Big or little
Kids love miniature vegetables such as grape or cherry tomatoes, dwarf plants like ‘Teddy Bear’ sunflower and huge ones such as giant Russian sunflower or pumpkins (if you have space).
For tactile children, try soft lambs’ ears, woolly thyme, annual celosia with bright plumed flowers and even prickly plants such as strawflowers and coneflowers (Echinacea spp.).
Try varieties with weird colours and interesting shapes—purple carrots and beans, rainbow chard, heirloom tomatoes or yellow scallop squash,
Snapdragons and bleeding hearts are fun to manipulate or dissect; annuals such as cosmos, salvia, zinnia and coleus are good for bouquets, and produce more flowers if picked often.
Choose big, quick-to-germinate varieties such as peas, beans, sunflowers, nasturtiums and hyacinth bean vine.