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Are you searching for fun activities or gardening gifts for kids (or grandkids!) that will occupy them <for hours> and get them away from the technology without complaining? Many of the fun garden themed activities for kids below will give children hours of enjoyment and even teach them a thing or two. Best of all worlds, yes?
How do these gardening activities and toys benefit your kids?
- Helps them be more balanced by getting them away from electronics
- Gets them outside and into some fresh air
- Occupies them for hourssss
- Teaches them life skills such as how to grow their own vegetables
- Shows them natural consequences such as what happens when they do not water their plants
- Teaches them about the outdoors and the natural world
- Easy way to teach them chores as they may have to water their plants or make sure their butterflies are doing alright
Fun Stuff To Do With Kids At Home Below!
In this post, I mention if the item is educational and on occasion, give you some additional spurts of inspiration on how you can enhance it so your child can really go to town with their new, fun activity!
Creativity For Kids
Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium Science Kits for Kids
As of April 2020, this is Amazon’s top recommendation for nature gifts for kids. It’s incredibly cool. Your kids can grow their own habitat with this kit. It comes with (and I quote) “plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister to keep your terrarium watered.”
The kids also get to decorate the outside of the terrarium with translucent glow-in-the-dark stickers that light up their terrarium at night. This perfect STEAM activity mixes science and art. Hurry and buy this before everyone else discovers it and they run out!
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Light Up Dinosaur Terrarium Kit
For the dinosaur loving kids!
Enchanted Fairy Garden
This is an adorable little kit that you can put together with your child (can we say bonding time??). It comes with everything except water. Potting dish. Enchanted flower house. Flowers. Butterflies. Potting soil. Seeds.
This kit will give your child the chance to show his or her creativity as they paint and decorate their fairy garden.
Recommended for kids age 7 and up.
Enchanted Fairy Garden-Unicorn Paradise
Could not resist adding this adorable unicorn fairy garden with its real plants and flowers!
Vegetable Garden with Root Viewer
This indoor garden kit for kids can be started anytime! Is it December 25 and snowing like banshees outside – OR – the middle of Summer in Florida and there is NO WAY on God’s green earth you are stepping outside to plant anything-no matter how much you love your child! This little garden set has you covered.
It is a clear, plastic planter that comes with soil and vegetable seeds. It allows your child to watch her vegetables grow indoors. It even comes with the soil and seeds: radishes, carrots and green onions. What a great science project AND an excellent way to generate enthusiasm for the next growing season.
You can even promise her a little plot in the yard so she can grow even MORE of her fav vegetables! Think of all that time she will spend outdoors and away from the gadgets by growing her own veggies?
Gardener’s Tip: I humbly recommend you put this greenhouse in a south facing window if possible. That will give it the best opportunity to grow. If not, east or west facing will do.
Live Bug and Butterfly Village Habitat
This is probably one of my fav garden gifts for kids. You know what I love most? This mesh container was created specifically as a habitat for bugs and butterflies. The fun part of this toy is that it comes with a mail in voucher for five butterfly larvae and their food.
You can also do more than grow butterflies in this. It will hold other insects or bugs your child brings home. It has both a large door to accommodate a net and a small door for putting your child’s new finds in it.
The STEM.org authenticated habitat is 11.5” tall and recommended for ages 4 and up.
Outdoor Exploration Kit
There are some days I wish I was 8 again because I would have died and gone to heaven over this incredibly fun explorer kit. It comes with binoculars, flashlight, compass, large magnifying glass and emergency whistle. Think of the fun exploration your kids can do outside with this fun backpack kit!
According to Amazon reviewers, this kit is better for kids ages 5 and up due to the smaller pieces.
Kid’s Gardening Set
This kid size gardening set is totally complete! It comes with a sturdy bag with pockets; shovel, rake, trowel, small child’s size gloves, 4 non sharp/splinter free garden stakes, and a cute watering can bucket. Additionally, you get a fun children’s book on How To Grow A Garden.
I humbly recommend that with this gift you throw in some seeds of your kid’s fav fruits and/or vegetables as well as maybe a few starts so he has something to work with right away. For example, Rainbow Chard is very pretty and fun to watch grow. OR, how about some flowers that you know attract butterflies or bees???
Buy this set and watch your little one learn how amazing Mother Nature is!
Radio Flyer Kids Wheelbarrow
This adorable Radio Flyer kid’s wheelbarrow is super sturdy with its metal construction. The round tray edge to keep little fingers from being scratched. The wheels are also super sturdy. Rated 4.4 out of 5.
Recommended for ages 3 and up.
This push mower is pretty darn cute. It blows bubbles, makes mowing sounds and moves the “motor” as your child pushes it along your lawn or driveway. While you are out mowing your lawn, your child will be mowing alongside you while also getting some exercise.
It even comes with the bubble solution.
Recommended for ages 2 to 6 years.
Full Size (for Kids) Garden Tool Set
This full size garden tool set comes with two types of rakes, a hoe and a shovel. Very colorful but sturdy with a real metal head that is stronger and thicker for standing up to any kid’s garden play. The handles are wooden.
The tools are 27.5 inches long and great for kids age 7 and up. They do give a warning that adult supervision is recommended. I would imagine this is due to the sharp edges on the shovel and hoe.
Order some of their favorite vegetable and flower seeds and let them create! I wish I had discovered gardening while my kids were young. They could have learned SO much about the circle of life AND wonders of Mother Nature! <sigh>
Additional Indoor Activities For Kids
DIY Maze Planter and Botany Kit
THIS IS FUN!!! It is a design your own terrarium maze. It is totally recommended as a great STEM project for your kids. It teaches phototropism and of course, botany. The kids can make the plants grow in specific and interesting ways. What’s really cool is this kit is reusable over and over. Think of all the fun experimental plants you can start in this maze! I am thinking Jack’s Beanstalk. Areyouwithme??
Small FYI, seeds and the growing medium do not come with the kit.
Flower Garden Building Playset
For as long as this blog post has been published, this gift has been hands down, one of the most popular – and I can totally understand why. It is SO colorful and fun.
The playset has 130 colored pieces including 8 bases, 52 stem and leaf pieces, 34 stamens and 34 brightly colored flower pieces. The flower species are lilies, daisies, morning glory, plum blossom, orchid, hibiscus and murraya paniculata. Your child can mix and match any way he or she wants to create the floral arrangements. She will be occupied for hours with this playset!
Some of the developmental skills this toy addresses are: Color and Shape Recognition, Fine Motor Skills, Thinking and Problem Solving Ability and Design Ability.
I came across this great review.
“I bought this for my 3 year old daughter. She absolutely loves it! We sat down and created a flower garden, she then tore it down like Godzilla and rebuilt another garden. I’m so happy I purchased this.”
The playset is made of ABS plastic thus is safe for the recommended age group of 3 and up.
Botany Experimental Greenhouse Science Kit
This incredibly cool STEM friendly greenhouse science kit will teach your kids about plants and seeds by allowing them to conduct experiments in a “specially designed botanical laboratory”. She will even construct an automatic watering system to keep the plants from getting too thirsty.
They will be growing beans, watercress, and Zinnia flowers, learning how each plant has different needs.
BONUS: It comes with a 48-page, full-color illustrated guidebook that teaches botany fundamentals and the step-by-step instructions for the hands-on experiments.
Small warning. Although this kit did have 4.2 out of 5 stars, I did see some complaints about the seedlings not lasting very long and one of the reviewers did not get his 48 page instructions (which sounds pretty vital to the whole kit – I did see only the one complaint though).
TickleMe Plant Deluxe Greenhouse Kit
When touched, this unique TickleMe plant’s leaves close and the branches droop. This STEAM appropriate kit comes with everything your kid needs to grow his own plants – including the seeds, plant pots, growing medium and greenhouse. For those blessed children with a short attention span (had one of me own!), the seeds sprout within days of planting to ensure your child stays interested. Additionally, 6 paint colors come with the kit so he can paint the greenhouse while he waits for the seeds to sprout.
PS Amazon has a video on how the plant reacts to touch. It’s verrrry interesting. Just click on the product image above to watch the video.
Tractor Supply Insect House
Okay. Couldn’t resist this last activity! An insect house will provide hours of entertainment watching the bugs “live” in their new home!
Let the shopping fun begin!
Shopping for kids is always fun. It’s even more fun when we can find them something that will get them away from the screen and using their brain. Maybe squeeze in a little physical activity too! My list of gardening gifts for kids will not only teach them how to love nature but will also develop their minds and bodies. What more can we ask for?
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