Gardening for Kids with Disabilities

Gardening can be an excellent activity for children with disabilities. Caring for their own section of the garden can give children a great feeling of accomplishment as they watch their plants grow and change.

The benefits of gardening for children include:
  • Improvement in fine and gross motor skills
  • Improved social skills
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Enhanced sensory perception and creativity
Gardening can be made easy and fun for children of all abilities by keeping mind a few things:
  • Have drinks and snacks available
  • Provide small or child-sized tools for better grip
  • Use larger seeds for easier handling; place smaller seeds into a spice jar and sprinkle for easier planting
  • Allow for frequent rest breaks
  • Plant plants that grow quickly and easily
  • Modify the garden using raised beds, containers or trellis to make gardening easier for a child with special needs
Accessible Gardening Websites
Gardening with Children Websites