Every winter, we struggle with the same thing in Wisconsin: the cold months seem to drag on. By mid January, I’m itching to start our garden Or stop by a local farm stand to get some fresh fruits and vegetables. Luckily, we found a few cold-weather friendly garden themed things to do to make January, February and even March more tolerable!
These simple winter garden activities for preschoolers make getting through the cold months so much more fun. Plus, you’ll be able to garden year-round regardless of where you live!
Most of these activities don’t require a ton of supplies. They’re a great way to spend the day if you’re feeling the winter blues, too. Keep reading to find the perfect easy winter garden activity for you and your preschooler!
Table of Contents
Winter Garden Activities for Preschoolers
Create a Windowsill Herb Garden
Windowsill herb gardens are such a delicious way to garden in the winter. One of the reasons we love indoor herb gardens so much is because it can help us teach gardening skills in a much smaller setting. This way, our daughter is able to help us with our outdoor garden a little more.
Don’t let not having the perfect windowsill for your garden stop you, either! You can easily create an indoor herb garden that can be moved with the sun throughout the day.
If you’re looking for a fun experiment to try in the winter, try regrowing plants from fresh produce. It’s a cool way to see what can grow in soil, water, or even just pebbles.
You can also grow a leafy garden with the tops of beets, carrots, turnips, celery bases, or other root vegetables. Check out this guide to garbage gardening to get details on growing everything from apples to pears, lemons to limes, parsnips to radishes and more.
Read Garden Books
One of our favorite ways to spend days where we’re stuck inside because of the temperature is to read spring themed books, especially garden ones. It’s a temporary escape from the gray days of winter and it gets us excited for planning our garden.
Can’t wait to plant flowers in the spring? Make a seed bomb! Seed bombs are an easy garden activity that can be done in winter and saved for spring.
With just a few supplies, you’ll be able to make seed balls that are ready to be tossed in your backyard in an hour or two. Learn all about how to make seed bombs.
Build a Birdhouse
Building a birdhouse is a great indoor and outdoor winter garden activity for preschoolers. With a some help cutting the wood and assembling, kids have a blank canvas for them to decorate with paint. If you don’t have the tools available for cutting the pieces for a birdhouse, consider this birdhouse kit that comes with everything precut.
If you’d prefer to build a bird a super simple feeder, here’s a few ideas that you might be able to make with things you already have at home:
Cover a pine cone in peanut butter and roll it in bird seed
Smear peanut butter on a bagel or a piece of toast and cover it in bird seed‘
Hollow out an orange peel and fill it up with bird seed
Then just tie these homemade bird feeders up so they can hang from the tree. You can also make your own birdseed that can be formulated to attract more of your local birds. This is a fun way to teach kids about the birds that are native to your area.
GROW YOUR OWN TERRARIUM - Explore the wonder of nature and science with the Grow 'N Glow Terrarium Kit! This indoor activity for kids allows you to craft, plant, water and grow your own mini ecosystem. Just add water for a unique science experience!
SCIENCE KITS FOR KIDS - Includes everything a young botanist needs for two plant life cycles! Science kit features: plastic mason-style jar, potting mix (vermiculite), organic chia and wheat grass seeds, glow-in-the-dark forest figurines and more!
WATCH IT GLOW - Watch your terrarium glow and grow! Add dimension to your DIY terrarium with translucent glow-in-the-dark star and constellation stickers that will light up your mini garden at night!
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS - The perfect STEAM activity that mixes science and art. Create your own terrarium while learning responsibility and nurturing. Your terrarium will begin to grow in as little as 3-4 days. All seeds are from and packaged in the USA
GREAT GIFTS FOR KIDS - Since 1976, Creativity for Kids has proudly made fun and creative experiences today to nurture children's confidence for life. This garden kit for kids features non-toxic arts and craft supplies and is recommended for ages 6+
What is a terrarium? It is a miniature garden within a container that simulates a natural environment. So, let your child discover the beauty of nature by creating their own beautiful terrarium with this all-inclusive kit. Watch as it grows by day and glows at night with the innovative LED light under the lid.
Grows by day, glows at night: Beneath the lid, there is a built-in innovative LED light that transforms the experience into something magical. At night, just hit the small switch to turn on the light and watch how your terrarium turns into a gorgeous illuminated tabletop garden. You have to see it to believe it! The light can easily be recharged with the included Micro-USB cable.
Kit includes: Terrarium jar (4"x6"), light-up jar lid, Micro-USB charging cable, clear and easy step-by-step instruction booklet, vermiculite soil, blue sand, river rocks, wheatgrass and chia seeds, small bunny and mushroom miniatures, removable stickers for decoration, spray bottle, and wooden stick to aid in planting the seeds.
A fun and educational gift for all ages: It's not often that a science project can be fun and engaging, but this terrarium kit achieves both! It fascinates children as soon as they pull it out of the box. With the freedom to layer the rocks, sand, soil, and stickers as they please, every child is guaranteed to have a blast.
STEM.org authenticated educational product: This product has been evaluated by STEM.org and has been authenticated to meet the highest standards of STEM learning. 100% satisfaction guaranteed: Love it, or your money back! We're sure that the child will have a blast, but if you are not satisfied with the kit we'll refund you 100% of the money, no questions asked.
LARGE KIT – Moss (Reindeer Moss, Forest Moss & Lichen), 12 oz. Potting Soil Blended with Activated Charcoal, Gardening Vermiculite, 12 oz. Pea Pebbles & River Stones, 1 oz. Plant Food, Finishing Tools, Miniature Dinos
BUILD & CARE - Includes a bamboo stick and natural hair brush finishing tools, plus helpful tips on building the perfect terrarium or planter
QUICK START – Just add your own plants and container
VALUE – Save when compared to buying individual materials
COMPLETE GARDEN KIT: Comes with everything you need to grown your own tropical paradise. Kit includes a trendy geometric planting dish, polka-dot plant seeds (hypoestes), potting mix, a fabulous flamingo, succulent and a golden pineapple for decoration
LEARN CONTAINER GARDENING: Decorate, plant, water and grown your terrarium! Watch your colorful plants thrive in this geometric planting dish
GREAT ROOM DECOR: This terrarium is a great room decor accessory to add some color to your desk or table. Plastic terrarium measures 5" W X 9" H
EASY TO GROW: Kit comes with easy-to-grow Polka Dot plant seeds (Hypoestes)
TEEN CRAFTS: CRAFTIVITY is designed especially for teens and tweens! Learn trendy craft techniques that expand artistic abilities specifically for ages 12-1
Includes Everything Needed to make a High Quality and fun Educational Toy For Children ages 4 and up. U.S.A. Made Glass Globe Measures 4 1/2 inches Tall, With a 3 1/2 opening. Includes Pea Gravel to Ensure Proper Draining, Activated Charcoal Helps to Remove Toxins. This Is a Terrarium That Can last!
Everything in the Box Includes: Organic Soil, PeaGravel, Activated Charcoal, Moss, Two Toadstool Mushrooms, Polished River Pebble, Fairy Garden Seed Mix(chia Seeds), Instructions. Perfect Craft Project for the family and Nature Lovers
Great For Children and Adults. Great for those without a Green Thumb. Our Easy Grow Seeds sprout within a couple Days. Product Photos are taken only one Week After Planting! The best part is TerraGreen Creations included Enough seeds to replant several times!
Creating a Magical Terrarium is a Great Stress Reliever. This Terrarium is Great on a window sill and is a Zen Desk Decoration
Makes a Wonderful Educational Gift, or birthday gift for all ages. Great for Group Children Activities. This complete indoor Garden kit is Proudly Made in U.S.A.
🌱 Parent-child Planting Time: It is a miniature garden within a container that simulates a natural environment. Let your child discover the beauty of nature by creating their own beautiful garden. Watch as it grows by day and glows at night under terrarium kit.
🌱 Children's Sleeping Lamp: Under the lid, there is a built-in innovative LED light that is soft and does not hurt your eyes. It can accompany your child to sleep and your baby can watch how the seeds turns into a gorgeous illuminated tabletop garden.
🌱 STEM Educational Toys: terrarium toys allow 5 6 7 8 9 years old boys and girls to craft their very own ecosystem and hands on experience that comes from this educational arts and crafts kit.Cultivate children's spirit of exploration
🌱 Indoor Activities for Kids: Kit Includes: Terrarium Jar, Light Up Jar Lid, Fresh Garden Soil, Blue Decorative Sand , White River Rocks, Wheatgrass Seeds, Chia Seeds, A Sheet of Stickers, Spray Bottle, Plastic Shovel, Miniatures: Bunny, Wind Mill, House.
🌱 DIY Educational Gift: Both boys and girls all will love the science gifts behind this gardening adventure and provided opportunities for children to create, explore and embrace their creativity with fun, screen-free craft experiences.
KIT INCLUDES: terrarium jar, light-up lid, usb charging cable, instructions, soil, sand, black rocks, chia seeds, wheatgrass seeds, volcano, 3 small dinosaurs, 1 large T-Rex, 14 removable stickers for decoration, spray bottle, and planting stick.
WHAT IS A TERRARIUM? The Hapinest Dinosaur Volcano Terrarium Kit is a mini garden in a jar that allows boys and girls to craft their very own ecosystem that grows during the day and doubles as a night light at night.
EASY-TO-FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: Makes a great gift for ages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 year old boys and girls. Our easy to follow instruction booklet will provide kids with step-by-step instructions to make their terrarium a success.
LIGHT-UP YOUR VOLCANO: The light-up lid is equipped with an on/off switch and star cutout pattern. Guide the light string into the top of the volcano during assembly to mimic an erupting volcano. The micro-usb cord is used to recharge the light-up lid.
FUN AND EDUCATIONAL: Both boys and girls alike will love the science behind this gardening adventure and hands on experience that comes from this educational arts and crafts kit.
Houseplants can turn a home into a tropical paradise – even in the middle of winter. There are tons of plants that you can grow with your preschooler that can help teach them the importance of proper plant care.
You can also grow succulents if you’re looking for a slightly more forgiving plant for your family. If you already have one or two, consider learning how to propagate or regrow succulents.
Paint Garden Stones and Pots
Painting garden stones or pots is a great way to get preschoolers interested in gardening. After they paint their items, they’ll get to appreciate their artwork all garden season long.
While you’re at it, you can paint some watermelon coasters out of the bottoms of your terra cotta pots.
You can also try making a handprint stepping stone out of air dry clay or grab this kit to easily create your own.
Milestones Stepping Stones are the perfect decoration for your garden, yard, flower bed, or walk path
Spend quality time with your kids or grandkids; create a beautiful decoration that will last for years to come
Easy to follow step-by-step instructions guide you through the hands-on activity
Each kit makes one 12 inch leaf shaped stepping stone; ideal for a Mother's day or Father's day gift
Kit includes 7 lb bag of Stepping Stone Mix, one 12 inch reusable plastic leaf mold, 12 oz mosaic glass, 2 oz glass gems, letter and number stamps, wooden mixing paddle, and writing tool; glass and gem colors may vary
Seed markers are easy to make and can be done in so many ways. Popsicle stickers, rocks, clothespins, paint sticks, etc.
If you’re looking for something that won’t fade in the sun, check out these clay stamped seed markers.
We have yet to try Vermicomposting, but this is a great indoor winter garden activity. Vermicomposting uses worms to decompose waste, similar to regular composting. This makes a worm manure that can be used for a fertilizer. Learn more about vermicomposting or try out this Vermicomposting kit:
The Worm Factory 360 has a standard 4-Tray size which is expandable up to 8 trays, giving it the largest volume of any home composter.
The redesigned lid converts to a handy stand for trays while harvesting the compost.
Includes digital instructional manual with step-by-step guide for managing your Worm Factory 360.
Bonus "What Can Red Wigglers Eat?" infographic refrigerator magnet (6" by 9") allows you to quickly determine which foods are perfect for your worms, and which you should avoid. Imagine the peace of mind you will feel knowing that your worms are always eating a healthy diet!
Built in "worm tea" collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
This is probably my favorite winter garden activity for preschoolers because I love seeing what our daughter wants in our garden. Not only is it a great teaching opportunity, it also allows for a ton of creativity. We learn about spacing, measuring, plant needs, the garden season and more. But we also get to have fun with what we’d plant in our dream garden if we had all the space and resources.
We use our garden planner to plan ours out which helps us keep a record of everything we need to do throughout the harvest season.
Start Your Seeds
What better way to get through the colder months than to start your seeds for the garden? There are multiple benefits to starting your seeds indoors, but my favorite is that we can usually get our harvest even a little sooner.
This activity is great for preschoolers because they get to easily see the transformation from seed to plant. Plus, it’s a great activity to spend even a few minutes on every day.
Play Garden Games
Board games are one of our favorite things to do in winter so it only makes sense to add gardening board games for kids to the mix! Check out a few ideas below:
Books That Can Help With Winter Gardening
If you’re looking for some more ideas for gardening during the winter or with you kids, check out these books.
I hope these ideas for winter garden activities for preschoolers help you make the most of long winters! If you have any other garden activities that you like to do in the winter with your young kids, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!