We had fun picking the lettuce that is now ready in addition to our swiss chard and spinach. Lettuce is an easy and fast grower that can be done in pots or in the ground (needs lots of sun) that kids can enjoy watching, picking and eating.
My kids' main interest in the garden is, "What can we eat?" Currently asparagus is about the only semi-clean vegetable that is producing in our garden. They chomped down on that and were asking for more!
A few weeks ago my boys planted carrot seeds. Kaden is checking them out to see if they're ready yet. Not yet, but soon! How exciting for them to see that their seeds are growing though. Most of their friends think carrots come in bags from the store called baby carrots!
Bush beans are another great seed to plant that kids love to pick (and of course, my kids eat them raw in the garden). Another favorite are pepper or tomato plants that can be bought at nurseries right now. (Good producers that kids love to pick). Again all of these things can be planted in pots, in your flower beds, or a small plot you pick in your yard as long as they get sun most of the day.
Kids can also get into digging in the dirt, watering, hoeing and picking weeds. Gardening is a great education tool and a good way to spend quality time with your kids while producing something to eat for your family!