Early Childhood Education Lessons and Activities
Topic: plant science, projects & crafts
Grade Level: Preschool
Location(s): Indoor, Outdoor
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
ece lessons, curriculum, and literature
Lesson Plan
Explore the links below to find lesson and activity ideas for ECE gardening programs.

Gro More Good Learning Activities
A joint project of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, this curriculum provides a wide variety of lesson ideas for each season targeting Tiny Gardeners (infants and toddlers) through Garden Guides (grades 1 to 3).


KidsGardening Garden Activities
An extensive collection of garden activities for home or school youth gardens.


KidsGardening ECE Lesson Plans
Five lesson plans for home or school that cover gardening basics including plant life cycles, plant needs, plant parts, pollinators and soil.


Growing Minds Farm to Preschool
Growing Minds Farm to Preschool Program shares an extensive collection of lesson plans, a farm to school preschool kit and weekly resources designed for parents and families.


Got Veggies? ECE Edition
Lesson and tips from Rooted to help implement vegetable garden.


Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit from the USDA
A garden-based nutrition education kit for early childhood educators.


Junior Master Gardener's Learn, Grow, Eat & Go
The National JMG Program is currently working on an ECE version of their popular Learn, Grow, Eat & Go Curriculum.


Edible Schoolyard Project Resource Library
Edible Schoolyard Project has created a searchable database of lesson plans for preK- 12th grade.


Junior Master Gardener/ American Horticultural Society “Growing Good Kids: Excellence in Children’s Literature Book Award”
An annual award for the best garden themed children’s literature books. Includes a list of the best classics from the last 100 years.


Ready Set Grow Multicultural Collection of Farm to ECE Books
The Food Trust has gathered a collection of recommended children's books featuring characters from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.  The list also includes titles available in Spanish.


Printed Resources

Life Lab: Sowing the Seeds of Wonder (Book)
An extensive collection of tried and true ECE lesson plans.


Garden Adventures (Book)
A guide designed to help early childhood educators teach kids plant basics through garden activities.

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