Plants are amazing. Give them some sunlight, a little water and they’ll give you vibrant colors, flowers, food and clean air. They’re also a great addition to your child’s room as well, providing the same benefits, while additionally allowing your child to take on the responsibility of taking care of something.
Being stuck at home, I’ve picked up a few new hobbies myself – my favorite one being houseplants. My excitement has rubbed off on my kids as well. They’re almost as excited to pick out a new plant as they are a toy (well, almost, haha). My kids are young though, and they need things that are easy to take care of, tough, and most importantly, non toxic. Luckily, there are quite a few plants that fit this description, and my kids are happy to have their own plants to care for and love.
Note: I’ve included shopping links for easy identification and purchasing, but many of these plants are easy to find in your local nurseries, hardware stores, grocery stores or even marketplace. I highly recommend buying local to avoid shipping charges.
Spider plants are very hardy, easy to grow plants that I recommend for almost any plant beginners – even kids. Don’t let the name fool you, these plants are named because of the way baby plants hang from the mama. It can withstand both neglect and over attention from eager children. It looks great in a hanging basket, or simply placed on a dresser. Let dry out between waterings.
Air plants are so easy they don’t even need dirt. Just give them a good dunk every couple of weeks and they’re good to go. Normally found growing attached to trees, these easy plants can be grown almost anywhere. Plus, there’s so many cute holders available, you can find something to match any child’s room aesthetics.
String of Hearts & Turtles
Hearts and Turtles aren’t quite as easy as some of the others on this list, but they’re nontoxic and look great in hanging baskets. Plus, my kids love the fun leaf shapes.
Kids love African Violets since under the right conditions, they can almost always be blooming flowers. Plus they’re fuzzy. These plants aren’t too picky, but make sure to avoid getting the water on the leaves or else they might start to rot. Water the plant from the bottom or use a syringe to avoid getting the leaves wet.
Parlor Palms can get very very big under the right conditions, but luckily can be purchased when they are quiet small. Consistently moist (but not wet) soil can help these plants flourish.
Aloe Vera have long been used for their medicinal properties, and my kids love preparing the leaves for preservation. Keep these plants on the drier side – they’re from the desert after all.
Bromeliad are closely related to air plants, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pineapples are actually a type of bromeliad, and can be easily grown from the top of any pineapple you get from the store. Just know that once a bromeliad flowers, it will slowly start to die. Not to worry though, baby plants will soon spring up around the base of the plants, giving your child many new plants to nurture.
Note: Although bromeliads aren’t toxic, the leaves of some bromeliad’s can be pretty sharp, so might be best placed a little higher up. Just ask my 5 year old – who lost a balloon due to sharp leaves.
Neither a strawberry plant, nor a begonia, these pretty plants look great in hanging baskets as the babies it creates hang down the planter. My kids love this plant since its fuzzy, and they’re such great plants for kids rooms.
Plants are a great way to spruce up any room – including your child’s. They put out what you put in. These beginner plants are perfect for any little green thumbs.