Get Picky Eaters to Try Healthy Options: START A GARDEN!

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Have you got a picky eater on your hands? Gardening is a great way to get kids to try new foods. The start of the gardening season is upon us. If you haven’t already started planting, now is the time.

Below are five kid-friendly planting options for this year’s garden.

Let’s get started! Get the kids involved and have them participate in prepping the dirt for planting.


Top 5 things to grow with kids:

1. Sugar Snap Peas: I personally believe sugar snap peas are THE ABSOLUTE BEST thing you can plant with children. They grow quickly, so it is exciting for young gardeners. But the best part? Kids can eat them right off the vine. Our neighborhood kids swore left and right that they didn’t like peas. Finally, after watching our girls munch them with smiles they dared to try “just one.” They can’t get enough of them!


2. Broccoli: Kids will love growing broccoli because it is BIG. It is pretty cool to see how large the plant is compared to the florets! Click here for tips on how and when to harvest broccoli.


3. Carrots: Growing carrots is hit or miss. They take a long time to grow, but they are fun to pull out and munch! Kids will love having CRUNCHING CONTESTS with them. Try Baby Finger Carrots for a better chance of success.

4. Chives: Does your little one like pasta? Chives are a simple addition to give enriched noodles more flair!

5. Mint: Earlier this month Melissa & Doug’s special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shared a post on how gardening can help with sensory development. Mint it wonderful because it SMELLS so lovely when you break open a leaf. I guarantee it will bring a smile across your child’s face. It also tastes delicious thinly sliced on watermelon with a bit of honey over top. Perfect for a hot summer’s day!

Quick Tip:

If you don’t have space for a traditional or raised garden in your yard, consider doing container gardens. Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle, has a list of great tips for gardening on your patio over on Peanut Blossom. Pop on over and check it out.


Additional Resources

Every great adventure begins with a bit of research and books! Click here to check out 3 Gardening Books to Help Grow Curiosity. Then read additional fun and educational tips on gardening with kids here on the Playtime Press.

Do you have other tips for getting picky eaters to try healthy options? Let’s chat in the comments.


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