Taking care of something is always a great way to teach your children a lot of valuable things in life. If you're not too big on having pets, though, there are alternatives to teaching your kid how to take care of a living creature. Having a vegetable patch is one of those techniques.
If you have even just a small unoccupied space in your lawn or backyard, you can start building a teeny garden with your young one. It's up to you what kind of plants to grow, although vegetables would be the most ideal for a number of reasons.