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Gardening activities for children

Get your little one's excited about growing things with these hands-on activities

All activities on this page are provided by our partners - National Children’s Gardening Week. For more great ideas and activities see the National Children’s Gardening Week website. 


Pot Stack Planters

Pot stack planter via Children's Gardening Week

Great for growing herbs or trailing plants.
What you need:
  1. 4 different sizes of pots
  2. A stick (optional – ideally something straight like bamboo)
  3. Soil
  1. Fill your largest pot with soil and place the bamboo stick through the middle. Firm the soil down so that the bamboo stick is stable.
  2. Fill the rest of your pots with soil.
  3. Place other pots on top of the first pushing the stick through the middle of the pots and lean the pots to the sides to make it higgledy-piggledy
  4. Once all the pots have been stacked and feel secured, you can plant your plants

Cress Heads

Fun way to enjoy growing your own cress

What you need:

  1. Empty eggshells
  2. Cress seeds
  3. Cotton wool
  4. Pens
  5. Googly eyes (optional)
  1. Draw your funny faces on the eggshells (you also add googly eyes if you have them).
  2. Fill the eggshells with cotton wool.
  3. Spray the cotton wool with water so that it is nice and damp.
  4. Sprinkle lots of cress seeds on top of the cotton wool.
  5. Spray more water on the seeds.
  6. Remember to keep watering every day
Cress heads activity.

Rock painting bugs

Painted rocks - activity via partner Children's Gardening Week

What you'll need:
  1. Rocks
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Gloss varnish (optional – to make them shiny!)
  5. Googly eyes (optional)


  1. Wash your rocks with water and let them dry. Think about what bugs/insects you would like to paint e.g.  ladybird, bee, snail etc
  2. When the rocks are dry, start painting your bugs.
  3. Let the paint dry and then paint a layer of gloss varnish on top
  4. You can now place you bugs in the garden, windowsill or wherever you like. Why not hide it for someone to find? Or even get together with friends to make a line of rock bugs to make your park or street more colourful.

Make your own grass Caterpillar

What you need:

  1. Grass seed
  2. Saw dust or compost
  3. Plant trays
  4. Old tights or stockings (not opaque as grass needs to grow through them)
  5. Craft pipe cleaners
  6. Rubber bands or string
  7. Googly eyes stuck onto cocktail sticks
  1. Cut off each leg, and toe end of the tights and tie a knot in one end. 
  2. Fill the tights with the saw dust, compost or a mix, to create the body for your caterpillar. 
  3. On the inside of the tights, sprinkle grass seed along one side of the caterpillar, then tie a knot in the end.
  4. Now that you have made the main body for your caterpillar, wrap rubber bands or string around the body to create sections.
  5. Add your googly eyes, legs and antennae to the caterpillar using the pipe cleaners.
  6. Lay the caterpillar in a tray with shallow water in so that the sawdust / soil soaks it up. When the caterpillar is watered, remove from water and place in a dry plant tray.
  7. Place your caterpillar on the windowsill and remember to water your caterpillar once or twice a week.
  8. As the grass seed grows it will poke through the tights, making a hairy caterpillar. Feel free to give them a haircut.
Grass caterpillar activity via partner Children's Gardening Week

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