Growing and Gardening Activities for Children

This week is National Gardening Week 2020! As you’ll be spending more time at home, we thought we’d provide you with a few basic growing activities that you can do indoors or outdoors with your little ones.

Why are growing activities beneficial?

Growing and gardening offers so many fun and interesting learning opportunities for children. For example, children will:

  • Learn about different types of plants and what they require to help them grow. They’ll also start to learn about the different seasons, weather and the effects they have on the plants
  • Explore and develop their senses, e.g. touch, smell, taste 
  • Increase their understanding of healthy eating and encourage them to try new foods, and perhaps even foods they’ve refused before
  • Develop hand- eye coordination and motor skills from gardening techniques
  • Learn new words and develop their communication skills
  • Practice mathematics, such as counting seeds and measuring water
  • Learn to be patient when waiting for their flowers and vegetables to grow.

What if I have limited or no outside space?

When you think of growing and gardening activities you might think you need big outdoor spaces. However, with a little bit of creativity it’s absolutely possible to grow certain plants indoors or in small outdoor spaces.

Containers

Don’t worry if you don’t have gardening and growing pots. A number of household items will do just the trick, for example:

  • Empty plastic packaging e.g. milk bottles (cut in half), yoghurt pots, small plastic fruit and vegetable boxes, e.g. strawberries, grapes, tomatoes (plus they already have drainage holes!)
  • Egg shells 
  • Mason or jam jars
  • Old teacups and crockery
  • Colanders
  • Tin cans (just be careful of the sharp edge)
  • Muffin tins/ trays

Space

There are lots of herbs and small plants that can be grown indoors or in small outdoor spaces. You can pick up some of these seeds in your local supermarket. For example:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Cress
  • Scallions
  • Pea shoots 
  • Microgreens
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

(note: some of the above plants will need bigger pots and extra space)


Easy Growing activities

We’ve created free easy- to- follow activity cards to help get you get started with indoor growing!

Grow your own pea shoot hair

Grow your own celery

Grow your own herbs


For more growing and gardening tips and ideas, visit the following websites:

Royal Horticultural Society

School Gardening (by RHS)

BBC- Gardening with children

Cbeebies – Gardening for kids

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