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Gardening For Kids: 10 Creative Garden Ideas For Green Little Fingers

May, 11 2021

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Let’s be honest, not all of us were blessed with magical green fingers. But gardening doesn’t have to be a chore, oh no, in fact, it’s an ideal activity to keep the little ones, the whole family, in fact, entertained!

Don’t have a garden? No problem! We’ve put together 10 creative garden ideas for getting those little hands dirty. Best you grab those rakes, garden gloves, and some potting soil, as things are about to get green, very, very green!

 

1. Easy Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders

gardening for kids - pine cone bird feeder

If you aren’t quite ready to get stuck into the soil just yet and are looking for a fun garden craft to try first, then these easy homemade bird feeders are an excellent way to keep little hands busy!

Best of all: most of the items needed can easily be purchased from the grocery store or foraged on your next walk, especially for these easy peasy pine cone bird feeders!

What You’ll Need:

  • Scissors
  • A bowl
  • Child-safe knife
  • String or ribbon
  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter or lard/fat *should anybody suffer with a peanut allergy, use the lard*
  • Bird seed

 

How To Do It:

  1. Tie a piece of string to the top of each pine cone.
  2. Spread peanut butter or cooking lard over the surface of the pine cone.
  3. Roll the pine cone in bird seed.
  4. Hang the pine cones in a tree for the birds.

For a few alternative bird feeder ideas, click here.

 

2. Build A Terrarium!

gardening for kids - terrarium

No garden? No problem! Simply build a terrarium! 

That’s right, not having a garden doesn’t have to stop you from getting stuck into some planting. Oh no, if anything it means that you will soon become a terrarium-making expert *these make great gifts for mom, dad, granny, and grandpa*.

For some rather snazzy (but super easy) terrariums, we suggest you take a look at this nifty Youtube “How to build a terrarium 101 tutorial”, video before you get stuck in!

Wonderdal boasts the “Wonder garden” where young gardeners can enjoy a virtual gardening experience and grow a plant from seed to harvest, from understanding photosynthesis to the importance of plant diversity and so much more. Click 👉 here to book a fun-filled visit with us

 

3. Make A Mud Pie

gardening for kids - mud pie

Ok, so this one might not be particularly educational but it sure is fun! And great for sensory play, particularly with the little ones. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Varying types of soil (some more clay-like)
  • A small bucket or container 
  • Water 
  • Plastic table covering, if being done on a balcony

The rest is pretty straightforward, although to sweeten the deal, add a little prize for the best pies and for those who help tidy up afterward! 

 

4. Make Plant Pets!

Have a few pairs of ripped pantyhose that can no longer be used? Pass them over, we’ll be using them to make plant pets! 

See whose pets will grow the longest grassy head of hair and who has the smiliest face of them all.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pair of pantyhose
  • Potting soil
  • Grass seed
  • Craft supplies: wobbly eyes, khoki pens
  • Craft glue

For a detailed description of how to make your very own plant pet, simply click here!

 

5. Kitchen Scrap Gardening

Included an avocado in the family’s delicious salad? Save the pip! And any other scraps (seeds, roots, etc) from those yummy veggies because we’re about to grow a kitchen scrap patch!

Ok, it’s more of a glass jar kind of garden, but just wait, you’ll see, soon you’ll have your own home-grown spring onions to harvest for the next salad.

What You’ll Need:

  • Vegetable and fruit scraps (oranges, lemons, limes, sweet potatoes, avocados, carrots, spring onions)
  • Containers (recycled glass jars)
  • Potting soil
  • Water

For detailed instructions on how to create your very own kitchen scrap garden, click right over here.

Are you ready to come and discover Gomma? Gomma hides in the Wonder garden and grows all the food the Amuki eat. Click here to meet Gomma and friends

 

6. Wildlife Inventory 

gardening for kids - butterfly

Little gardeners are not only required to know how to plant or look after their plants but it’s always a good idea to have knowledge of all of the little creatures one can find in the garden too…

Let’s answer the question: “Who lives in your garden?”

Explore the garden ecosystem and find out who calls your shady tree or that ever-expanding bush, home.

What You’ll Need:

  • A notepad 
  • Coloured pencils 
  • Identification guides
  • A digital camera (optional)
Start exploring your leafy garden, vegetable patch, or local park trees, and get mom and dad to help write the names of all of the slugs, bugs, and butterflies you spot during your garden or park adventures. Remember to draw a little picture too and if you have access to a digital or phone camera, take a snap of the little creature!

 

7. Plant A Spekboom!

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We love our local wonder plant aka the Spekboom! 

Spekboom is a sprawling shrub or small tree and tends to grow in rocky landscapes and areas. Circular leaves that are bright green or even pale grey are common and the plant bares a dense crown of succulent leaves or stems. 

Fact: The Spekboom is also known as the ElephantBush or Dwarf Jade.

Did You Know: The Spekboom helps fight climate change and air pollution?

That’s right, our wonder plant helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by acting like a sponge, improving air quality. 

To read more about this incredible local plant, click here!

 

8. 2 Litre Plastic Bottle Garden!

Recycling while growing more plants? Done! We love this garden DIY project which turns recycling plastic bottles into gardening vessels.

The technical term is Hydroponic Gardening and valuable lessons that will be learned from this DIY project include:

  • The growth cycle of a plant
  • What plants need to grow 
  • Where food really comes from.

For a detailed tutorial on Hydroponic Gardening and how to do it, click here! *We see many new plants in your future!* 

 

9. Grow A Pizza Garden…

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Image source: HDTV

How to make the perfect pizza pie? By adding your very own home-grown fresh pizza toppings, of course! Grow your very own pizza garden - no, pizzas don’t grow on trees silly! But they are made even more delicious with the freshest produce!

The Pizza Garden is a circle of soil, divided into “pizza slices” for each ingredient - need a better idea? Take a look 👉 here.

All that’s left to do is to decide which toppings to plant! Mmmmm, we think basil, oregano, tomatoes, baby marrows, and peppers sound good to us!

10. Eggshell Seed Starters

Eeeeeeek! This is a super cute gardening idea for kids! Like Instagram-worthy cute (you know, for your own IG profile moms). 

Give seeds a happy little starter home by planting them in recycled eggshells before transplanting them into pots. *Gentle cracking of eggs required here - we suggest whipping up some healthy scrambled eggs or even a delicious carrot cake!*.

What You’ll Need:

  • Egg shells (tops cracked off)
  • Potting Soil 
  • Seeds
  • Some water
  • A cardboard egg tray
For an egg-cellent (lolz) tutorial on how to make Eggshell Seed Starters, simply click here

 

11. The Wonderdal Virtual Wonder Garden

Virtual Wonder garden at Wonderdal

Don’t have a garden? Or simply don’t feel like a garden-style mess being created (planted) - don’t worry moms and dads, the little ones can still learn all about the wonders of a garden, simply by visiting Wonderdal! 

That’s right, a trip to Wonderdal means learning about how plants grow, photosynthesis, and more! All it takes is a simple stop at Wonderdal’s Virtual Wonder Garden.

The Wonder Garden forms part of the Seven Interactive Learning Zones, with a strong focus on:

  • Plant growth and process
  • Different types of fruit and vegetables
  • Body Coordination
  • Photosynthesis and biodiversity

To read more about this immersive gardening experience Wonderdal has to offer, simply click 👉 here.

Not only will these gardening ideas foster potential flora fingers, it will also teach young earthlings the concept of responsibility and how to care for their environment and in effect grow their love for our planet earth. 

Happy Gardening! X 

The Amuki & Wonderdal Team
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The Amuki & Wonderdal Team

We look forward to sharing the wonders and magic of Wonderdal with you and your children. Wonderdal is a space where kids can explore, discover and experience a world of wonders in science, biology and nature. We hope this blog inspires you and your kids to be curious, to play and to discover the wonders of our world, together.

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