Inspire Your Kids To Have A Green Thumb

With the use of developmental, social and fine motor skills, gardening can be a great tool for kids young and old. Use these creative and fun ways to get your kids involved in gardening and help them grow, too!

Mom gardening with kids

How kids benefit from gardening

Kids can benefit from gardening in many ways. Not only does it teach children patience, it helps to improve life skills, a child's well being and forms a positive connection between the child and the environment.

Other ways kids benefit from gardening:

  • Teaches kids respect for other living things.
  • Requires a commitment toward something positive.
  • Teaches cause and effect.
  • Gets kids outside.
  • Allows and encourages children to explore.
  • Enhances fine motor skills.
  • Forms early responsibility.
  • Gardening teaches children to love nature and to care for our Earth.

Gardening teaches respect for the environment

Caring for a garden — big or small — is a teachable moment between parent and child. Children will not only learn the process of growing a flower, fruit or vegetable, they will get to experience the process using multiple senses. These experiences, along with hard work, encourages kids to respect their environment and learn how things within the environment work together.

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Healthy habits from gardening

Children are more likely to enjoy healthier foods if they grow them themselves. By planting and maintaining a fruit and vegetable garden with your child, he will feel a sense of accomplishment when there are results and be more likely to explore different tastes out of curiosity.


Visit your local farmers market with your child to experience a variety of garden-grown foods and flowers and to gain inspiration for your home garden.

Gardening locations for kids

Miracle-Gro Windowsill GreenhouseGardening indoors

When an outdoor garden is not a possibility, bring your garden indoors. The Miracle-Gro Windowsill Greenhouse acts as an indoor seed starter and encourages kids to learn about plant life cycles and photosynthesis.

Miracle-Gro 3-in-1 Gardening SetIntroduction to gardening

Introduce kids to the process of gardening and growing seeds with a kit like the Miracle-Gro 3-in-1 Gardening Set. Gardening kits come with everything you need to get started — and everything to get your kids excited about gardening.

Gardening outdoors

If you don't already have a garden, start with a small outdoor space — a few large pots, a side yard planter or a wooden planter box.

Tips for gardening with kids

  • Start as early as you can. Water houseplants and outdoor plants with your toddler, then work up to building your own backyard garden.
  • Do your research ahead of time. Find out which seeds are best for your climate and time of year. You don't want to plant an entire garden with your child only to find out it won't grow properly.
  • Keep covered and comfortable while outdoors. Keep your child and yourself protected from the sun's harmful rays with sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, gardening gloves and appropriate clothing.
  • Make it fun. Plan and make dinners together with ingredients from your garden.

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Comments on "Why you should get kids excited about gardening"

Nicholas Jones September 19, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Oh this is a lovely and very informative post! I for one is a gardener and an advocate of gardening with my own kiddos! We definitely need to teach our own kids the importance of gardening so they know how to take care of our environment and somehow they also grow like us.

Karina June 26, 2012 | 10:15 AM

I agree, Julie! Connecting the dots is what it’s really all about! Gardens truly are a diversion away from all the TV/video game obsession! If kids need encouragement to get out and work in the yard, I always tell people that bribing your kids works wonders. Making kids earn their allowance money by working in the garden or yard will give them an incentive to do it, and the motivation will follow.

Karina June 26, 2012 | 10:08 AM

Thanks, Christina! I certainly do carry my fond memories of working in the yard as a kid with me forever. I probably should have mentioned in my original comment that I maintain the childhood tradition with my family today. If you drove through our neighborhood you would see us outdoors raking leaves as a family or tending to the flowers in our window planters. Hands-on work like this truly is the perfect family bonding experience.

Christina June 25, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Julie, it really does! And what kid doesn't love to be outdoors or involved in a project?!

Christina June 25, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Karina, I love that you have such fond memories of gardening and that special family time. That's something you'll carry with you forever!

Karina June 25, 2012 | 11:23 AM

When I was growing up, my family spent our weekends working in the yard. This included mowing the lawn, trimming shrubs, weeding, planting flowers and watering the grass and flowers. It was very fulfilling, hands-on work. Sifting the soft soil of a flowerbed, being exposed to the beautiful colors and smells of flowers, and producing something that will look nice and make you feel proud is extraordinarily enriching and calming to the senses. I wish every parent would expose their child to gardening and yard work. Who knows, it just may lead them to a career they love!

Julie June 25, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Gardens help kids "connect the dots" in the cycle of life. They also give them a welcome sense of accomplishment when they see what they planted come to life and bear food. In this day of video/TV obsession, gardens are a wonderful diversion for the little ones (and the older ones, too!)

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