2020 Gift Guide

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Are you looking for some kids garden gift ideas? We've got them! This year, we’re thinking hands-on. These suggestions are great for all ages - including adults.

Garden kits

There are lots of great garden kits out there, but you can often save money if you think of the activity you want to do, and then built a little kit around it. (Our activity e-kits are great for this!) Here are a few more ideas:

Seed ball kit
Seed balls are great fun for nature-lovers! You can buy a seed ball kit or put together your own with some seed ball mix and wildflower seeds.

close up of plants growing in a terrariumIf you’d prefer to put together a little kit on your own, we’ve got a seed ball recipe, and our friends at Botanical Interest have some wildflower seed collections appropriate for different parts of the country.

Container garden kit
Do you know how much we love and recommend container gardening? It’s a great way to start (or expand!) at home or at school. Try this container garden seed collection to kick off your planting, and put them in a stack of containers.

Terrarium kit
You can create a very cool, mini living playspace with a few simple materials! If you want to bump up the fun factor, you could make a few acorn people or purchase a few fairy gardening accessories. Check out the materials list on our Build a Terrarium activity for more details.

Books

Books are always fun! We love Emma Biggs’ book Gardening with Emma. It’s bright, colorful, full of creative inspiration for kids, written by a kid!

Each year, the American Horticultural Society and Junior Master Gardener select the best new children’s books about gardening and nature. All the selections are great, but The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter, by Shabazz Larkin is my favorite.

Worms

How about a worm composter? This may be more of a family gift, but feeding your food scraps to worms is very cool! (Our program director Christine loves hers. Watch a little demo of how she uses her worm composter.) You can also make your own worm composting bin.

Small socks with worms, soil, carrots, and turnipsSocks

If you need a stocking stuffer for your young gardener, we have just a few pairs left of our custom KidsGardening socks!

Celebrate Soils with KidsGardening!

Two kids shoveling compost into a garden

How much do you know about the role soil plays in our lives?

Wendell Berry says, “soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.”

It’s hard to find anything in this life not touched by soil; the food we eat, the homes we live in, the clothes we wear, even the air we breathe depends on soil. That’s why it’s critical that we educate young people about the virtues of soil.

Soil education is a lesson in systems thinking. When we educate kids about the importance of soil, we teach them that by caring for the soil we are caring for the health of our planet, and all living things.

December 5th is World Soil Day and we have some great resources to support you as you teach about soil. Read on to find out more about our free film screeningcomposter giveaway, and soil teaching resources.

green tree with white words "kiss the ground" and then "the solution is under our feet"FREE Film Screening

We’re hosting a FREE film screening of the Kiss The Ground Movie.  Join us at 8 PM Eastern on December 5th for the film screening and Q&A with Kiss the Ground educator, Karen Rodriguez, where we will be discussing the ways that our relationship to the soil directly impacts the planet as a whole.

Register for FREE here

All registrants will receive a follow-up opportunity to request a free DVD of the Educators’ Version of this new film as well as a Soil Education Resource Pack.

Subpod Composting System Giveaway

Subpod system shows soil, plants, and airOur friends at Subpod are giving away TWO Grow Bundles valued at $319 each to the KidsGardening community! Subpod is the new in-garden composting system and worm farm. It's an easy way to compost your waste and grow fresh, organic food – whether you're at home or in the classroom. One Subpod Grow Bundle includes a grow garden bed, a Subpod compost system, and a compost aerator.

Enter the Subpod giveaway!

 

Soil Education Teaching Materials

Two kids compostingKidsGardening celebrates soil every day by developing and sharing high-quality, hands-on teaching materials for you to use to teach about soils. Check out a few of the resources we love:

  • Digging into Soils Practicum: A high school curriculum guide intended to cultivate a new generation inspired to make collective choices that preserve and improve existing soil resources.
  • Soil Story Curriculum: Kiss the Ground offers a FREE downloadable Middle School Curriculum developed in partnership with Life Lab is designed to introduce young people to the magic of soil and the fascinating connection it has to the food we eat, our health, and our climate.
  • Project Hero Soil Quest: Project Hero is an online program of the Captain Planet Foundation that challenges youth to be heroes for species and ecosystems in trouble. The Soil Quest takes young people on a learning journey to explore life living below our feet and the importance of healthy soils to maintain the carbon cycle.