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19 Fun and Easy Garden Activities for Kids

You will love these 19 fun, outdoor easy garden activities for kids! It’s not too late to get your kids outside and involved in your flower or vegetable garden! Summer is ⅓ over, so get busy on one or more of these outdoor activities today!

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If you’re looking for ways to get your kids outside and involved in some fun, kid friendly garden activities, gardening is a great option. Gardening can teach kids about the environment, science, math, and more. Here are 19 easy gardening projects for kids of all ages.

19 Fun and Easy Garden Activities for Kids

1. Plant a Pizza Garden

Plant a garden with everything you need to make a delicious pizza when harvest time time comes. You can grow herbs and vegetables for toppings, plus a tomato plant for the sauce. You can even get a pizza growing garden kit your kids will love!

A few plants that would be right at home in a pizza garden include:

  • zucchini
  • peppers
  • onions
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • basil
  • tomatoes
garden scarecrow

2. Build a Scarecrow

What’s a garden without a scarecrow? Did you know that scarecrows date back to Ancient Egypt? It’s true. Farmers have been using some version of a scarecrow for many, many years. Keeping birds away from crops and seeds has been serious business for a long time!

So, one fun garden activity with kids is to gather up old clothes and stuff them with hay or straw to create your sentry. Then dress them up however you like – maybe even make one to look like a pharaoh for fun!

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3. Make a Fairy Garden

Make a special garden for the fairies complete with miniature furniture, houses, and other accessories. These whimsical gardens are always fun to add to as you find new treasures. You can even add some solar lights to make it sparkle at night.

Fairy gardens can be elaborate and expensive or simple and homemade. You can use succulents, bark, leaves, flowers, store-bought, or handmade accessories. If you don’t want to use fairies, you can even use gnomes!

rainbow flower garden

4. Plant a Rainbow Garden

Plant flowers in all the colors of the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple flowers will brighten up any garden. Try to see if you can find flowers that bloom at different times so there’s always something in bloom.

You can also plant a rainbow veggie garden! Vegetables that come in fun colors include:

  • Rainbow chard
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli / cauliflower
  • Pumpkins / gourds
  • Lettuce
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
grow sunflowers

5. Grow Some Sunflowers

Nothing says summer like a field of sunflowers. Planting sunflowers is easy and they make for beautiful cut flowers. They grow big and tall and bring a smile to everyone’s face. You can even plant them in a way that creates a fort as they develop.

Sunflowers are really one of the easiest flowers to grow! They’re great for pollinators and birds. And the best part is the re-seed and come back year after year without any effort on your part.

6. Plant a Butterfly Garden

A great garden activity for kids is to plant a butterfly garden. Kids love to watch butterflies so try attracting butterflies to your yard by planting some of their favorite flowers. Flowers that attract butterflies include:

  • butterfly bush
  • milkweed
  • coneflower
  • zinnia
  • lantana
  • marigold

7. Make a Mud Pie Kitchen

Let the kids get dirty in the mud pie kitchen. They can use real dirt, mud, and rocks to make pies, cakes, and other tasty treats.

To create a mud pie kitchen, place a table and chairs in a shady spot in the yard. Then let the kids get to work creating their culinary masterpieces. Include some spoons and old pie pans for them to use.

8. Create a Stone Soup Garden

Did you ever read the book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown with your kids? This class book is a great thing to transition into a garden activity for kids! Plant a garden with everything you need to make stone soup. Veggies such as carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes are all great ingredients for this tasty soup.

9. Building a Bean Teepee is a Great Garden Activity for Kids

This classic project is perfect for kids of all ages. Plant some climbing beans or peas around a frame made of bamboo poles or sticks. The beans will grow up the frame and create a teepee for the kids to play in.

paint rocks garden activity for kids

10. Paint Some Rocks

Head over to your local craft store and pick up some rocks to paint. The kids can get creative and paint them however they like. Once they’re dry, add them to the garden for some extra color and fun.

You can paint them to look like bugs or make garden markers for your plants. Check out all these fun ways you can use painted rocks in your garden and find an easy diy your kids can follow!

11. Plant a Salsa Garden

Grow all the ingredients you need to make fresh salsa. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro are all must-haves for this tasty project.

Once your vegetables are ready, you can try canning it. Homemade salsa makes a great gift and is always good to have on hand.

12. Make an Herb Garden

Plant an herb garden with some of your favorite herbs. Basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme are all great choices.

Herbs grow quickly and can be used in all sorts of recipes. Once they’re ready, you can even dehydrate them to preserve them for later.

make a garden sculpture

13. Create a Garden Sculpture

Let the kids get creative and make a sculpture for the garden out of sticks, rocks, or whatever they can find. Try creating things like:

  • animals
  • people
  • trees
  • flowers
girls with a table full of carrots

14. Plant Some Vegetables

Encourage the kids to eat their veggies by having them plant a few of their favorites. Carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, and peas are all great choices. Often, even the pickiest eaters will eat vegetables they’ve grown themselves. My kids love to eat fresh peas and tomatoes straight from the garden.

gourd for bird house

15. Make a Bird Feeder

Attract some feathered friends to the garden with a homemade bird feeder. The kids can make one out of an empty milk carton or a recycled plastic bottle.

One of the simplest bird feeders you can make is a peanut butter bird feeder. Just take a pine cone, cover it in peanut butter, and roll it in bird seed. Then hang it from a tree branch and wait for the birds to come. You can also make bird feeders out of gourds like the one we made above!

great garden activity for kids - grow pumpkins

16. Grow Halloween Pumpkins

You can still grow pumpkins for halloween with your kids if you get started right away! Our kids love growing pumpkins and it’s a great way to get them involved in the garden.

Read this post to learn how to grow Halloween pumpkins!

17. Start Seeds in Eggshells

Gardening is a great way to get kids outside and involved in some fun activities. These 15 easy gardening projects for kids are sure to be a hit with the little ones. So get out there and start gardening!

Here are several other up-cycled seed starting containers your kids will enjoy.

18. Let Them Help Make Garden Plant Markers

Making garden plant makers is a great garden activity for kids to help them get their craft on! Kids can draw on paint sticks, paint rocks, or even stamp up-cycled spoons. All these craft ideas will make great garden plant markers that your kids will be proud to display in the garden.

My daughter growing vegetables from scrap.

19. Indoor Garden Activity for Kids: Re-Grow Veggie Scraps Indoors

If you’re looking for an indoor garden activity for kids, try re-growing veggies scraps! Just because it gets cold and gardening stops outdoors, doesn’t mean the activities have to come to end.

Learn how to grow veggies from scraps here.

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