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Gardening Activities for Toddlers

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I love all of these gardening activities for toddlers. If you're looking for a fun outdoor Spring activity for toddlers then get out into the garden and give these a try.

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Where's Santa Claus toddler board book

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

One of the challenges of being at home with a toddler is trying to fill the days with activities. I found that being stuck indoors was always a recipe for disaster - I think we both needed to get outside each day when we could. A great way to do this (and to almost be forced to do it daily - think watering!) is to set up a small garden. Now don't think that you have to be a gardening expert because it's all about the process - you might also learn a few things.

We started our wheelbarrow herb garden and it gave us quite a few activities in the process

  • Reading 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle (available HERE on Amazon)
    the tiny seed book eric carle
  • going to the shops to pick out the herbs (which also involved pushing a mini trolley around the store and a quick play in the playground that they have).
  • Planning our herbs
  • Daily watering of the herbs
  • Using our herbs in our cooking (like in these toddler made scrolls)

We started ours over 4 years ago now and we still use it for our herbs. I'll admit that we've replaced the herbs quite a few times, but it's still been a lot of fun.

I really hope that you enjoy these gardening activities for toddlers. If you do any of them I'd love to see some photos. Share them on Instagram (follow @myboredtoddler and use #myboredtoddler ) or in our Facebook group.

 Toddler Gardening Activities

If you want to start simple I recommend beginning with a simple seed planting activity like this one. 

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

gardening activities for kids

Wheelbarrow Herb Garden

Garden Themed Process Art for Preschoolers with Vegetable Stamping - Buggy and Buddy

Using All 5 Senses in the Garden - Fantastic Fun and Learning

Get Started on Recycled Container Garden - Red Ted Art

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Gum Boot Herb Garden

Pour Painted Plant Pots - Edventures with Kids

Growing Cress Heads - Messy Little Monster

Growing Sunflowers - Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Invitation to Play with Mud 

Garden Yoga for Kids - Pink Oatmeal

How to Make an Animal Grass Head - Mother Natured

Flower Patterning - School Time Snippets

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Easy 3-Step Indoor Herb Garden - The Soccer Mom

How to Easily Grow Garlic at Home - Wise Owl Factory

Air Plant Care for a Fun Indoor Garden - Kids Activities Blog

Make a Toyrarium - Inspiration Laboratories

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Upcycled Fairy Garden - Twitchetts

How to Make Wormery - Rainy Day Mum

Garden Xylophone - The Moments at Home

Making a Play Garden - The Imagination Tree

I really hope you enjoy these gardening activities with your toddlers - they are perfect for 1, 2 and 3 year olds. I'd really love to see some of your gardening activities in action - share them in our Facebook group or on Instagram (use #MyBoredToddler and follow @myboredtoddler)

Some more toddler activities that you might enjoy are:

Spring Sensory Bins for Toddlers 

Spring Sensory Bins for Toddlers feature

Water Play for Babies and Toddlers 

water play ideas for babies and toddlers feature


YVR Hedges

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Thanks for the great post on gardening activities for toddlers! I'm always looking for new ideas to keep my little one busy.

I have to say that I love gardening, so setting up a small garden was a natural fit for us. It's been really fun to watch our toddler learn about the process and get excited about picking flowers or vegetables.