A Fun Activity for Toddlers: Creating a Garden

Creating a toddler garden

When we moved into our house we were lucky to find that the previous owners had a small garden. My first two summers in the house I managed a pretty decent garden and really enjoyed watching the fruits (well mostly veggies) of my labor.

After Asher was born I attempted a garden but it was an overwhelming task to manage with a newborn and never produced much more than but weeds.

Now that Asher is older he has become very interested in helping with everything. I decided that we could try our hand at a small, toddler-friendly garden this year and see how it goes.

Last week I purchased all the supplies we would need to plant some seedlings of our own.


  • Soil
  • Small pots
  • Seed packets

To keep the mess as minimal as possible I placed the soil into a small bowl and gave him a spoon to use to transport the soil into the pots.

Asher and I planted the seeds into these pots and for now, they will grow on our window sill.

Once the weather is warmer and the plants have sprouted, they will be transported to the outside garden bed in a few weeks.

I went into this activity expecting it to be a giant mess but he actually did really well at transferring the dirt to the pots.

Toddler garden
Creating a toddler garden

Asher had so much fun putting the seeds into the pots and watering them when it was all said and done. He asks each day to “wadda veggies?” so I think he will do pretty good once summer rolls around. 

This activity is great at practicing fine motor movements through shoveling and placing the seeds into the pots. Once we move the plants out into the main garden he will also be able to help with watering, weedings, and hopefully harvesting one day.

Toddler summer activity
Toddler Garden

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