How to involve your toddler in the garden

Spending time outside and being busy in the garden is a great way to spend your time. Your toddler also loves to be outside and discovering everything in your garden.

My girl loves digging, pulling weeds and getting dirty, and your toddler probably too. So involving them in gardening is also a great activity for your toddler.

Teaching your toddler about gardening is easy and it will create a love of nature for the rest of their life.

How to teach your toddler about gardening

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Why you should involve your toddler in gardening

Involving your toddler in gardening is fun, a good way to bond with your toddler and it will teach them a lot.
Your toddler will, of course, learn to love nature, but that’s not the only thing they’ll learn from it.

Growing flowers and keeping them alive will teach them responsibilities. They’ll learn to understand things as they discover, learn where food comes from and they get a boost in self-confidence when they see the results of their hard work.

How to teach your toddler about gardening

Safety in the garden

Safety in the garden is important, especially when you have a toddler. Lots of plants that are in most garden are poisonous, try to avoid those plants in the garden of your toddler.
plants aren’t the only danger in the garden, here are some more things to consider when thinking about safety in the garden.

  • make sure your toddler doesn’t have tools that are too big
  • don’t use pesticides
  • keep electrical and sharp tools away from your toddler
  • be careful with around water, think about ponds, bird baths, and streams
  • never leave your toddler alone, this is really important as it only takes seconds for something to go wrong

Give your toddler her own tools

It means a lot for your toddler to have her own garden tools. Let her pick the ones she likes or buy some as a gift, whatever your toddler likes most.
When you buy garden tools for your toddler, make sure that their small and easy to handle for them. I’ve noticed that the garden tools for children are still too big for my girl, so she’s getting a set of hand garden tools.

Their own garden

Give your toddler her own garden to take care off. Let her choose her own seeds, bulbs and plants to put in her garden.

If you don’t have a lot of space in your garden, give her some large pots to start. Paint the pots in her favorite color and write her name on it.

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Easy plants to grow

You’ll want some easy plants  for your toddler to start her garden, because you want her to succeed of course. Think about how much sun her garden is getting when buying plants. Here are some easy to grow plants that are a great choice for your toddler.

  • strawberries
  • tomatoes
  • radishes
  • sunflowers
  • carrots
  • pumpkins
  • cosmos
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • mint
  •  sweet peas
  •  tulips
  •  narcissus
  •  lettuce
How to teach your toddler about gardening

Let your toddler decorate her garden

After planting some nice flowers and herbs, the garden of your toddler already looks colorful. But also think of other decoration to put in the garden, like a little gnome, some fairies, plant markers or a windmill to make it extra nice and colorful.

Tasks your toddler can do

Your toddler might be small, but she can already do some tasks in the garden. Tasks your toddler can do in the garden are watering, digging, planting and sowing. When you have fruits or vegetables in your garden, you can let your toddler help harvesting them.
Let them dig with their hands, and use gloves if your toddler wants.
I’ve just ordered these beautiful Hello Kitty gardening gloves for my girl and I really hope that they’re not too big for her.

Gardening is a great activity for your toddler, she’ll learn a lot and it’s a great way of bonding for you two.

You can also turn gardening in a family activity, help each other out and see who can grow the tallest sunflower.

How do you let your toddler, or other children help out in the garden?

How to involve your toddler in gardening

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