Hey y’all. There’s been quite a bit of you telling us you are gardening with kids, and want some tips for making it a more enjoyable moment. As always, we’ve got you covered!

Cue the image of dirt-covered faces, tiny hands clutching shovels, and the inevitable chaos of plants sprouting up in unexpected places. But fear not, as a former teacher and gardening mom, myself, I’ve got the secret to gardening with kids!

While it may seem like a daunting task to introduce your little ones to the wonders of gardening, the truth is, it can be an incredibly rewarding and fun experience for the whole family.

Grab your watering cans and let’s dig in!

Tips for gardening with kids including a free flowers-themed worksheets.

Gardening With Kids: Free Printables

As many of you know, this is a topic I typically would address on Little Learning Corner. However, since Travis and I share our love of gardening with y’all here on Our Blue Ridge House, this is where we’ll be sharing all about gardening with kids.

🪴 Before we get started, grab these FREE FLOWER PRINTABLES for the kids to do when you go back in the house.

1. Start Small, Dream Big:

When it comes to gardening with kids, it’s important to start small.

Choose a few easy-to-grow plants like sunflowers, cherry tomatoes, or herbs that are sure to capture their attention.

Let them take ownership of their own little patch of soil and watch as their excitement grows along with their plants.

Or, if you have multiple DIY raised garden beds, you can give them freedom to plant what they’d like in their own container.

2. Embrace the Mess:

Let’s face it, gardening with kids is not a tidy affair.

Expect dirt under fingernails, grass stains on knees, and mud-tracked floors. But instead of fighting against the mess, embrace it!

Encourage your little ones to get their hands dirty, explore the textures of soil, and revel in the joy of creating something with their own two hands.

Tips for gardening with kids including a free flowers-themed worksheets.

3. Make it a Learning Adventure:

Gardening is not just about planting seeds and watching them grow; it’s also a fantastic opportunity for learning.

Use your time in the garden to teach your kids about the life cycle of plants, the importance of pollinators, and the wonders of composting.

Turn every gardening session into a mini science lesson and watch as their curiosity blossoms.

This would be a great time to use your free flower printables, shown below.

4. Get Creative:

Who says gardening has to be boring? Get creative with your kids and let their imaginations run wild.

Build fairy gardens complete with miniature houses and tiny furniture, create scavenger hunts to find hidden treasures in the garden, or even host a garden-themed tea party with freshly picked herbs and flowers. The possibilities are endless!

5. Celebrate Every Success (and Failure):

In the world of gardening, not every seed will sprout, and not every plant will thrive. But that’s okay!

Use every success and failure as a learning opportunity and celebrate the journey, not just the end result.

Whether it’s the first tiny sprout poking through the soil or the satisfaction of harvesting your own vegetables, take the time to acknowledge and celebrate every milestone along the way.

6. Keep it Fun:

Above all else, remember to keep it fun!

Gardening with kids should be a joyous experience filled with laughter, exploration, and wonder.

So don’t be afraid to get silly, get messy, and get lost in the magic of watching your garden grow alongside your children.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the secret to gardening with kids is simple: approach it with patience, creativity, and a sense of adventure.

By embracing the mess, turning learning into an adventure, and celebrating every success, you’ll not only nurture a love for gardening in your children, but also create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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Tips for gardening with kids including a free flowers-themed worksheets.

Gardening With Kids