garden therapy for special needs children

Child Gardening Kits-Special Needs Children And Gardening

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Special Needs Kids


Special needs children are very much like any other child, they want to feel useful and have a purpose in their life. Gardening is a great hobby for your special needs child, this hobby will give them confidence and make them proud. Gardening is an awesome way for your child to learn and grow with their garden, learn the benefits and types of gardens for your special needs future gardener.


Year Round Garden Therapy


Gardening provides you child both body and mind benefits, imagine the useful skills your child will learn about growing the plants they choose for their own special garden? Horticultural therapy is a very effective therapy for children with special needs, this type of therapy involves using plants and garden activities to promote healing for people of all ages with special needs.


  • Year Round Benefits
  • Planting & Caring For Their Garden
  • Weeding
  • Watering
  • Building Birdhouses
  • Feeding Stations
  • Planting Terrariums
  • Gardening Photo Albums
  • Mulching The Garden



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Benefits For Special Needs Children


  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Family Bonding
  • Positive Attitude
  • Improved Mood
  • Social Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Promotes Healthy Eating & Nutrition
  • Fun & Interesting To The Children
  • Butterfly & Hummingbird Observation
  • Other Wildlife & Nature Visitors


Types Of Special Needs Gardens


  • Sensory Gardens
  • Zen Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Terrarium Garden
  • Pizza Garden
  • Sunflower Garden
  • Herb Gardens
  • Hummingbird Garden


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Most of these gardens you can find as garden kits, but you can do a little research and choose your own plants or seeds and start your garden from scratch. I would recommend you purchasing a small garden kit for kids to try gardening out on your child, these kits are inexpensive for children and really are a good way to get your child into gardening.


Tools & Supplies


If you chose a garden kit you more likely will not need anything else to get started, but if you have a family garden and plan to add a smaller garden for your child near the family garden you might need some other tools and supplies?


  • Child-Size Garden Tools
  • Child-Size Watering Can
  • Child-Size Wheel Barrow
  • Garden Fertilizer
  • Garden Soil
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Garden Decor Depending On The Garden Type


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What Is On My Mind Today?


Gardening is very good therapy for your child, children want to help and be a part of the family activities. Starting your child into gardening might surprise you how well they do, they will for sure be proud of themselves and their very own garden. Herbs are very easy to grow and inexpensive to purchase, these plants takes very little care and will bring the butterflies and hummingbirds to your child’s garden.


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  • angela says:

    What a fantastic idea! I have two children with autism, and I never thought to have them create their own garden. I can see so much potential with this idea.

    Not only do they learn responsibility (as in having to care for their plants), but they also learn about cycles. They can see results pretty quickly and can also have a sense of pride in what they’ve created.

    Being outside with nature is also fantastic for them. I often find it difficult to get my children outside (one has a crazy fear of ‘bugs’), but with the focus on the tending to the plants in their garden, they tend to forget about their fears and focus on what they’re working on – growing a garden.

    There is no judgement from the plants, and if they grow herbs/food plants then they also have the rewards of their hard work and commitment that can be eaten!

    Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea, and I never had heard of gardening kits before reading this, that’s definitely something I’m going to be looking into.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Angela,

      I am happy my article on garden therapy has been so helpful and motivating for you, children with autism often avoid being outdoors and introducing them to garden is a good way to get them to spend more time outdoors……………..who knows maybe your child with the bug fear will overcome this fear through gardening


  • Admin says:

    Excellent activity for special children that brings them closer to knowing and taking care of the work they can do. I believe it is an activity that can do in family and that represents the attention and care that we must have with each of our activities, reinforces the self-esteem and creates the basis of work in the future.
    Thanks, great post!

    • admin says:

      Thank You

      I appreciate you sharing with me and my other readers today, something as simple as gardening can make such a change in a special child’s life.


  • Steve says:

    Fantastic idea! Having worked with special needs children, I’ve seen how different activities can affect them socially and emotionally. I hadn’t thought of gardening specifically, but it makes sense.

    Gardening can be fun and fulfilling, and it seems it would be quite therapeutic for children who struggle to live what we would consider to be “normal” lives. Thank you for this great article!

    • admin says:

      Thank You Steve,

      I am happy to hear you have worked with special needs children, they are in deed special kids with many challenges to overcome and gardening is a great activity to help them adjust.


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