Preschool / Child Care Garden Resources

More Than Mud Pies More Than Mud Pies

National Food Service Management Institute.

These 54 lessons built around the seasons of the year each include activities to learn about growth, nutrition, and preparation of foods.


Farm to Preschool

Teach young children where food comes from by partnering with a local farm!


Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care staff introduces children to fruits and vegetables. Each set of lessons in the six booklets contain hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate.


What’s Right for Young Children II: Childcare Gardens (PDF | 2.8 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This packet provides childcare sites with ideas and resources to improve the childcare nutrition environment through fruit and vegetable gardening.


Mealtime Memo for Child Care

National Food Service Management Institute.

Two-page fact sheet for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, published six times per year. Issues related to gardening include:


CARE Connection

National Food Service Management Institute.

CARE Connection provides education and training resources based on best practices in the operation of child care centers and family day care homes in the CACFP environment. Resources include short grab-and-go lessons that can be taught in 10 minutes or less, easy lesson plans, family materials, and children's nutrition education  activities. Materials related to gardening include:


Got Dirt? Cover Got Dirt? A Garden Toolkit for Implementing Youth Gardens (PDF | 2.7 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The toolkit is designed to provide the basic steps of starting and maintaining a youth fruit and vegetable garden. Includes several examples of successful community, childcare, and school gardening projects in Wisconsin.


Growing a Green Generation

Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) at the University of New Hampshire.

The Growing a Green Generation Project (GGG) is an interdisciplinary research, curriculum and community outreach effort focused on engaging young children, families and teachers in the joy of gardening.


Mrs. Obama Plants a Garden Video

PBS. Sesame Street.

Grow a garden with Elmo and First Lady Michelle Obama.