20 Reasons Why it's Great to Get Gardening with Kids

Gardening offers so many opportunities for young children whether they have a large open space to explore, or a few containers on a patio, the benefits are plentiful.

1) Gardening is a multi-sensory activity & is available throughout the year.

2) It's a pleasurable experience that can create memories that last a lifetime.

3) Children can choose what they wish to grow, & take ownership of their gardening project.

Everything tastes so much better straight from the garden!

4) It offers an opportunity to ponder, wonder & appreciate the beauty of nature.

5) It offers seamless links to maths, science, language & literacy, art & creativity, knowledge & understanding of the world, & so much more.

6) It can encourage an interest & enthusiasm for nature & our living planet.

7) It offers a chance to discover & explore minibeasts, insects & their habitats.

8) Gardening enables children to understand that their actions have an impact.

9) There are endless opportunities to learn about the weather & it's effects on plants & insects.

10) It provides a hands on opportunity to explore the life cycle of plants. How great that in Spring you can plant a sunflower seed, collect seeds from the plant in Autumn, & grow again next Spring!

11) Gardening is an inclusive activity, any age or ability can take part.

12) It encourages fine & gross motor skills.

13) Gardening offers great opportunities for interaction between young & old, parent & child, & between peers.

14) Gardening can build self-esteem, offering a sense of achievement & satisfaction.

15) It offers children a chance to actively explore what helps a plant to grow (heat, light, water, soil etc).

16) Growing a plant enables children to care for & nurture something living.

Preparing the onions before planting

17) It provides an opportunity to explore the seasons & why some plants only grow at certain times of the year.

18) It encourages children to think about where their food comes from.

19) It can encourage children to recycle & reuse (e.g. creating recycled planters, using rainwater, making homemade compost, etc).

Our recycled planters

20) Homegrown food is organic, cheap to grow, & always tastes so much better! 

And of course gardening is fun too!


  1. excellent post. makes me that much more excited to get the plants in the ground today!

  2. What a fabulous list! and I couldn't agree more. We are hoping to grow more than the usual tomatoes this year!

  3. I agree! My boys love our garden!

  4. Amen to that! I am a big gardening fan, making the best of the little space we have in our condo yard. It's so fun to pass this love on to our children.

  5. OH my gosh. I want to kiss sweet Minnie's face. I love this post, Catherine!! You have hit on every positive about gardening, and I love it. Thank you for linking back over at teachmama.com--cheers!