Gardening is a great way to teach kids about the biology of plants and what they require to live and grow. Giving them their own indoor garden to look after also teaches them about caring for another life and understanding the responsibility that comes with it. Plus, looking after your own garden when you’re a kid is just a ton of fun and it can be incredibly exciting to see a seed sprout their little leaves, grow into a full plant, and know that you helped it get there.
AeroGarden Herbie Kid's Garden with Pizza Party Activity Kit
The AeroGarden brand is an excellent choice for every level of gardener and for any age. They have a range of grow systems in different styles and sizes but their Herbie model is perfect for kids ages 6 and up. This grow system is a fun, brightly coloured combination of yellow, blue, and green. There are windows in the front of the system that allow you to see the water levels which will remind kids when it’s time to add more water.
It comes with basil and oregano seeds, as well as a pizza party activity booklet that provides 18 fun and educational activities related to growing your indoor garden. Also included are grow sponges, grow domes, a measuring cup, plant food, a dropper, a dry erase marker, and tape which will all help your child track their garden’s growth, learn about gardening and hydroponics, and have a ton of fun in the process. Lettuce, snapdragon, and mint activity kits are also available to use with the Herbie grow system.
Creativity for Kids Plant Pizza Garden Kit
The Creativity for Kids Plant Pizza Garden Kit is such a neat and fun package for kids to learn how to grow an indoor garden. The design of the garden consists of a chipboard pizza tray and 4 plastic planter trays that kids can decorate with a ton of various “topping” and crust stickers. You’ll receive potting mix and enough seeds to grow basil, tomatoes, oregano, and peppers. A soil scoop, plant mister, instructions, and pizza recipe are included so you’ll have everything you need to go from seed to fully grown ingredients within this kit.
Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Kit
Another fun indoor garden kit by Creativity for Kids is the Enchanted Fairy Garden Kit. It includes a flower shaped potting dish, enchanted flower house, toadstools, fairy figure, gemstones, artificial flowers, butterflies, paint, potting mix, and seeds. The potting dish, flower house, and toadstools are all paintable so your child can use their own creativity to make this garden environment something of their very own design.
The magic bean and wheat grass seeds just need to be added to the potting soil, watered regularly, and you can watch them grow into a tiny forest that will surround your fairy garden. The gemstones, flowers, and butterflies can be used to accent your garden with a dash of magical fairyland beauty.
Toysmith Deluxe Root Viewer
The Toysmith Deluxe Root Viewer is an awesome kit that will allow your child to plant, nurture, and observe the growth of their radishes, carrots, and green onions. The transparent planter allows them to watch how the roots extend through the soil and how the edible vegetables grow underground. There are enough seeds for several planting in this kit as well as instructions that will help you get started.
Advanced Play My Fairy Garden Kit
For the youngest of gardening enthusiasts, the Advanced Play My Fairy Garden Kit is as educational as it is adorable. The planter is a magical fairy garden cottage that stands 17 inches high. You can put your fairy cottage together with the moving doors, street lights, umbrella table, and chairs that are included and then add your soil and seeds to get your fairy garden growing. The cottage also plays music and lights up, making it even more magical for your child. A shovel, trowel, toy rake, and watering can also come in the kit to make this garden both fun and engaging.
HSP Nature Toys 162 Root-Vue Farm Kit
This Root-Vue Farm Kit will allow children to grow carrots, radishes, and onions in a transparent planter so they can observe the plant growth from both above and below the soil line. Included in this kit is the planting box, a basin with a drainage reservoir, grow mix, plant identification labels, root markers, a growing chart, and 3 packs of seeds.
A booklet is included to help your child record their planting and growing observations and to encourage an educational approach to gardening and plant growth.
Play*n*Grow Plant Kit
The Play*n*Grow plant kit come with 4 individual garden planters that will allow your child to grow 4 different plants within their own separate domed environments. The Veggie Garden Kit comes with chard, lettuce, radish, and tomato but other kits are available from this brand with a variety of different plant options. Plant markers, a measuring cup, and easy to follow instructions are also included which will make these plants incredibly fun and simple to grow.
Children’s Organic Garden Kit
This organic garden kit is ideal for slightly older children who want to learn about looking after a an indoor garden and understanding how a greenhouse works. Seeds for sugar snap peas, mini pumpkins, popcorn, colorful carrots, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers are included so your child can grow a full garden of edible vegetables to eat and enjoy once their crop is ready for harvest.
This kit also includes plant ID tags, detailed growing information, planting tips, and 12 peat pellets. The high domed greenhouse lid provides enough growing space to let your veggies grow to their full potential within a warm and moist environment.
Children are curious about life, growth, and how things work. Allowing them to be in control of their own indoor garden will provide them with some knowledge of how nature works and may inspire more curiosity about gardening, plant life, and biology. Tending to a garden of their own can help to nurture their sense of responsibility and will provide them with the feelings of pride and joy that will come with admiring the fruits of their labor.