You know how kids, especially toddlers and preschoolers, like to imitate mom and dad and do whatever grown-ups are doing? Like gardening! It’s amazing how kids can get engaged in playing and learning when it comes to planting, taking care of plants and flowers in the garden! Here you will find 33 ideas for gardening activities to enjoy with kids!
Gardening Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Children will explore gardening through:
- sensory play
- learning activities
Planting Garden and Working with Vegetables
Invite your child to peel, slice and chop vegetables in our Vegetable Sensory Bin.
Enjoy making and planting spring flowers in our Simple Egg Carton Spring Flower Garden.
Dig for carrots and replant them in little planters in this Spring Sensory Tub.
Invite your children to make Flowers from Play dough with this lovely invitation to play.
Farming Activities and Art with Vegetables
Explore farming and where food comes from in this Harvest Sensory Bin filled with different vegetables.
Ditch your paintbrushes and use broccoli instead in this Color Mixing Activity.
Enjoy classic Veggie Print Making with your toddlers and preschoolers. Change the veggies used for stamps to make an activity fresh and new!
Encourage kids to help out in your vegetable garden with these cute Painted Rock Garden Markers.
Mini Garden and Veggie Art
Mixing up Daisy Soup is a great way to keep Toddlers busy in the garden.
Add an element of calm to your play with a spot of Zen Garden Sensory Play.
Get all of your kids involved in this Collaborative Art Project using Vegetables. Make it big!
Stamp out Shamrocks for St. Patricks Day with big green peppers.
Enjoy singing popular nursery rhyme as you make a Mary, Mary Quite Contrary Miniature Garden.
Stamping with Vegetables and Learning About Planting
Grow your child’s knowledge of all things gardening with this Garden Sensory Bin.
A project to learn what vegetables grow above and below the ground with a plain paper plate.
Use celery to stamp out a colourful Painted Rainbow Fish. Scale will look just perfect!
Tempt your child to try something new to eat from a Fun and Healthy Vegetable Bouquet.
From Garden Display to Coloring Vegetables
Create a Burlap Gardening Board to teach your kids about where veggies actually come from.
Craft a Handprint Tissue Paper Carrot. Isn’t it cute? This would be a great activity to do around Easter.
Use bubble wrap in this print making project to make different fruit and vegetables.
Print these Free Vegetable Coloring Pages out for a quick rainy day activity. Kids can do some coloring while you prepare a lunch.
Gardening Activities from sensory to pretend play
Turn your child’s footprint into a carrot. Easy and quick art for spring or Easter holiday.
Simple sensory play with just Peas and Carrots.
This Vegetable Peel Sensory Tub is perfect to occupy the kid whilst you prepare the dinner.
Set up your very own Vegetable Stand in this fun pretend play activity. Great activity when group of kids is involved in play.
Learning Numbers and Letters with Gardening Activities
Paint some muddy carrots using bubble wrap.
Have fun color sorting these fruit and vegetables. Follow the link to grab a free printable.
Work on number recognition in this Number Flower Garden.
Dig for Carrot Sight Words in this vegetable themed learning activity.
Planing, Scrabbing and Exploring Activities
Babies will love to explore this sensory bin filled with Frozen Vegetables.
Scrub those veggies in this fun water play activity.
Go on a Fruit and Veg hunt in this Sensory Bin and Game.
When it’s too wet to play out in the garden, make one to play with indoors instead.
Looking for more fun things to do with your kids? We want to recommend you our new book – Learn with Play (150+ Activities for Year-Round Fun and Learning)! You will find inside easy to prepare activities for everyday fun as well for all seasons and holidays! Here is a preview for you:
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
- Easy to set up water play
- Playing with rice is fun too!
- To try something new, pick some of the activities with shaving foam!
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