Kids and gardening go together like worms and dirt, and bees and honey. They’re a natural fit and a great way to ensure a lifetime of healthy habits. Once a child learns to grow their own food, they will eat it. Period. But they’re all about fun, so I say, if we’re going to give them gifts, let’s give them gifts that will encourage their budding love of all things natural and healthy.
This hooded ladybug towel for kids is not only adorable, but a reminder of “beneficial” insects in the garden. Ladybugs devour aphids which prevents them from devouring our plants. Win-win! The towel also comes in a lizard theme–another beneficial guest in the garden. You can find these towels at The Company Store. Kids of all ages will enjoy snuggling with their favorite insect.
Made by Vilac, these items are built to withstand the eagerness of a child and hold up to serious garden duty. As a mom who gardened with my children for years, trust me when I say durability matters. With kids, gardening is an adventure sport! Ages 3+
For those creative types, the chance to create your very own custom butterfly wings is not to be missed. I’m mean, how cute are these? You can purchase the wearable wings at Gardeners. Recommended for kids over the age of 3.
My daughter is a teenager now, but she would have been all over these back in the day! The added bonus is the opportunity to “bake” your own butterfly cookies. Rather than eat them, kids use them to begin a butterfly garden! Can you say “mud pies with a purpose?” There’s also a bee “cookies” version, both available from Gardeners. Not recommended for ages 3 and younger.
Another great way to get kids excited is with the series of chapter books, The Wild Tales and Garden Thrills. Inspired by my years of gardening with kids, these books will delight youngsters as they discover the world of organic gardening (ages 7-10). Each book contains vocabulary words, fresh recipes and organic gardening lessons in the back! Coloring books featuring all the illustrations from the books are also available for each title–perfect for kids K-3. New this year is the 2018 Monthly Garden Planning Calendar for kids, featuring monthly to-do lists, knowing when to plant for warm and cool regions, learn what problems to watch for and how to solve, tips for taking the best care of your plants, plus bonus craft ideas to unleash your child’s creative genius! Available at DSVenetta.com