Garden Glove Puppet: Give a single garden glove to every guest. Provide a variety of items used in creating finger puppets: wiggly eyes, tiny hats, felt, puffy paints, markers, and so on. Let the kids make their own glove puppets.
Name Garden: Give each guest a flat metal tray such as small cookie sheet or tin box. Fill the tray with a layer of potting soil. Have the kids “write” their names in the soil using grass seeds. Spray the dirt lightly with water and set in indirect sunlight for the rest of the garden birthday party. Then send them home with the gardeners. In a few days their “names” with begin to grow!
Pin the Stem on the Flower: Before the party, draw a large flower on construction paper. Cut out paper stems for all your garden birthday party guests. Blindfold the kids, one by one, and get them to stick their stems on the flower.
Bug Hunt: Before your flower birthday party, hide plastic insects around the yard. Give each guest a baggie and set them on a bug hunt. They have to find as many plastic critters as they can. They may trade bugs at the end of the activity and take them home as garden party favors.
Butterfly Bean Bag Toss: Have the kids toss the bean bags into pots or buckets. You can also get a cardboard flower mural with holes cut out. (They are available at party stores.)
Funny Foods: Buy unusual looking foods (e.g., turnips, kumquats, poi, celery root, etc.) at gourmet or ethnic food stores. Display the items one at a time and have the players guess what each one is. If they don’t know, have them make up a funny name for the food item. Award prizes for correct answers.
Sweet as a Rose: Buy a variety of fragrant flowers at the florist, and put them together in a vase. At game time, have the kids close their eyes. Pull out one flower at a time, pass it around to the players in a circle, and have them identify the flower based on its smell.
Portable Greenhouse: Draw outlines of greenhouses on green construction paper. Cut out the center of each greenhouse, leaving a one-inch edge around the outside, then distribute the outlines with plastic lunch baggies to the kids. Have them moisten a paper towel, fold it in half, and place it on the bottom of the baggie. Rest five beans or seeds on top of the towel. Tape the cutout greenhouse around the baggie as a frame, then tape the house to a window. Have the guests take their framed baggies home and place them on their own windows.
Taste & Tell: Cut an onion in half and set it on the table. Gather the kids around the table, blindfold one of them, then give her a small piece of a vegetable or fruit to taste. Before tasting the item, the kid must take a whiff of the onion to help disguise the taste. Award prizes for correct answers and repeat with all the kids.
Watering Can Brigade: Divide the garden birthday party goers into two teams. Have the members of each team line up side by side. Hand the leader of each line a watering can. The race begins as the teams quickly pass their cans down the lines to the last person. He then runs to the head of his line and begins the process all over again. The team to have its leader return to her original position – wins!
Veggie Monster: Place a number of small vegetables and fruits on the table. Ask the kids to create a Veggie Monster, using toothpicks to attach the different pieces of fruits and veggies. Award prizes for the most creative, the prettiest, the funniest, the scariest, and so on.