Annual plan of garden activities for children
Welcome to our garden classroom resources. Whether you are a parent growing veggies at home, a teacher running a school gardening club or a home education co-op with a community garden, you have come to the right place.
Here you will find a wealth of ideas to connect your children to the planet through gardening and to give them a rich nature-based curriculum to learn from.
You can also use the month-by-month gardening guide below to give you a year-round programme of that to plant, grow, harvest and do in the garden.
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Year-round monthly guide for gardening with children
Follow the month-by-month garden guide below and lead your children through a happy, successful and educational year in the garden.
Garden activities for children in January
It might be cold and frosty in the garden this month but there’s still plenty to enjoy. Here are some garden activities for January.
- What to plant in January
- Garden jobs for January
- What to harvest in January
- Garden activities for January including ordering potatoes, pruning trees, and creating winter art.
Garden activities for children in February
It might look like the garden classroom is sleeping this month but our garden activities for February see us getting potatoes ready and learning about daffodils. Join us!
- What to plant in February
- Garden jobs for February
- What to harvest in February
- Garden activities for February including preparing potatoes, washing seed trays, daffodil lessons, and making a weather station.
Garden activities for children in March
Can you feel the murmur of spring in the air? It’s nearly here! Here are seven important garden activities for March that you can use with your children to get your garden classroom off to a great start this year.
- What to plant in March
- Garden jobs for March
- What to harvest in March
- Garden activities for March including making a garden plan, ordering seeds, chitting potatoes, feeding your soil, spring cleaning, starting germinating and adding some zing!
Garden activities for children in April
Spring has sprung! Here are some important garden activities for April that will help you get your garden blooming and set you up for a great year of gardening with your children, including:
- What to plant in April
- Garden jobs for April
- What to harvest in April
- Garden activities for April including setting up growing frames, weeding, bug hunting, Easter planting and celebrating Earth Day
Garden activities for children in May
Spring is blooming in our garden and we are busy, busy, busy starting vegetable seeds. Here are some important garden activities for May that you can enjoy with your children.
- What to plant in May
- Garden jobs for May
- What to harvest in May
- Garden activities for May including keeping weeding, gathering your own water, making a compost heap, and taking literacy outdoors.
Garden activities for children in June
June in the Garden Classroom means strawberries! Such a treat to pick them straight from the plants and pop them in your mouth! Here are some other important garden activities for June that you can enjoy with your children.
- What to plant in June
- Garden jobs for June
- What to harvest in June
- Garden activities for June including pinching out tomato side shoots, playing outdoors, and bringing the outdoors in.
Garden activities for children in July
Summer is here and we’re starting to eat lots of home-grown food from our Garden Classroom. Here are some important garden activities for July that you can enjoy with your children.
- What to plant in July
- Garden jobs for July
- What to harvest in July
- Garden activities for July including feeding your plants, taking literacy outdoors, taking math outdoors, and exploring the smells of the garden.
Garden activities for children in August
Join our garden activities for August as we get busy planting seeds for our ‘second spring’.
- What to plant in August
- Garden jobs for August
- What to harvest in August
- Garden activities for August including starting autumn planting, making a bee house, cloud gazing, a blackberry study, and enjoying ice play.
Garden activities for children in September
Come and join our garden activities for September as we celebrate the Autumn Equinox and turn sunflower seeds into delicious crackers and cookies.
- What to plant in September
- Garden jobs for September
- What to harvest in September
- Garden activities for September including making a bug hotel, composting, making green tomato chutney, baking sunflower cookies and crackers, celebrating the Autumn Equinox, investigating sunflower seeds and taking part in an elderberry study.
Garden activities for children in October
These garden activities for October have us busy seed saving and celebrating apples. Join us!
- What to plant in October
- Garden jobs for October
- What to harvest in October
- Garden activities for October including saving seeds, hosting an apple festival, making an autumn nature table, and leaf art projects.
Garden activities for children in November
- What to plant in November
- Garden jobs for November
- What to harvest in November
- Garden activities for November including gathering leaves for mulch, tool cleaning, leaf symmetry lesson, hawthorn study, 10 things in 10 minutes activity.
Garden activities for children in December
Join us in our garden activities for December as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and start to plan for the new year.
- What to plant in December
- Garden jobs for December
- What to harvest in December
- Garden activities for December including making plans, ordering seeds, celebrating the Winter Solstice, and campfire food.
Nature curriculum for children
You can also find a range of ready-made nature curricula in the NurtureStore shop. Each book is filled with hands-on, creative activities that teach the traditional school subjects through gardening, nature and time in the outdoor classroom.
The Garden Classroom offers a whole year of outdoors play and learning ideas, however big or small your outdoor space. Transform your science and math, reading and writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts all through garden-based activities. Find out more about The Garden Classroom.
The Forest Classroom is a practical beginner’s guide to running a successful forest school. It includes lesson plans, activities, and fantastic printables that make it easy for you to teach a nature-immersed curriculum. Find out more about The Forest Classroom.
Nature Explorers: Forest is the perfect way to add reading, writing, drawing, and science to your forest adventures. Full of beautifully illustrated pages, this interactive nature journal will guide your children to create a unique science book about their own forest. Find out more about Nature Explorers: Forest.
The Seasons School Spring Curriculum gives you everything you need for spring learning, all in one place. With 50 engaging activities and over 30 pages of printables to make teaching so easy, it’s the go-to resource for spring. Find out more about Seasons School Spring Curriculum.
The Sunflower School curriculum is a full programme of learning, in rhythm with the natural growing cycle of sunflowers. With 28 engaging lessons and activities and 30 pages of printables it’s perfect for schools, families, and gardening clubs. Find out more about Sunflower School.
The Seasons School Autumn Curriculum gives you everything you need for autumn learning, all in one place. With 75 engaging activities and 50 pages of printables to make teaching so easy, it’s the go-to resources for autumn. Find out more about the Seasons School Autumn Curriculum.