists in the UK are one of my favourites and these White Spanish ones from Amazon.
- Wallflowers My Fair Lady mix from Thompson and Morgan in the UK or an English Garden Mix from Amazon.
- Salad bowl mixed lettuce Seeds – Bright and Spicy in the UK or Mesclun on Amazon
- Cress or Mustard Seeds – Extra Curled (UK) and Fine Curled on Amazon
- Beans – Runner beans are smaller plants and grow quicker than other varieties Speedy in the UK has a great taste and one of the heirloom varieties available on Amazon looks pretty as it grows as well as tasting great.
- Carrots – Carrot Parmex are perfect for kids producing little round carrots in the UK and why not try growing Little Finger carrots perfect for kids available on Amazon.
- Radish – Try French Breakfast in the UK or how about Radish Watermelon on Amazon.
- Herbs – Pick variety packs that let you sample different herbs like the Herb Collection in the UK or this themed herb collection from Amazon.
Books for Budding Gardeners
Although there are many books that you could purchase to add to your bookshelf to help your budding gardeners we have picked our 3 favourites. The first The Garden Classroom by Cathy James writer and creator of Nurturestore combines ideas for education with gardening and takes it all outside through literacy, numeracy, arts and crafts. Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Brown has 52 different activities getting kids outside, gardening and learning about the process of gardening like The Garden Classroom it has a real mix of ideas. The last is Gardening Projects for Kids by Jenny Hendry this is one that I have from my teaching days and loved being inspired by the different projects within the book from items like growing beans in a jar to sunflower growing competitions this is such a great resource for families.
There are some fantastic books for Toddlers and Preschoolers on the Theme of the Garden – we’ve read lots and have selected our favourites that we know you will love as well to share with you. Check out these Gardening Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers to find a book to read aloud together after you come in from the garden.
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