Gardening Activities for Kids
Hello friends, hope you all are doing well. Today, I am going to share some very easy gardening activities for kids. Since we are still not going outside and spending all of our time at home, I am always looking for engaging & fun activities for my son. Apart from playing, dancing, singing, and doing DIY and art & craft, we have also included gardening as an important activity in our daily routine.
The best part about gardening is that this is the only activity that can give children a feeling of being outside. They can be close to nature when attending to plants in the garden. The gardening activities have proved quite beneficial for my son.
Do you know garden activities can help reduce stress in children and improve their concentration?
We all know how the pandemic has made our life tough and we are constantly battling with our overwhelming emotions. But do we even realize that this situation is equally stressful for our children too? They can’t really understand what the pandemic is and why they are still not allowed to go outside or meet their friends. But I am sure parents can feel the stress build up in their kids.
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Nemit loves being close to nature & he enjoys spending time with plants. During the lockdown, I started involving him in gardening activities and I saw an instant boost in his mood. I have even noticed an improvement in his concentration. He’s learning to be patient and calm while spending time with plants.
So, parents if you have not yet started involving your kids in gardening activities, I would suggest that you do so now. Let your child spend time with plants. There’s no right age for a child to participate in garden activities, start as early as possible. You can simply start by showing them how to water plants and pull out the weeds. And gradually move on to complex activities like planting seeds, making organic fertilizer, preparing the soil for transplanting, etc.
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Gardening activities are also an excellent way to learn about plants and healthy eating. You can talk about types of plants, parts of a plant, edible parts of a plant, seasonal vegetables, and fruits, pollination, seed germination, and many more. Since this will be practical learning, they will remember it forever. Alright now, let’s start with the gardening activities for kids.
Easy & Fun Gardening Activities for Kids
1- Planting seeds in a DIY plastic bottle planter
First, you need to prepare a planter for this activity. We have made a DIY planter using a waste plastic bottle for this gardening activity. Please involve your child while making the DIY planter and talk to him about the concept of recycling and upcycling objects. We have simply cut a rectangle on one side of the bottle. You may also cut it in half and use it. Here, Nemit’s Nani has made a planter using an old light bulb, isn’t it looking beautiful?
We have tried planting coriander seeds, you may use any seeds that are available at home and plant cuttings. If you use coriander seeds then you have to first prepare them before planting. Take seeds and crush them gently so that the husk opens up. Now, soak these seeds in water for 1 day. The next day you can plant them.
Here’s a quick video of Nemit showing how to plant seeds in a DIY plastic bottle planter. Check it out!
2 – Gardening Activities for Kids, Planting Tomatoes
Now, this is a really fun activity for kids which you should definitely try. This was actually a task given by Nemit’s teacher during the online class where children were supposed to plant tomato seeds on their own. Again this is an easy activity which kids will definitely enjoy.
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You just need 1 tomato cut into thin slices for this activity. Check out this video where Nemit is showing how to plant tomatoes.
3 – Plant a Flag and Grow a Seed
Now, this one is quite an interesting way to grow a plant. Last year, on Independence day, my husband received an unusual gift from his office. It was a Seed Flag Kit and we found it just amazing. That was actually a paper flag with a seed inside it. Nemit wore that flag on his white t-shirt to school for the Independence day celebration. And, in the evening we planted that in a pot that came along with the kit.
Guys, Independence Day is around the corner, why not try this kit instead of buying plastic flags this time. Check out the video below –
I hope you liked these easy gardening activities for kids. And, if you don’t have a garden but want to create a cute little green corner in your house then you can check out the below video. We have converted our small boring balcony into a beautiful and interesting balcony garden in just 5 simple steps.
Do tell me in the comments below how you liked these gardening activities for kids. And if you are already involving your child in the garden what all activities are you doing together.