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Get Children Gardening

Video games are mostly inside experiences. However, they offer experiences that can connect players to a love of gardening and the outside. The games in this list have a garden aspect to their story, game play and interactions.

In some of the games, you use gardening and farming as a central elements, while other games offer gardening as something optional. Either way, these interactions introduce players to concepts of the seasons, crop rotation, soil, fertiliser and the impact on the environment.

If you want to have more time to talk about gardening with a child, or want to introduce them to the idea that they could create their own garden (or crop) then these games are a great way to extend those ideas into reality.

This list includes 52 games from the last 16 years, with 886 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to inspire a love of mud.


 

Apico

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild, while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus...

Graveyard Keeper

Release Date: 15/08/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Graveyard Keeper is a funeral-themed role-playing game where you are the caretaker of a local cemetery. You make choices about how to lay out the plot, what services to offer and generally how to make money from your unusual enterprise. The pixilated...

Stardew Valley

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

Tree

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Platforms: PC

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...

Slime Rancher (Series)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...

Astroneer

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...

Littlewood

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Littlewood (coming to Switch soon) is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You...

One Hour One Life

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...

Farm Together

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Farm Together is a low-pressure farm simulator. You develop your farm by yourself or cooperate with your friends. Starting with an empty plot you can grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, add buildings and facilities, and unlock new items...

House Flipper

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/05/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

House Flipper is a simulation game where you renovate old broken houses to make money. It's a blend of money management, detailed interior design and repair right down to the electric circuitry. It fosters a sense of creativity and imagination in how...

Hundred Days, Winemaking Simulator

Release Date: 13/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Stadia, Switch and iOS

Pieces: Cards

Hundred Days is a strategy game about making wine. You control every aspect of a new Winery, choose vines, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. You make decisions about the process with a simple interface that takes you through each day. It's a...

Paralives

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...

Grounded

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and large...

Hokko Life

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Hokko Life is a community simulation game like Animal Crossing. You pick a town and set up your home, before spending time helping the place develop into a charming rural idyl everyone loves. Even though it's the creation of one person, it has most of...

My Time at Sandrock

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

My Time at Sandrock is a life-simulating role-play game where you restore a run down town. It's set in the same wholesome yet post-apocalyptic world as My Time at Portia. You start by working as a builder, but soon...

Grow Up (Series)

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Grow Up is a running and jumping adventure. It is the sequel to 2015's Grow Home and extends the real physics exploration that lets you push, pull, climb and direct how plants grow in the world.

Little Dragons Café

Release Date: 21/09/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Little Dragons Cafe is a strategy game about running a cafe. Unlike other farming and friendship games you don't have to earn money or toil to gain ingredients. Simply explore, collect and cook. It's a farming gaming without the stress.

My Friend Peppa Pig

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

My Friend Peppa Pig is a narrative role-play game. It recreates the TV show Peppa Pig and features a few of the voice actors from the programme. Unlike the show, you are in the cartoon, controlling a character you create. You play with Peppa and her...

PowerWash Simulator

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/05/2021

Platforms: PC

PowerWash Simulator is a puzzle game where you clean different objects and locations using a pressure washer. It's designed to be soothing with sounds of high-pressure water and satisfyingly clean results as you blast away every speck of dirt and grime.

Viva Pinata

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2006

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

This game is a fantasy garden-simulation game where your tending and care encourages one of 60 different piñata animals to make it their home. You use gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals...

Garden Story

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Garden Story is a role-playing adventure, crafting and farming game similar to Stardew Valley. It also features combat, dungeons and puzzles similar to the Zelda games. You defend your garden-home from an invasion on...

The Garden Path

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

The Garden Path is a slice-of-life simulation game about the small pleasures of gardening. You tend to a world and make it your own through fishing, growing, trading and making new friends. As you do an adventure emerges.

Eco

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.

Terra Nil

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Terra Nil is a strategy game where you are using clean technology to bring back life to a barren world. It's a city building game where you aren't building a city at all, but a clean thriving ecology. It raises interesting themes of how humanity plays...

Mutazione

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PS4 and iOS

In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...

Wildflower From The Embers

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Wildflower is a narrative role-play game about a young witch and her life in a new town. Drawing on play developed in Tenderfoot Tactics, you talk to locals, solve problems, fight demons and witch hunters and commune with the forest spirits, forage,...

Cloud Gardens

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time...

Lawn Mowing Simulator

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Lawn Mowing Simulator is an adventure game where you ride an authentic and expansive roster of lawnmowers. The novelty is a combination of absolute control over lawn care and weed eradication. This is extended beyond a brief distraction by the inclusion...

Strange Horticulture

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/2021

Platforms: PC

Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle detective game where you run a plant shop. While you identify and sell new plants to your customers you discover and influence their interweaving lives. It's unusual because your power is in your knowledge of...

The Stillness of the Wind

Release Date: 07/02/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

In The Stillness of the Wind you are an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the chance to ruminate on her...

From Dust

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2011, updated in 2011

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

From Dust is a strategy game. You play as an all powerful God of a primitive people. The land is ancient but devoid of humans. Unusually, you control the landscape rather than the people, moving land and water and lava to give villagers pathways to...

Deiland Pocket Planet

Release Date: 09/08/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Deiland is an adventure set on a small spherical planet. You farm, craft, and build your own world. Improve your skills, craft tools, cook food, brew potions, and create tools. As you make your home, you will attract merchants to trade materials and...

Wylde Flowers

Release Date: 18/02/2022

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Wylde Flowers is a cozy life and farming strategy game with a witchy twist. It's a charming world of diverse characters, magical spells and player choices. You play Tara, who has moved in to help her grandma and the family farm. By day you work the farm...

Hive Time

Release Date: 31/05/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Hive Time is a strategy game where you build a beehive and make honey. You command your bees to harvest resources, grow your hive, and produce a new Queen before the current one dies. It's unique for its buzzy subject matter, and because it opts for...

Pocket Oasis

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Switch and iOS

Pocket Oasis is a gentle horticulture simulation where you care for plants and pets on your balcony. It's a meditative experience where the end goal, rather than being a defined objective, is simply to create a beautiful balcony with an array of...

Ritual of Raven

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Ritual of Raven is a farming game like Stardew Valley but here you add programming code to the inhabitants of the farm to help them grow and harvest the plants. Similarly to Rabbids Coding,...

Staxel

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Staxel is a strategy farming game. It looks like Minecraft and has block building tools that are similar. However, this is a farming game more like Stardew Valley rather than open-world adventure. There are no monsters or dangers you find in other...

Spring Falls

Release Date: 17/11/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...

Pikmin Bloom

Release Date: 27/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Pikmin Bloom is an adventure strategy game you play by walking outside, like Pokemon Go. You explore your locale to find and recruit colourful Pikmin creatures with different abilities that can be used to complete in-game tasks.

Room to Grow

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Room to Grow is a puzzle game about movement and expansion. You play a plant that moves by growing and wrapping your way around a maze. You can shift your location by growing into walls which enables you to manoeuvre around obstacles and make room for...

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