- Gardening kits for children teach important lessons about how plants grow while encouraging kids to care for their gardens responsibly.
- Our top pick, the Creativity for Kids Magic Bean Garden, includes a fast-growing plant and combines arts and crafts with gardening.
If you’re looking for a fun gift or a way to keep kids entertained this summer, gardening kits for children combine education with entertainment. There are countless gardening kids designed to bring the fun of gardening indoors, making them suitable choices even if you live in an apartment or have no access to a yard. They get kids involved with gardening on a basic level, often combining gardening with arts and crafts. Plus, when plants require frequent watering, they teach kids about responsibility and caring for a living thing.
The gardening kits in this list are some of the best available. They include all of the supplies that you need (except water), and some incorporate fun arts and crafts activities so that your children can customize their gardens and put their art skills to work. All of these kits also include the required seeds, and fast-growing plants have been selected so that even younger children will quickly see the results of their gardening – some of these options are suitable for children as young as 5.
Depending on your children’s ages, some (or a lot of) supervision may be needed both during setup and when it comes to caring for the garden. All of these kits can receive the light they need when placed in a sunny window, and care is relatively low-maintenance. They’re all designed with kids in mind, and even if the plants die on the first try, most of these kits include enough seeds so that you can replant and try again.
During this age of computer screens and technology, these gardening kits can be a welcome return to nature. They can be a great summer learning activity and may be ideal birthday gifts too.
Here are our top picks for the best gardening kits for kids:
- Best kit for kids overall: Creativity for Kids Magic Bean Garden
- Best kit for educational purposes: Thames & Kosmos Kids First Botany Experimental Greenhouse Kit
- Best kit for ongoing entertainment: TickleMe Plant Zombie Plant Grow Kit
- Best fairy garden kit: Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit
- Best terrarium kit: Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
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The best overall
Combining crafts and gardening, the Creativity for Kids Magic Bean Garden is suitable for kids ages 5 and up.
Whether your child’s a fan of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale or loves arts and crafts, the Creativity for Kids Magic Bean Garden combines crafting, gardening, and a little bit of enchantment. Designed for ages 5 and up, the fun starts with painting the flower pot.
Five brightly colored paint and a paintbrush are included, so your child can express his or her artistic talents. Next, fill the planter with the included potting mix, and plant the beans. The kit includes three “magic” beans, and it’s recommended that you plant one or two at a time.
The beans themselves are Sword beans, also known as Canavalia beans. Each seed is engraved with a message, and once the beans sprout you can see these surprise messages on the pods.
You can expect to see growth within 3 to 10 days, and the pods grow between 10 and 18 inches long, resembling swords. Once the plants are established, you can transplant them to a larger pot, teaching your child about gardening in the process.
Pros: Kit incorporates painting with gardening, beans sprout to reveal special messages on their pods, can transplant bean plants to allow for further growth
Cons: Only three beans are included
The best for education
Through guided experiments, the Thames & Kosmos Kids First Botany Experimental Greenhouse Kit teaches children about nature, gardening, and how plants grow.
When it comes to hands-on learning, the Thames & Kosmos Kids First Botany Experimental Greenhouse Kit allows children to be active participants in the learning process. This kit gets kids to conduct experiments within greenhouse domes that come with thermometers and ventilation.
As children grow beans, cress, and zinnia flowers, they’ll learn about how plants grow and discover the different needs of each type of plant. A 48-page, full-color manual guides children through 30 different experiments and provides detailed instruction on planting and caring for different types of plants.
Children will learn many valuable skills, such as how to make leaf and bark rubbings and how to force budded branches to grow in winter. Rather than planting seeds and waiting for them to grow, the kit keeps kids involved with plenty of activities and learning opportunities. The kit is suitable for kids ages 5 through 10.
Pros: Manual includes 30 experiments, unique greenhouse dome design allows for individualized experiments, keeps kids active, comes with supplies to grow beans, cress, and zinnia flowers
The best for ongoing entertainment
- TickleMe Plant
The Zombie Plant Grow Kit from TickleMe Plant offers ongoing entertainment with its plant that seems to play dead at your touch.
Looking for something a little different as a gift for a zombie-loving kid? The Zombie Plant Grow Kit is a gardening kit with a twist. Rather than grow flowers or vegetables, this kit contains “zombie seeds” that grow into a plant (Mimosa pudica) that “plays dead” at the slightest touch.
Just a brush of the mature plant’s leaves will cause it to fold up and almost recoil from your touch, appearing to die before your eyes. With time, the plant will gradually unfurl again, returning to “life” until someone touches it and it curls up again.
This kit arrives in a coffin-like box and includes everything you need to grow a small army of zombie plants. Six growing pellets take the mess out of gardening, and there are plenty of zombie plant seeds to get you started. You can grow the plants indoors year-round and transplant them to pots to allow them to reach larger sizes.
Pros: Fun packaging, kit includes everything you need to grow the plants
Cons: Some zombie-themed décor for the garden itself would complete the package
The best fairy garden
- Creativity for Kids
The Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit combines gardening with arts and crafts to keep kids active in the experience.
With the Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit, children can create, paint, and decorate a fairy garden all their own. The kit blends together arts and crafts with indoor gardening, as children start out by painting the 11-inch-diameter potting dish, resin fairy house, and resin toadstools. Then, kids can plant the wheatgrass and bean mixture seeds using the included potting soil.
Included gravel, glass stones, fabric flower bouquets, pixie dust, and gems give kids plenty of creative freedom in how they decorate their fairy garden. Once the scene is set, kids can decide on the perfect place for Hannah, the included fairy figurine.
This product goes beyond many other gardening kits in terms of the overall activity it offers kids. From painting the dish and accessories to setting up – and redesigning – the scene, kids are more involved in play with this kit than with more traditional gardening kits.
The grass grows within one to two weeks, so the “complete” garden will be visible promptly. While the garden consists mostly of grass, adding in some flower seeds that have relatively shallow root structures would add a little more color and variety to the scene.
Pros: Kit incorporates gardening with arts and crafts, includes many items that allow kids to decorate their fairy garden
Cons: Seeds are mostly grass, no drainage in the potting dish
The best terrarium
The Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium includes enough materials for two life cycles and is easy to use.
The value of the Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium kit lies in its ease of use. The kit has everything you need to create a terrarium, and the hard work has already been done for you.
The plastic mason-style jar won’t break if a child drops it on the floor, and the decorative lid already has fun shapes cut out of it for ventilation. The supplies are colorful and fun, and with plenty of stickers (both garden stickers and fun glow-in-the-dark options), your child can assemble the terrarium in one setting.
This kit includes enough materials for two life cycles, so if your child doesn’t master the daily watering on the first try, they’ll get another chance at it by rebuilding the terrarium. The mixture of chia and wheatgrass seeds grow quickly, but they’ll only thrive with daily watering with the included mister, a process through which your child can observe the visible results of caring for a living plant.
Garden figurines, decorative sand, and river stones allow your child to express their creative side as they create their own mini-ecosystem.
Pros: Includes all needed supplies, enough supplies are included for two grow cycles, seeds sprout quickly
Cons: Requires daily watering
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