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Fun Plants For Kids


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Kids love dirt, and they love planting seeds and watching them grow. But what kids love most are fun plants, which hold their interest. Capture a child’s attention through sensory elements by including plants with interesting or unusual characteristics as well as those that stimulate or appeal to their senses.

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Kids not only enjoy plants having various shapes and colors but those they can smell, taste, touch and hear. Let’s take a look at some fun plants for kids.

Fun Plants for Color and Shape

Kids love colorful flowers in a variety of shapes. Here are some great selections to try:

Sunflower

What kid can resist the fun-filled sunflower? Sunflowers come in a variety of sizes and colors, from the nearly 12-foot tall ‘Mammoth’ variety to the smaller 3-foot ‘Sonya.’ There are common yellow sunflowers, or you can grow red and orange varieties, such as ‘Velvet Queen’ and ‘Terracotta.’

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Regardless of the type, kids will be fascinated by its sun-chasing characteristics, not to mention the scrumptious seeds that follow.

Marigold

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In India marigold is one of the most commonly grown flowers and used extensively on religious and social functions in different forms. Flowers are sold in the market as loose or as garlands.

Zinnia

Zinnias have bright, solitary, daisy-like flower heads on a single, erect stem.

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The most common zinnia is “dahlia-flowered” and grows up to three feet. Other types are “cactus-flowered.”

Nasturtium

Adding flowers to food has long been a custom in many cultures around the world.

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If you’re growing nasturtiums in containers, they may need to be trimmed back occasionally over the growing season.

Fun Plants for Smell and Taste

Scented plants awaken their sense of smell. Good choices here include:

Peppermint

Mint is not just easy to grow, but its roots, which are called “runners,” are incredibly invasive: they quickly grow, sprouting new leaves and new plants as they go.

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A commonly grown aromatic herb that is great for kids. Mint comes in numerous varieties, all with unique scents, from peppermint and orange to chocolate, lemon and pineapple.

Dwarf Beans Purple Queen

Beans are always good choices for kids as their seeds are large enough for small children to handle easily.

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‘Purple Queen’ is a bush variety, and once ripe, the beans can easily be spotted by their purple color.

Radish Half Red

Although radishes have small seeds, they germinate quickly, making them ideal for impatient kids. The variety called ‘Easter Egg’ produces red, purple and white radishes.

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These fun, colorful, egg-shaped radishes are a good choice for kids.

Cherry Tomato

Tomatoes are often a huge hit in the children’s garden, especially cherry tomatoes.

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Kids will love the this variety, which produces red, bite-sized tomatoes rather than ordinary ones.


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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.