Misc Gardening Ideas


For our Gardening Unit I built an indoor “greenhouse” (big enough for the children to play inside) out of PVC pipe and clear plastic sheets. First I built the PVC square frame (5 ft square) and then hot glued on the clear plastic sides. I filled it with garden tools, hats, seeds, twine, garden photos, plastic flower pots, plant markers and other safe gardening related items. This was a big hit, the kids just loved their indoor greenhouse.


This is a great way to have your kids decorate your classroom garden. Use river rocks as a border and first have the kids scrub the rocks clean (they love this!), then they can paint them! We used acrylic, oil-based paint so it would last, but tempra would work too. Our garden now has a beautiful border and the kids are really proud of their work!


For our Gardening Unit I built an indoor “greenhouse” (big enough for the children to play inside) out of PVC pipe and clear plastic sheets. First I built the PVC square frame (5 ft square) and then hot glued on the clear plastic sides. I filled it with garden tools, hats, seeds, twine, garden photos, plastic flower pots, plant markers and other safe gardening related items. This was a big hit, the kids just loved their indoor greenhouse.


We planted a raised bed garden on our playground. We planted several varieties of flowers and 4 tomato plants. We put stepping stones through the garden and a cut log to sit on. This allowed the children to go in the garden at will and reduced destructive behavior. Also raising the beds makes it less likely to get trampled. It is important to give children a sense of ownership in their garden. We watered ( Styrofoam cups from the water fountain to keep them from flooding it) and cared ( weeding only with teacher supervision) for our garden all summer, several classes could help with this, and when our tomato plants were at their peak we made homemade tomato sauce for lasagna. We asked the parents to bring cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese and in return they got an aluminum foil pan of lasagna to eat at home. This was a great project. We are going to try to grow more veggies this year and start our own flowers. We are having each parent bring in a bag of topsoil, potting soil, peat moss etc. and will just dump in a pile to expand our garden. Check for plants that are poisonous. Tomato leaves are though not fatally, and we have only 3’s, 4’s, and fives on our playground. Be especially careful if little kids share your playground.


Vegetable Unit: The following book are wonderful when teaching about vegetables. The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe; A Garden Alphabet by Isabel Wilner; Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables by Lois Ehlert; Me and my Veggies by Isaac Whitlatch; Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat; I can grow vegetables by David Magill. Go to your library and check them out, your students or children will love reading them.


I am a licensed child care provider. This month the children in my family day care home will be doing a little gardening. We will begin with a herb garden. The children will plant various herbs in little Tupperware containers and place the lids on to trap the moisture. The containers are cheap and easy to transport to light. The children will love watching something they planted and cared for grow. They will also have fun giving it to mom as a gift and watching or helping her use it in their favorite recipes.


Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.