Is it time to teach your little ones how to garden? This all important life skill is something that can and should be taught early! Here are some tips on how to do it.
Introducing Little Ones to Gardening
While we were living in the rv we didn’t have much of a garden, although I did plant a few container vegetables to at least have something green growing in our space. Now we have a huge garden that is healthy and growing right out back.
Several years ago when our oldest was only 2, I thought it be a good year to start introducing our oldest to gardening. Of course, there was only so much he could do and understand right then. But I’m constantly amazed at how much he understood when we work on teaching him life skills and how much he picks up on so fast.
So today I thought I would share some of the little things I’ve done with my little ones to introduce them to the joy of gardening. I hope that you can use some of these ideas with your own family and please share your tips to introducing little ones in the comments as well!
Get Them Their Own Tools
We found some little kid-sized garden tools for my littles online here. I like this set because it’s made from real wood and metal instead of plastic. I’ve also seen larger sets that have kid-sized shovels and rakes for sale at the local hardware store. Those would be good for before the garden is planted but we skipped them because I was a little worried about them digging up plants with them instead of just dirt.
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Let Them Feel Important When Picking
My little ones like to pick veggies and put them in my garden tubs but I also give them their own little bucket to pick with as well. This gives us the chance to pick together so I can show them the different colors and what is ready to pick and what is not. This is a great way to teach preschoolers their colors!
Wash Produce Together
When we are ready to use our produce, our littles love helping wash everything! This could be done outside if you wash your produce before you bring it in the house too, you know a mess is going to be made but it’s a great way to cool down!
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Let Them Enjoy a Mid-Pick Snack
What fun would a garden be if you didn’t take a break to munch on some sugar snap peas mid-pick? Since we don’t use chemicals on our plants, it’s ok for us to have a little snack in the garden from what we are picking. It also helps show the kids that we aren’t just doing work but this is food we can and are going to eat!
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Make Crafts for the Garden Space
There are so many fun crafts that you can do together to spruce up the garden and your little one will love seeing their projects in that important place. Try things like homemade stepping stones or homemade bird feeders.
There are so many fun things that you can do together in the garden that will help your little one learn at the same time! We are having a great summer already and I know that my little ones are learning a lot. These are skills that he can use his entire life and I’m glad for the chance to get to teach them these things and teach them to love gardening and vegetables so early in life!
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What are some ways you can introduce your little ones to gardening? How do they help you in the garden?
This article on Introducing Little Ones to Gardening was originally published on Little House Living in June 2014. It has been updated as of April 2020.