Gardening Activities for the Whole Family

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Gardening Activities for the Whole Family

June 29, 2022
posted by Mindy Stumpf

Gardening with your family can be a blast! Digging in the dirt, smelling the fresh air and picking flowers is not only good for the body but also good for your well-being! It gives little ones a chance to experience new activities and develop sensory skills. We’ve done some daydreaming and we’ve listed some of our favorite outdoor activities to do with kids.


Build a bird feeder or butterfly feeder

Introducing your little ones to nature can be done gradually. As it begins to warm up outside, creating a simple bird or butterfly feeder and placing outside a window can be a great way to watch nature fly by! Butterfly feeders can be made from fruit or sugar water and this simple pinecone bird feeder is always a favorite.


Plant flowers or home-grown vegetables

When you are looking at which plants to grow with children, it can be fun to think about the plants your children will enjoy most! Selecting plants with larger seeds are easier for small hands to handle. Little ones love plants that have strong smells, grow quickly and are recognizable. Sunflowers, peas, pumpkins and squash all meet these criteria. Planting crops that vary in texture from smooth to fuzzy to prickly can also be very fun for little ones to experiment with.

Our Kid’s Wheelbarrow is the perfect tool to help little gardeners with their outdoor projects!  It holds up to 30 lbs and measures just 17 inches tall, making it perfect for ages 3 and up. It has real wood wheelbarrow handles and a seamless steel tray with no-scratch edges. Your little ones will have so much fun helping you in the garden with this wheelbarrow!


Try outdoor sensory activities

For little ones, you can focus on the gardening basic and get them used to being outside with nature. Showing them different kinds of plants, leaves and flowers, having them touch the soil, introducing them to a friendly earth worm and digging holes can all be great activities to get them acquainted with the outdoors.  


Create a fairy garden

A miniature garden just for your little ones can be a fun way for them to build their sense of responsibility while creating something beautiful. Their small size makes them perfect for any space – depending on what they include in their garden it could be kept inside or outside! The whole idea of the fairy garden is to keep things small so finding tiny furniture or extra-small shrubs will make this really special.


Paint pots or rocks

This can be such a fun activity for kids of all ages. Painting flower pots is the perfect activity if you don’t have a backyard and are looking to do your planting in containers. If you already have an established garden, little ones will love painting colorful rocks to help decorate your outside space.


Decorate garden markers

Garden markers help you differentiate one batch of seedlings from another! Your kids can have a fun part in this process by decorating garden markers for you. If they can write, you can give them the names to write on popsicle sticks or if coloring is more their thing, they can paint the sticks before you write the names on them.


Depending on the age of your little one, you can incorporate so many different learning opportunities in outdoor play. From teaching the cycles of plants to where food comes from to fine motor skills involved in digging, watering and picking up seeds, there are so many opportunities to learn something new. Children can also develop a sense of responsibility and independence from their time in the garden, learning the time and hard work that goes into tending to plants.

We hope you enjoy your time outside this spring and summer! Share your favorite gardening activities with kids in the comments below. Be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #radioflyer.


Happy gardening!