Gardening – Baby

gardening babyGardens are great for engaging babies’ senses.

Did you know?

Babies first learn about the world through sensory play. Visual sensations like brightly coloured flowers or light coming through the trees, the smells of herbs, or touching grass, leaves and petals are all ways your baby can explore their senses in the garden.

Add language

Provide the words to match what your baby is doing, seeing, or touching e.g. “soft grass”, “pretty flower”, “smells nice”, “yucky”.


The garden is a great space to spend some of your usual activity time with your baby. Try reading a story, singing songs, or encouraging tummy time outside. You can match the story or song to something in the garden and the outdoor noises and sights will help your baby to look up and strengthen their muscles and control.


Know what kinds of plants are in your garden and if they are ok to touch and/or taste. UV rays can be harmful to babies’ delicate skin so look for shady areas and use sun protection.
Kid Safe has put together a fact sheet on toxic plants and kids, you can view it here.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. See how gardening can be a fun activity for toddlerschildren and playgroups.


Activities listed under “baby” are suitable for children under 12 months. This age is largely about babies exploring their own bodies and the world around them from the safety of a close relationship with their caregiver.