Gardening with Kids: Resources to Get Started

Gardening with the kids in your life can be incredibly rewarding! But it also comes with its own particular challenges. Use the below resources to prepare yourself and your young gardeners for success...

Books: Our favorite books for connecting with kids in the garden
Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland - A great resource for gardeners of all ages
Square Foot Gardening with Kids - The classic way to maximize productivity in your garden, now in a kid focused book!
Lola Plants a Garden - A great book for young gardeners! Find a read aloud here.
Seedfolks - A good book for older kids about community gardening.
Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots - Full of ideas and activities for themed gardens to build with kids!

Organizations and Websites: These websites are full of fun and educational activities to connect with the kids in your life while gardening!
Kids Gardening - This website is loaded with free lesson plans and activities.
Big Green - This non profit focuses on bringing school gardens to students in many major cities, including Chicago. Visit their website for inspirational ideas to get growing with kids.
Gardening WITH KIDS - A youtube channel that has great gardening with kids content, especially for younger gardeners
The Edible Schoolyard focuses on school gardens but also has several resources for those growing with kids outside of school, including a series specifically for use at home: Edible Education for the Home Classroom
Life Lab is an organization dedicated to cultivating children through garden-based education both at home and in school. Their Garden Education resources page includes links to a wide variety of curriculum for both home and school use. Some is free some is paid.