10 Garden Themed Activities for Kids

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While I may be a fall person through and through, spring is pretty great too! The days are getting longer, the temperature is getting warmer, and the plants and flowers are beginning to bloom. I look forward to this time of year, just to see the expressions on my children’s faces as they see the world around them transform from the cold dark winter, into a beautiful, blooming oasis.

Gardening has easily become one of favorite themes to teach my children. If you follow me, you know that I love pairing my activities with books. There are so, so many wonderful books about gardens.

A few of our favorites are the following:

Spring Garden Shelfie, favorite garden themed children's books.
Spring Garden Shelfie

-Planting a Rainbow, Louis Ehlert

-Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt, Kate Messner

-Usborne, Peek Inside the Garden, Sam Taplin

-The Curious Garden, Peter Brown

-The Tiny Seed, Eric Carle

There are truly so many amazing gardening books, I wish we had more!

Besides planting in our own garden, we have been enjoying creating garden themed crafts, pretend play, snacktivities, sensory play, and activities. Here is a list of 10, kid approved activities to do when learning all about gardens!

1.) Transform a pretend market into a garden shop using our printables.

2.) Recreate the lifecycle of a seed, by transforming your driveway into an obstacle course using sidewalk chalk, rocks, sticks, and a ball. The goal of the course was to follow the seed (represented by rocks) on its journey to becoming a flower.

Sidewalk chalk obstacle course depicting the lifecycle of a seed.  Based on Eric Carles, The Tiny Seed

3.) Create mushrooms in the garden “snacktivity”. This super simple, fun dessert is made out of chocolate pudding, gummy worms, marshmallow, strawberries, and icing. To make the “mushrooms” all I did was cut the strawberries, and decorate with vanilla icing dots, to look like mushrooms. Then, I placed them on top of a marshmallow. (I cut the bottom of the marshmallow to make it a little stickier)

4.) Adapt to your child's skill level/needs with an interchangeable sorting sensory activity. Set up your bin with a “dirt” base, we used Dirt in a Bucket by Play Visions. It is great for indoor play since it’s easy to mold and easy to clean up! Print/create dif