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Garden Projects For Kids – Homeschooling botany

Botany and environment projects for children and youth.

For kids to learn to love gardening, working in a garden shouldn’t be a chore but instead a quality time family project.

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Fairy Garden for a Kid to Build
Fairy gardens are simple for kids to build, to make a model of a garden space for tiny creatures. This is a kid-friendly gardening project that can be created any time of the year, and played with outside in pleasant weather and inside during less pleasant days.

A Beginner’s Vegetable Garden
If you’re a beginner vegetable gardener, remember this: It’s better to be proud of a small garden than to be frustrated by a big one!

Alphabet Garden at Hayes Valley Farm
As you plant your garden, label each plant with their names and see if you have the full alphabet there. Take photos, and make a blog showing each.

Sleepy Cat enjoys napping near herbs.

Bottle Composting
Build a see-through compost pile in soda bottles. Easier to watch what goes on than in a bigger compost pile.

Camp Internet Global Garden Project
Understanding the Spring Equinox. Planting your spring garden. Planting by phases of the moon and more.

Canadian Gardening – Gardening with Kids
All sorts of projects and things to study while out in your garden.

Children in the garden
At the end of the day, (even though Mom had done 99% of the work…) we would always stand back, together, to admire how beautiful “OUR” garden looked!

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

by Mary McKenna Siddals
From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile!
Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

The Edible Schoolyard: Culinary Lessons
Use our garden and kitchen, and classroom lessons and recipes to plan activities with students at home or at school. Download and print the Lesson Toolkit, which contains all the lessons in one document, or select individual lessons from the list.

Fibonacci Numbers and Nature
Probably most of us have never taken the time to examine very carefully the number or arrangement of petals on a flower. If we were to do so, several things would become apparent. First, we would find that the number of petals on a flower is often one of the Fibonacci numbers.

Flower Pots With Ice Cream & “Dirt”
Perfect for that garden party when your garden is all in bloom and you’ve invited your friends over to see, serve them this treat!

Fun Projects
Long list of project ideas for young people with what they can do with their gardens and the plants produced there.

Gardening with Children
Although there are many crops suitable for the young gardener, here are our “top 10”, which are relatively easy to grow, have short growing seasons and are fun to harvest…and eat! [Personally, I have found recipes for grated zucchini to make pancakes, muffins, nut breads and such that kids really like to eat.]

Great Corn Adventure
Fun Flash site that will help you learn more about this abundant food crop.

Great Plant Escape
Six mysteries of the Green Life to solve while you acquire a green thumb.

Herb Gardening 101 
One of the great things about herb gardening is that you’re able to grow varieties that can be difficult to find in a grocery store or even at the farmer’s market.

Hotbeds and Cold Frames
Have some old windows around? Turn them into a hotbed or a cold frame with directions here provided by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

How to Build a PVC Hoophouse
An unheated PVC hothouse can be a useful addition to the garden. A young girl and her parent show you how easy it is.

How to Make a Butterfly Garden
Offer them flowers with the nectar they prefer, provide the females with a place to lay eggs, puddles for drinking water, and warm rocks on which to sun themselves.

Plant Projects with Kids
Parents who want to develop kids’ interest in gardening can begin with some plant projects that are just plain fun.

Soda Bottle Terrariums
Here’s a fun messy project that will delight you for many days.

Summer Learning in the Garden
More outside time does not mean learning has to cease! There are SO many ways to learn for all grade levels! And there is no better way to continue learning all summer than by creating your own garden!

Sweet Potato Vine
Place the sweet potato in a container of water. Keep the top 1/3 of the potato exposed by placing toothpicks into the sides. The pointed end should be down in the water. In a few weeks a vine with several stems will begin to sprout.

Winter Gardening Activities for Kids
Here are some ideas from the American Association of Nurserymen to get you started thinking about indoor gardening projects for your family, scout troop, or other youth group. I’m sure you’ll come up with others.

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