6 Springtime Gardening Ideas for Families

It’s official — Spring has sprung! It’s time for your little budding gardeners to get their fingers GOOD-n-DIRTY. We’ve hand-picked a fresh crop of family gardening projects just for you!

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Kid-Made Plant Markers

Rainy day? There’s still plenty of gardening fun to be had! Stay in and stay dry while making custom plant markers to label your pots or rows. Children get spelling practice as they write vocabulary words from your garden (like jalepeños or thyme) — all while painting, decorating, and building their own beautiful (and practical) plant-marker creations. No time to build custom markers? Simply print our ready-made garden tags (see below) to get your plants labeled in no time.

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Creating a Kid-Friendly Garden

Love having your kids help out in the garden, but nervous they’ll step on or pull out the wrong thing? Then why not give them a garden plot of their own? This post offers details for how to do just that, plus you’ll get 4 more tips, tools, and ideas for creating a truly kid-friendly garden. Be sure to check out our post for having a successful family garden, too!

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Exploring the 5 Senses in Your Own Backyard

What do you get when you add 5 senses, a little soil, and some water? A recipe for backyard fun! Learn what to PLAY and what to PLANT to best explore each of the 5 senses — sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch — right in your own backyard.









How to Host a Great Gardening Play Date

Love hosting playdates with a theme? Try this “cream of the crop” idea for your next pint-sized get-together. It includes garden-themed snack ideas, activities, and a sprinkler adventure (which also happens to clean up your earth-covered gardening guests). After all that excitement, it’s time to head to the Chill Out Tent to relax with some garden-themed books and puzzles. Now THAT’S no “garden-variety” playdate!










What Lessons Will BLOOM in Your Child’s Garden?

Gardening is bushels of fun, but it’s also a great way to explore concepts from the classroom OUTDOORS. Learn how to use your garden to teach your child about biology, responsibility, math/measuring, memory/sequencing, and self-esteem.








There you have it — a bumper crop of gardening ideas we rooted out for your young sprouts. Hope you enjoyed the fruits of our labor. (We couldn’t help being a little corny with this gardening round-up. Next time, we’ll work harder to weed those out!)

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Got a gardening tip or success story of your own? We’d love to hear about it! Share your tip or story below in the Comments, or chat with us on the Melissa & Doug Facebook page.


  1. So happy to see your gardening ideas!

    • Thank you! We think spending quality time in the garden with your little ones is a great way to inspire some creative exploration!