Have fun and get the kids outside with these backyard garden activities for kids. Spark their natural curiosity by playing in the dirt. Enjoy the sense of wonder as you explore these fun gardening activities with kids
DIY backyard garden activities for kids
Flower Seed bombs
Make wildflower seed bombs or seed paper using left over recyclable materials. Try materials like newspaper, paper towel, tissue paper of egg cartons. Follow the easy step by step tutorial on the DIY post below. See just how easy it is to make this simple garden activity with toddlers!
Winter sow in greenhouses
If you still have snow on the ground or seeds to plant but it’s too early in the season then try winter sowing your seeds using milk jug cartons as green houses!
Plant a Fruit Tree
Our beginners guide to planting fruit trees and starting a small backyard orchard or food forest will help you feed your family for years to come. You’ll learn how to grow fruit trees and fruit bearing plants with tips and tricks for planting, maintenance and preserving. And yes, it’s totally possible to get the kids involved!
Planting Peas in a Pot
Peas, along with radishes, spinach and lettuce are some of the first spring plants we can directly sow outside. Plant peas in pots with your kids. We used branches from winter windfall to build an arch for the peas to climb.
Paint Terra Cotta Pots
Paint terra cotta pots and plant marigolds in them for a sweet mothers day gift for mom! All you need is pots from the dollar store and some acrylic paints.
Painted Rock Garden Markers
It’s gardening season! As you plant those seeds and seedlings into the ground, it can get a little confusing trying to keep track of what was planted in which place. Garden markers are a great way to keep everything organized, and these painted rocks are a cute, frugal way to mark your garden!
Plastic Cup Seedlings!
This is a brilliant idea for starting indoor seeds with children such as tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins and beans. Children will be able to see the growth and development of the roots through the clear plastic cup!
Plant a Three Sisters Garden
Planting a three sisters garden is an traditional Indigenous gardening method based around the symbiotic relationship of corn, beans and squash. Not sure what I mean? Plant a small crop of corn, plant beans around it and plant squash around the beans. You’ll see just how well the three do together!
Plant a Pizza Garden
A pizza garden is a fun circular garden bed that includes common pizza ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, basil, and other herbs. Use a string line to across to garden bed to determine where to plant different herbs and vegetables for a final garden bed that looks like pizza slices!
Just don’t forget to make a fresh pizza together during harvest season!
Rainbow Butterfly Garden
A rainbow butterfly garden is a fun rainbow shaped or rectangular garden bed that incorporates all the colours of the rainbow with a variety of plants. Sing the rainbow song as you plant, “Red, Orange, Yellow, Green falls by Blue, Indigo and Violet, that’s a rainbow song for you!”
The fun part is picking plants that butterflies love in the right colours.
I’ll start you off with Marigolds for red, orange and yellow, dahlias and zinnias are some of my other favourites for this gardening activity!
Introduce your children to the fun and exciting world of composting by making a compost cake. I also like to make a compost smoothie in the spring, by putting all of my Kitchen scraps like coffee grounds, egg shells, raw veggies and banana peels in an old blender and hitting pulse. This is a great hack for a quicker composting.
By now we’ve all seen these amazing bean teepee ideas! They are great for growing a fun and exciting shady spot for kids and adults. Go ahead and check out this cool idea below!
My toddlers absolutely love watching the birds eat bird seed from their bird feeder we made outside their bedroom window. Use bird seed and make a bird feeder from whatever recycled material you have lying around the house. Enjoy watching the excitement!