8 Garden Projects for Kids

Involving children in fun gardening activities provides valuable opportunities to enjoy the spring and summer weather while helping to instill a love of nature in your little ones.

The magic of watching a seed grow that they planted themselves, or the joy of creating a beautiful picture from leaves and petals is a feeling they are unlikely to forget.

These garden activities* are appropriate for young children with adult supervision, or older children looking for a bit of a challenge.

I have also included a number of tips and creative variations to help you work with your child’s needs and changing interests. The directions are written as if you were doing the activity on your own, but it should be easy to understand where to include your children, depending on their age and level of ability.

So have fun!

*We would like to thank the New Zealand WWOOFer who suggested these activities to us last year. You’ll always be a Star in our eyes.

Next: New uses for empty toilet paper tubes


- Toilet Paper Tube Planter -

What you’ll need:

- Soil from the garden or some potting mix
- A couple of large seeds
- Empty toilet paper tubes


- Take your empty toilet paper tube and stand it upright in a small container (ie, an old organic soy yogurt container or something like that).
- Pack the toilet paper tube with soil. This will work best if the soil is somewhat moist.
- Sow a single bean or seed in the toilet roll tube.
- Water the seed regularly.
- When the seed germinates, plant the whole tube in the garden.

Tips: This activity works particularly well with peas, sunflowers, and other larger seeds.

Next: A new take on the classic scarecrow


- Bird Scare-er -

What you’ll need:

- Old shoelace or bits of string
- Old CDs
- Shredded plastic bags or old cassette/videotape


-Tie a string or shoelace around the CD (the other end of the string will be tied around a fence post or on to a stick in the garden.
- Decorate the CD with different-colored strips of shredded plastic bags and cassette/videotape.
- Hang the decorated CD by its string on a fence post or attach it to a long stick, in the garden, and let it hang over your veggies.
- The noise and movement will frighten unwanted birds away from your veggies and fruits.

Tip: Even if you don’t have any birds eating your veggies, these “bird scare-ers” can make beautiful and fun decorations in the garden or hanging near the house.


Next: Seed bug stories


- Seed Bugs -

What you’ll need:

- Pinecones/acorns, other hard seeds and non-toxic berries
- Vegan glue (such as Welbond)*
- Twigs and other items found in nature that could make “legs or a tail”


- Use pinecones/acorns for the body and smaller seeds or non-toxic berries as the head. Glue them together.
- Add a set of twigs for the legs and glue, tape or tie them onto the pine cone/acorn body.
- When the seed bug is finished, ask the children to name their bug and/or make up a story about it.

Variant: Another fun way to get older children involved in this easy project is by having them assist younger children in writing down their seed bug story.

*Many glues include casein and other animal products.

Next: Uses for old watering cans and rain-boots


- Whimsical Planter –

What you’ll need:

- Old rain-boots, watering cans, wheelbarrow, teapot, teacups, hat or bag
- Potting soil or soil from your garden


- Fill your favorite old items with potting soil.
- Plant seeds directly into your soil filled rain boots or old teacups and watch them grow! If the object you’re using for planting does not holes in the bottom for drainage be careful not to over water.

Tip: Hats and bags make particularly good hanging planters for trailing strawberries or tumbling tomatoes.

Next: Collages


- Collage -

What you’ll need:

- A bag to put your art supplies in as you collect them
- Leaves, petals, twigs and other natural material you might find on a walk
- A vegan liquid glue* (such as Weldbond)


- Go on an art-collecting walk to find your materials. Pick up any leaves, petals, small pinecones and other fun collage items that have fallen to the ground.
- Bring items home, then glue, tape or string them together on a piece of paper to make a beautiful collage.

Variation: Adding in pictures from an old magazine, paint and/or glitter are fun ways to add variety to this activity.


*Many glues include casein and other animal products

Next: Easy adorable bird feeders


- Easy Bird Feeder –

What you’ll need:

- A string or a position off the ground to place your bird feeder
- A good-sized pinecone
- Nut or seed butter of some sort
- Birdseed or a mix of sunflower seeds and millet


- Tie a string to the top of your pinecone or find a secure place off the ground to set your feeder once it is finished.
- Take the pinecone and smear a light layer of nut or seed butter on the outside of the pinecone (so the seeds will stick.)
- Sprinkle birdseed or your mix of sunflower and millet over the pinecone until it is completely covered with seeds.
- Hang the feeder in a tree or place it somewhere the birds will be able to reach it off the ground.
- Sit back and watch them enjoy their treat.

Variation: Take a whole apple and press nuts and seeds into the outside of the apple.

Next: Making music with nature


- Wind Chimes -

What you’ll need:

- String
- Twigs, pieces of driftwood, bamboo, abandoned shells or other items found in nature that will make a beautiful sound while clinking together in the wind


- Collect your natural material; it is best to have at least one larger twig or piece of wood that you can hang the rest of the items from.
- There is no set formula for creating your wind chime, but a good place to start is with a “T” shape.
- Decide which piece you would like to be the main support for your chime.
- Hang the rest of the twigs and other items you’re using off this piece of wood.
- When you are finished tying shells, twigs and other pieces of wood on to the top of the “T” shape, tie a string in the middle of your piece of wood and hang it somewhere it will move in the wind.


Next: Tepee and garden rooms


- Outdoor Plant Tepee -

What you’ll need:

- Poles (bamboo or other light woods work well)
- Bean seeds or other climbing plants


- Create a small tepee, big enough for your child to sit inside, with sticks or bamboo poles crossing over each other.
- Plant bean seeds, or another climbing plant, at the base of the tepee and allow them to climb up the poles to create a secret room in the garden for your little ones to play in.

Variation: If you find creating a tepee big enough for your child to play in daunting, you can also have your child help you create a small tepee big enough for “fairies” or butterflies to live in.
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Jennie C.
Jennie C.1 years ago

grow a pet TickleMe Plant! it moves when Tickled!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

super love it!

Jane Martindale
JANET MARTIN3 years ago

No more slide shows. Allow us to print & view on a SINGLE PAGE

Jane Martindale
JANET MARTIN3 years ago

No more Slide Shows. Print as a single page with images, or at least give the option.

Jane Martindale
JANET MARTIN3 years ago

NO SLIDE SHOWS. Put on a single page.

Jane Martindale
JANET MARTIN3 years ago

I agree - NO SLIDE SHOWS. Put on a single page.

Jane Martindale
JANET MARTIN3 years ago

All on a SINGLE PAGE vs a SLIDE SHOW much better. I agree.

Ann T.
Ann T.3 years ago

These are easy, fun projects that any kid would love to do! Thanks for sharing.

Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker3 years ago

fun projects

Shirley Z.
Shirley Z.3 years ago

Wonderful article! Love finding creative ways to teach the Grandchildren about nature, the earth and where their food comes from. Bonus is I have fun too!