Here are some recommendations for hearty plants that can withstand regular, generous watering :)
-> Sunflowers - these are fantastic once they’re fully grown and really easy to grow if you have sun. Once the seeds are ready for harvest, you can dry out the flowers and use tweezers to pluck the sunflower seeds out to roast them and eat them! -> Marigolds -> Nasturtium -> Geranium -> Purple Cone Flowers -> Ornamental Grass
You could also plant a herb garden and then plan a recipe with your child to cook with them.
Plant the flower with your child. Remember to follow their pace and don’t rush it.
Write the name of the plants/flowers on a popsicle sticks with permanent marker so the rain doesn't wash it away. This is great for language development.
Demonstrate how to check the soil to gauge if the garden needs water. Your child may not be able to do this simply with their eyes so get down to the ground to show them how to feel the soil.
Watering the plants - Involve your child every step of the way. An older toddler may be able to manoeuvre the hose independently. You can give them a chance to try and show them how to fill up their own watering can.
Invite your child to carry the watering can from the faucet to the area to be watered. While this is a chore for most adults, children love maximum effort, full body work. And even if your child only puts little bit of water in can, this makes for more repetition, which is great too!
If your child overfills watering can, they’ll problem-solve to figure out how to get the full can to the garden. When you slow down, there's so many opportunities for learning!
Talk about the plant. You can also talk about why the plants/flowers are thriving or dying. For instance, if there's not a lot of rain and too much sun, the plants need more water.
Bonus Activities - if your child shows an interest in gardening