Gardening with toddlers

Gardening with toddlers

Where does our food come from? We can help our kids explore this question and have fun by planting a garden.

Help your child learn where food comes from by planting a garden. Even a little patch of dirt outside can turn into his "farm." If it's winter or you live in a city, make an indoor garden on a counter near the window.

Planting the seed

Plant radishes, bush beans, and lettuce: They all grow quickly, so your child will be able to see the fruits of his labor in short order. Help your child plant, water and harvest his crops. Be sure to celebrate when you're done! If you can, take your child to visit a real farm to watch the planting or the harvest.

An opportunity to learn

All of this teaches your child about consistent care and gives him responsibility, both of which are more important than the actual crops themselves. Don't expect too much from him at this age though – he’ll need all the help he can get!

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My kids love to experiment with different plants and veggies we find at garden centers. Container gardening is a great way to try different plants...even if you don't have room for a traditional garden!

So exciting!


I planted a bucket garden with my little ones this summer. They scooped dirt into the buckets, poked the seeds into the dirt, and watered them every day with their own little watering cans. They watched the progress of green beans from seed to plate and were so excited to taste them. Took hardly any effort at all.

Requires patience


Yes it is a great experience for them but it can also be a great challenge for parent patience

Love to Garden


We live in the country, have a big garden and my 3yr old son loves to dig and help put weeds in a pile as I pull them he loves to see the veggies growing, especially broccoli, he loves broccoli! Teaching him already about growing food and farming.

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