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Toddler Gardening Activities: Tips For Toddler Garden Design Ideas

Toddlers love spending time outdoors discovering nature. Your toddler will find lots of things to explore in the garden, and if you are prepared with a few toddler gardening activities, you can enhance his or her experience. Gardening with toddlers is a healthy way for parents and children to enjoy the outdoors together.

Themes for Gardening with Toddlers

Garden themes for toddlers should center around their five senses [1].

  • Choose textured plants [2] that they can feel and sensitive plants that snap shut when touched.
  • Fragrant herbs [3] appeal to a child’s sense of taste and smell. Honeysuckle [4] is very fragrant, and if you catch the flowers at just the right time, you can squeeze a drop of sweet nectar onto the child’s tongue.
  • There is no end to the variety of bright-colored flowers [5] that are a delight to look at, and toddlers enjoy them even more if they can pick a few to enjoy indoors.
  • Ornamental grasses [6] that rustle in the breeze are plants that toddlers can hear.

Consider toddler garden design ideas that involve several aspects of nature. Ladybugs [7] and butterflies [8] are a delight to little ones. Bachelor’s buttons [9], sweet alyssum [10], and cup plants [11] have brightly-colored flowers that attract ladybugs and butterflies. Borage [12] is a fuzzy-textured plant that attracts ladybugs and green lacewings [13]. Butterflies are particularly fond of anise hyssop [14], which has a strong, licorice scent.

How to Garden with Young Kids

Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your time in the garden with a toddler.

  • Let your child dig and scratch in the garden with small plastic garden tools. Large kitchen spoons and measuring cups make great toddler tools.
  • Talk to your toddler about earthworms as “garden helpers.” [15] Little ones that like to get dirty will enjoy digging for worms. Place a worm in his or her hand to hold for a few minutes.
  • Let your toddler move small ornaments, such as pinwheels, around the garden.
  • Help your toddler pick flowers and place them in a vase of water. Let him or her help add water to the vase as necessary.
  • Show your toddler how to water the garden [16] with a small, plastic watering can.

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