Getting kids into the garden offers a host of learning opportunities. Starting with the soil, moving on to planting seeds, and even thinking about the entire ecosystem, including insects and underground habitats! From soil to seeds, these engaging gardening kits for kids open a doorway for hands-on play and learning!
Nancy B’s Science Club® Garbage to Gardens Compost Kit
Start by asking questions: Which decays faster—a banana peel or a Styrofoam cup? Find out with these composting experiments! The Garbage to Gardens Compost Kit from Educational Insights introduces life cycles, environmental science, and experimentation. It’s also the first clear compost container made just for kids! There are two compartments so kids can create “recipes” of garbage and track which one decomposes fastest! Each compartment has 3x magnifiers for kids to explore changes in the soil. The included activity book walks children through various recipes and thoughtful experiments in soil enrichment.
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Creativity for Kids – Gardening Craft Kits
These GROW Garden Craft kits blend creativity, crafting, and gardening! Color, sticker, decorate the containers, then plant your seeds. Each kit includes all you’ll need from potting soils, rocks, and sands, to seeds, scoops, and garden misters. Some seed kits, like the Sparkle & Grow Butterfly Terrarium and the Grow Owl, grow quickly (chia and wheat grass), while others like the Plant a Pizza Garden are for long-term planting and growing. With the Pizza kit, kids will plant four vegetables from non-GMO seeds. Watch them sprout, then when the seedlings are big enough, transplant to the outdoors. Kids can continue to tend the plants until harvest, when they can then use the vegetables to make their very own pizzas!
Add a Grow Light – a sweet and sunshiney light that runs off a USB cord – to help make indoor gardens more productive and grow faster.
- Sparkle & Grow Butterfly Terrarium – (Buy on Amazon) *Note, this kit does not contain real butterflies!
- Grow Light (Buy on Amazon)
- Grow Owl(Buy on Amazon)
- Plant a Pizza Garden(Not on Amazon yet)
The Young Scientists Club – Nature Series
Science on a Gardening Adventure combines the the fun of gardening with exciting hands-on science experiments. Tools, workbooks, and materials are included, along with a mini rake, trowel, and watering can! Here’s a few of the activities included:
- make a terrarium
- learn about underground habitats
- explore the different parts of plants
- test the soil
- design a mini-garden
- perform plant experiments
- identify bugs and their habitats
- make a working sun dial
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Insect Lore Butterfly Gardens
Yes, kids can really watch the miraculous transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Gift Sets send everything you need! Start with your kit materials (screen habitat, chrysalis station, feeding pipette, feeder, guide), and send away for your Cup of Caterpillars. The Gift set also includes some exciting toys! Feed and observe your creatures as they shed their exoskeletons, form chrysalides, and then emerge into gorgeous painted lady butterflies! It’s about a three week process, offering lots of time for questions, research, and observations!
It’s really been exciting for our family to teach our children about every aspect of the growing process. From improving our soil by composting, to planning a garden and selecting seeds that will do well in our climate. Our boys are getting a taste of each phase of working the land with these engaging gardening kits for kids!
Can’t wait to eat that pizza from our garden!
Check out these gardening activities for kids!
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