Alphabet Garden Theme: Creating An Alphabet Garden With Kids

Alphabet Garden Theme: Creating An Alphabet Garden With Kids

The use of garden themes is a great way to get children involved with gardening. They can be both fun and educational. Not only will the kids enjoy picking the plants and other garden items, but they will also be learning their ABCs in the process. Keep reading for more information on creating an alphabet garden for your child.

ABC Garden Ideas

There are a number of ways to design an alphabet garden theme. Here are just a few ideas to help get you started, or use your imagination to come up with some unique designs of your own.

General ABC’s – Most alphabet gardens are simply created by incorporating plants that begin with each letter of the alphabet; that’s 26 alphabet garden plants. For example, plant some asters for “A,” balloon flowers for “B,” cosmos for “C” and so on. For best results, make sure the plants that your child chooses share the same or similar growing conditions. Hint: If they do not share growing requirements, some can be grown in containers.

ABC Names – With this alphabet theme, choose plants that begin with the each letter of your child’s name. If space allows, you can even use these plants to actually spell out their name in the garden by forming the individual letters with the corresponding plant. For additional interest, make a theme within a theme. (i.e. edible plants, flowering plants, animal plants, monochromatic plants, etc.) Using my name, Nikki, as an example, you might have flowering plants like Nasturtium, Iris, Knautia, Kalanchoe, and Impatiens.

ABC Shapes – Similar to names, this design uses your child’s first initial for the overall shape of the ABC garden. For instance, a garden shaped like a large letter “N” would be used for Nikki. Fill the garden letter with plants that begin with the corresponding letter, or you could opt for plants that spell out the name. If space provides, throw in a mix of all 26 letters of the alphabet using a combination of both plants and garden ornaments.

Child’s Alphabet Garden Additions

An alphabet garden theme wouldn’t be complete with some creative additions. Other than plants, your child can learn his or her ABCs through simple crafts and art projects that can be used to accent the garden. Here are some ideas:

Plant labels – Help your child create labels for the plants in the garden. This will also help older children with spelling.

Plant signs – Using the same concept as with labels, your child can make or decorate signs for each plant name. Alternatively, you can create a letter for each alphabet plant name and have your child decorate with paint, or whatever, and place these in their designated locations.

Stepping stones – Make interesting paths along the way or simply mark off specific areas of the garden with hand-crafted tiles or stepping stones using letters of the alphabet. You could even make them with your child’s name instead.

Alphabet Garden Plants

The plant possibilities for your child’s alphabet garden are endless. That said, here is an ABC plant list with some of the more common ones (Remember to choose those that match your growing region. Also, make sure all chosen plants are age appropriate.):

A: aster, allium, alyssum, apple, azalea, asparagus, amaryllis

B: balloon flower, begonia, banana, bachelor button, baby’s breath, bean

C: cosmos, carnation, coleus, corn, carrot, cucumber, cactus

D: dahlia, daffodil, dogwood, daisy, dandelion, dianthus

E: elephant ear, eggplant, euphorbia, Easter lily, eucalyptus, elderberry

F: flax, forget-me-not, fern, fuchsia, fig, forsythia

G: garlic, gardenia, geranium, gerbera daisy, grape hyacinth, grape

H: hosta, hens and chicks, hydrangea, hellebore, hyacinth, hibiscus

I: iris, impatiens, ivy, Indian grass, iceberg lettuce, ice plant

J: juniper, jasmine, jack-in-pulpit, johnny jump up, jade, joe pye weed

K: knautia, kalanchoe, kohlrabi, kale, kiwi, kumquat, katniss, kangaroo paw

L: lily, liatris, lilac, lavender, lime, lemon, larkspur

M: monkey grass, melon, mouse plant, marigold, mint, morning glory

N: nasturtium, nectarine, narcissus, nettle, nutmeg, nerine

O: onion, orchid, oak, oleander, olive, orange, oregano

P: pepper, potato, pansy, peach, petunia, parsley, pea

Q: quince, queen anne’s lace, quamash, quisqualis

R: rose, radish, rhododendron, raspberry, rosemary, red hot poker

S: strawberry, squash, sedum, sunflower, sage, snapdragon

T: tulip, tomato, tomatillo, tangerine, thistle, thyme, tuberose

U: umbrella plant, urn plant, uvularia bellwort, unicorn plant

V: Venus flytrap, violet, viburnum, valerian, verbena, veronica

W: watermelon, wisteria, water lily, wand flower, weigela, wishbone flower

X: xerophyte plants, xeriscape plants

Y: yarrow, yucca, yam, yew

Z: zebra grass, zucchini, zoysia grass

  • Clay pots in various sizes
  • Dry black beans
  • Mini wood craft sticks (I received mine from )
  • Green Liquid Watercolor Paint or green food coloring (optional)
  • Flower stickers
  • Wite-Out pen or black sharpie
  • Tray or cookie sheet
  • Green felt

Some cool season crops with temperatures from 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit include:
asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach

Some warm weather crops with temperatures 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit include:
cantaloupe, corn, cucumber, peppers, squash, tomatoes

Some hot weather crops with temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit include:
beans, eggplant, peanuts, watermelon

Tips from the Middle Ages
1.To keep bugs away from strawberries, plant borage
2. Plant lovage next to or near tomatoes
3. Keep hyssop close to grapes
4. Catnip branches repel Japanese beetles
5. Valerian brings worms up to the top of the earth and aerates soil
6. Marigolds smell and usually bugs hate their odor

Gardening Lesson Plan ideas: Answer the following:

1. What is a cottage garden? (25 species in one, free-form bed
2. What credentials/abilities allow someone to become a master gardener?
3. What purpose do ladybugs serve? Did you know that they can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in their lifetime?

Letter Sound Activities

Many of the activities that are listed for recognizing the letters of the alphabet can also be adjusted for learning the sounds of the letters too!

Here are 16 alphabet activities to work on the sounds of the letters!

  1. Go on a hunt for toys that start with the letters and then got to punch through for a prize in our letter sound punch alphabet game.
  2. Make an alphabet game to sort by beginning letter sounds.
  3. An active way for the kids to learn their letters is simply with a ball and shouting out words that start with a letter! The Pleasantest Thing gives us many variations of this alphabet game in her guest post!
  4. Take learning outside with a sidewalk letter sound scavenger hunt like I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar.
  5. Another version of this would be to spray the letter that makes the sound from Train Up a Child.
  6. Indoors, set out some cups and letters on them and have the kids find as many toys as they can that start with each letter. (PreKinders)
  7. Simple. Kids love to pretend to ‘work’. Give them tees and a hammer and pound the sound idea from Happy Brown House.
  8. Add letters to muffin tins and toss a small object. Where it lands the child has to tell you what sound that letter makes. This idea’s found at ABC & Learning by Playdough to Plato.
  9. Do a beginning letter sound toy wash!
  10. Climb up the stairs when you get the right letter sound from A Mom with a Lesson Plan.
  11. Make a collage from magazine cutouts for letter sounds. (Carrots are Orange)
  12. Get active with a letter sound jumping game from The Imagination Tree.
  13. A Run N Spell alphabet game from Having Fun At Home gets the kids moving and learning starting letter sounds.
  14. “Baking” the Alphabet on a hot day from Not Just Cute. Hungry for a banana? Fill up the letter b-b-b-B!
  15. Alphabet bowling with letter pins from Toddler Approved
  16. Use letter pops (sticks with a letter on the end) to have the kids identify objects from around the room or house that start with the same letter. (Dr. Jean & Friends)
  17. Match toys to letters with this hands-on sound activity from No Time For Flash Cards

More Gardening Activities

14. Growing Vegetables from Scraps (What Do We Do All Day) – Observing how some vegetables magically regrow from scraps is a fascinating plant science project you can do at home with the kids even if you don’t have a yard!

15. How to Grow a Carrot Top (Laughing Kids Learn) – Here are the instructions on how to grow a carrot top at home. This is a fabulous introduction to growing for children as it provides them with a basic form of responsibility to look after and help it grow.

16. Planting and Observing Bulbs (Buggy and Buddy) – In this science experiment for kids, children will be forcing bulbs into bloom and observing the changes that take place over time. This science exploration allows students the opportunity to observe parts of the plant up close and monitor its growth on a free printable recording sheet.

17. Planting Seeds Outside (Learning and Exploring Through Play) – Your toddler will have fun planting seeds outside with this simple gardening activity. And can be brought indoors once done!

18. Planting a Garden with Preschoolers (Teaching Mama) – Get a seed starter kit, and have some fun starting an indoor garden (that can later be transferred outside) in this gardening activity for preschoolers.

19. Organic Gardening: Planting Spring Flowers (Rhythms of Play) – Gardening with kids is a great way to spend time connecting with your children teaching them the basics of plant care. Learn how to get children in the garden helping and teach them how to plant flowers with the easy step by step spring flower organic gardening tutorial!

20. Planting Wildflowers (Lemon Lime Adventures) – Explore the ABC’s of nature and plant some wildflowers in this gardening activity for kids.

21. Growing Potatoes with Kids (Kids Activities Blog) – Learn how easy it is to grow potatoes with kids in this fun science gardening activity.

22. Planting with Preschoolers: Grass Haircuts (Creekside Learning) – Use some plastic cups, and quick to grow grass seed and watch your preschooler have fun giving a grass haircut.

23.Sprouting Sweet Potatoes – (Pre-K Pages)- Have fun growing your own sweet potatoes by using one you pick up at the store or farmer’s market! This is simple gardening activity the kids will love!

24. Growing Lettuce in the Science Center (Pre-K Pages) – Not all kids may like to eat lettuce, but they will love this fun scienceexperiment! Here’s how you can use scraps from your kitchen to easily and quickly re-grow lettuce in your classroom. Your kids will be full of questions as they observe the changes taking place in this captivating science experiment!

25. Growing Grass in the Classroom (Pre-K Pages) – Growing grass indoors in a cup is the perfect science experiment for preschoolers because it grows easily in many different environments, both indoors and outdoors. Your kids will love growing grass at home or in the classroom with only a few basic materials.

26. Growing a Beanstalk in Preschool (Pre-K Pages) – Planting and growing beans is a tradition in many preschool classrooms. This simple science activity is perfect when paired with the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk at school or home.

Watch the video: KinderBox Alphabet Garden Song l Rhymes